Persuasion, by Jane Austen
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. This was the page at which the favorite
volume always opened:
"ELLIOT OF KELLYNCH HALL.
"Walter Elliot, born March 1, 1760, married, July 15, 1784, Elizabeth,
daughter of James Stevenson, Esq. of South Park, in the county of
Gloucester, by which lady (who died 1800) he has issue Elizabeth,
born June 1, 1785; Anne, born August 9, 1787; a still-born son,
November 5, 1789; Mary, born November 20, 1791."
This border is based on an illustration by C. E. Brock for Persuasion.
Source: The C.E. Brock Illustrations of Persuasion