Dec08, Jane Austen, William Elliot, Mr Elliot's Dilemma
Title: Mr Elliot's Dilemma Fandom: Jane Austen, Persuasion Character: William Elliot Rating: PG Note: For stasia.
All had been going so well. He had reinstated himself in Sir Walter's good graces; his cousin Elizabeth favoured him; he had even neutralized Mrs Clay, who not unnaturally preferred the chance of a future Sir William to that of the present Sir Walter. But all those manoeuvrings were now wasted, with Anne's announcement of her engagement to Captain Wentworth. If he were to marry Mrs Clay, he might prevent his own supplanting by an heir apparent, but she would bring neither dowry nor dignity to his estate. Marriage to Elizabeth might suffice, but would be dreadful. Damn Anne, anyhow.