Most Conniving Character #2
Mr. John Thorpe, Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen's description of the disagreeable John Thorpe goes as follows: He was a stout young man of middling height, who, with a plain face and ungraceful form, seemed fearful of being too handsome unless he wore the dress of a groom, and too much like a gentleman unless he were easy where he ought to be civil, and impudent where he might be allowed to be easy. A boastful fortune-hunter, given to talking in cant and lying carelessly to suit his needs, he angles after Catherine Morland's fortune, mistaking her to be the Allen's heiress. Catherine is repulsed by him, and at one Assembly Ball tries to hide from him behind her fan. Because of John's boasting (see image), General Tilney invites her to Northanger Abbey, where, as they say, the plot thickens.
Mr.William Elliot, Persuasion
On the surface, Mr. Elliot, heir to the Elliot fortune, is an amiable and good-looking man. Anne Elliot, though flattered by his attention, finds him almost too smooth and perfect. But, although Lady Russell approves of the match, Anne cannot bring herself to fully trust him. She demonstrates good instincts. When Mrs. Smith reveals Mr. Elliot's perfidy in his criminal mishandling of her meager fortune, Anne is not as shocked as she would have been had she fallen for the man. Mr. Elliot seeking to secure his inheritance, wishes to prevent at all cost the union between Sir Walter and Mrs. Clay. Jane left tantalizing clues in her last book, which she rushed to completion during her final illness: if Mr. Elliot is so dead set against Mrs. Clay, why is he seen talking to her?