Vanity, thy name is Sir Walter

“Vanity was the beginning and end of Sir Walter Elliot’s character: vanity of person and of situation. He had been remarkably handsome in his youth, and at fifty-four was still a very fine man. . . . He considered the blessing of beauty as inferior only to the blessing of a baronetcy; and the Sir Walter Elliot, who united these gifts, was the constant object of his warmest respect and devotion.”

Persuasion, volume 1, chapter 1

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3 Responses to Vanity, thy name is Sir Walter

  1. Sir Walter! I loved Anthony Head’s protrayal in the new Persuasion 07. He had the best scenes and lines!
    Thanks Laurie for reminding me!
    Cheers, Laurel Ann

  2. Luciana

    This makes me remember of a Mary’s quote in P&P: “Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”