Persuasion, a novel, tells the story of Anne Elliot, an unmarried 27-year-old who pines for her former love Frederick Wentworth, a man her father refused to let her marry years ago. When Wentworth reappears in her life and Anne's family fortune begins to dwindle, Anne must look past her feelings to build a life where she can be happy. Though resentful of Anne at first, spending time around her causes Wentworth's former feelings to rekindle.
"Very true, very true. What Miss Anne says is very true," was Mr. Shepherd's rejoinder, and "Oh! certainly," was his daughter's; but Sir Walter's remark was, soon afterwards:
"The profession has its utility, but I should be sorry to see any friend of mine belonging to it."
"Indeed!" was the reply, and with a look of surprise.
"Yes; it is in two points offensive to me; I have two strong grounds of objection to it. First, as a means of bringing persons of obscure birth into undue distinction, and raising men to honours which their fathers and grandfathers never dreamt of; and secondly, as it cuts up a man's youth and vigour most horribly; a sailor grows old sooner than any other man. I have observed it all my life. A man is in greater danger in the navy of being insulted by the rise of one whose father his father might have disdained to speak to, and of becoming prematurely an object of disgust himself, than in any other line."