"He was then the inferior in circumstances, he was then the poor one; he had chambers in the Temple, and it was as much as he could do to support the appearance of a gentleman."

The Middle Temple and the Inner Temple, part of the Inns of Court in London, contain offices and associations of legal professionals, a profession for which Mr. Elliot has been trained. 


Middle Temple
Creative Commons AttributionMiddle Temple - Credit: Sberla_

Having chambers, or offices, in the Temple meant that at that time Mr. Elliot was making at least a pretence of practising law. The two other Inns of Court are Lincoln's Inn and Gray's Inn.