Alexander Welsh in The Hero of the Waverley Novels, Princeton: Princeton University Press
1962, 1992, explains that Scott's highly moral tone is very much in line with his canonical
contemporary Jane Austen (Welsh, 17). Welsh concludes (215) that in his first novel Scott
invented an action in which the hero ambiguously invites and resists his own arrest.This hero is
identified by his passivity.
“The hero is obviously much more at home as a peacemaker than as a warrior, and it is amusing
to watch Waverley racing ahead over the battlefield in order to rescue Hanoverian officers, and
then being commended for his distinguished service by the chevalier.”
Think of the different male characters of the novel, Waverley, Fergus, Talbot... Do you agree with
Welsh that Scott seems to condemn Fergus excessive heroicism and that masculinity seems to
mean self-control under the most trying circumstances (Welsh 17)?