Richard "Dick" Musgrove is a character mentioned in Persuasion, and never appears in the book. His father was Charles Musgrove, Esq., owner of Uppercross estate; and his mother Mrs. Musgrove. He died while abroad. He had three other known siblings, Charles Musgrove, Louisa Musgrove, and Henrietta Musgrove. He died in 1811[1].


"The real circumstances of this pathetic piece of family history were, that the Musgroves had had the ill fortune of a very troublesome, hopeless son; and the good fortune to lose him before he reached his twentieth year; that he had been sent to sea, because he was stupid and unmanageable on shore; that he had been very little cared for at any time by his family, though quite as much as he deserved; seldom heard of and scarcely at all regretted, when the intelligence of his death abroad worked its way to Uppercross, two years before."
—Narration about Dick Musgrove[2]

Having been dubbed hopeless by his family, Dick was sent abroad, where he was a sailor. He was under the captaincy of Frederick Wentworth for a time. The other man wanted to get rid of him because of his character. He died later in Gibraltar[3].

The Musgroves did not mourn him very much, but heard about him later when Captain Wentworth, Dick's old commanding officer, came to stay at Kellynch Hall with his sister and brother-in-law in 1813[3]. Mrs. Musgrove mourned him a little, saying that Dick must be different by now if he had survived. Anne Elliot thought this was wishful thinking, but did not say so, instead choosing to lend Mrs. Musgrove an attentive and supportive ear[3].

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The novel commences in 1813, as it states that 13 years had passed since Lady Elliot's death, which was in 1800
  2. Persuasion, Chapter 6
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Chapter 8
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