Regarding class and social status, which of the characters from Persuasion (Admiral Croft, Anne Elliot, Mrs. Smith, or Sir Walter) fares better?  

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If by "fares well" you mean is judged most kindly by the narrative voice, I'd say that Mrs. Smith fares the best. She is approved of for her manners even in difficult circumstances.

By contrast, characters such as Sir Walter are openly mocked; he is shown to be foolish, and his concern with social status is the source of much of his foolishness.

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