Ms. Austen (Chapter 8, page 1 of 4)


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Chapter 8

London

Tom had just finished his breakfast and was settling down to his desk to begin some of the work that had managed to stack up in his absence. Whistling away, he had no sooner picked up his pen when his daughter burst into the room. Completely out of breath, she exclaimed, "Father! This has come from the messenger. Oh I hope it's something exciting!" She stuck the message in his face. "Come now, relax my dear. There isn't much in this world worth getting that winded over." He smiled, teasingly. Tom looked it over. It was addressed to him from his aunt and cousin Alice from Hampshire. His eyes widened a bit as he read: My dearest Thomas, I have just come upon the most marvelous of ideas! After your departure from Hampshire, we received a visit from Ms. Jane Austen. It appeared as though she were looking to find you, and with your departure, we unfortunately had to turn her away. But not without a brief conversation first, of course. After speaking with Ms. Austen, I must say that I have come to believe the woman may still hold some sort of affection toward you.

Now getting to my idea. I am proposing that you might perhaps hold a ball at your home in London. Alice and I think it would be the most wonderful fun! And of course, you could invite Ms. Austen, if you so wish.

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