Ms. Austen (Chapter 9, page 1 of 5)


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Chapter 9

Hampshire, July

Jane had given a great deal of thought regarding what her brother Henry had said that day on the path. Perhaps she could still find happiness with Mr. Lefroy. Hard as she tried, she still could not completely convince herself of it though. Things weren't the way they once were at all. They had been very young, and very foolish to think that they could have had anything, even back then. She thought of poor Tom as a young man, always being pushed by his callous overbearing uncle. It was he who ultimately decided that Tom not waste his time on an idea so foolish as to marry her. For he thought nothing good of Jane from their first meeting. She remembered overhearing the conversation between he and Tom in which he stated rather bluntly that she was nothing more than a husband seeking waste of his time. Tom, vehemently denied such claims, only to be laughed at by the man. Afterward, she remembered standing alone with Tom while he told her with his head to the floor that they could not marry, ever.

Jane's heart had broken into a million pieces with those words. After that, she had returned to Hampshire with no desire to ever have such affections for a man again. But of course, Tom would come to visit once more, only to make her fall under his spell yet again. That would be when they had planned their untimely elopement. For they could not stand any longer to be apart, and became desperate. And that would be the day that Jane had said goodbye to Mr. Lefroy for what she thought would be forever.

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