From Miss Austen Regrets
[reads to Cassandra from first draft of Persuasion
] More than seven years were gone since this little history of sorrowful interest had reached its close;
She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.She had used him ill, deserted and disappointed him; and worse, she had shewn a feebleness of character in doing so, which his own decided, confident temper could not endure. She had given him up to oblige others.
She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! alas! she must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.