charles musgrove

30 Day Jane Austen Challenge - Day 29 - Favorite character back story

I love the little throwaway backstory in Persuasion that Charles Musgrove had proposed to Anne Elliot and was refused by her before he settled instead for her (highly inferior) sister Mary.  He wishes he had been able to win Anne as does his entire family who are all weary of Mary.  It shows that Charles must have a very understanding heart, but it also shows that Anne was once VERY desireable.  She had more than one man wanting to marry her!  It must also be a craw in Mary’s side and explains why she treats Anne so badly.  It’s one of those little pieces of backstory that informs the entire novel!