Category: Class | Type: Glossary Word | Title: Persuasion (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 1

A patent is a document originating with the king or queen and conferring in this case the title of baronet. Although Sir Walter's rank may not be very high, that in his mind is compensated for by the age of his family. He is savoring the limited remnant of genuinely old families who have survived to the present year, 1814, as opposed to the many parvenu nobility who were ennobled in the middle and later part of the 18th c.  

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