Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties were roused into admiration and respect, by contemplating the limited remnant of the earliest patents; there any unwelcome sensations, arising from domestic affairs changed naturally into pity and contempt as he turned over the almost endless creations of the last century; and there, if every other leaf were powerless, he could read his own history with an interest which never failed.
She knew, that when he now took up the Baronetage, it was to drive the heavy bills of his tradespeople, and the unwelcome hints of Mr Shepherd, his agent, from his thoughts.
His politeness for the fair sex has already been hinted at by Miss Rebecca Sharp--in a word, the whole baronetage
, peerage, commonage of England, did not contain a more cunning, mean, selfish, foolish, disreputable old man.
"'Sir Walter Elliott, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage
'-- don't you know Sir Walter?--'There he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one.' She does write well, doesn't she?
Charles Kidd, editor of Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage
, shared some of the titles that were still available in the runup of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding when fans were speculating what title would be bestowed to Prince William's brother.
is not part of the peerage, nor is it an order of knighthood.
Persuasions opening paragraph alludes to a looming economic crisis: the "unwelcome sensations, arising from domestic affairs" (3) that afflict Sir Walter Elliot and send him to Debrett's Baronetage
of England for consolation involve his growing increasingly "distressed for money" (9).
Briggs or the ridiculous fixation of Austen's Sir Walter Elliott on the Baronetage
cataloguing the members of English nobility, lists as motifs and methods are indispensable elements for the novel's exploration of contemporary realities.
(18) Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, Baronetage
and Knightage (London: Burke's Peerage, 1970).
The volume concerned is The Baronetage
of England and it conveniently falls open at the usual page, a history of the Elliots of Kelynch Hall.
For instance, in her sixth chapter, "Persuasion's Battle of the Books: Baronetage
versus Navy List," Barchas discusses the inversion of names in Persuasion by which Austen gives names of baronets to her naval characters and names of naval heroes to her landowners.
(4) Sir Matthew's rise was solidified with the granting of a baronetage
to the family in 1831, reviving a title dormant since the seventeenth century.