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: [regarding 'First Impressions', which will later become 'Pride and Prejudice'
] How does the story begin? Jane Austen
: Badly. Cassandra Austen
: And then? Jane Austen
: It gets worse.
: You'll lose everything. Family, place. For what? A lifetime of drudgery on a pittance? A child every year and no means to lighten the load? How will you write, Jane? Jane Austen
: I do not know, but happiness is within my grasp and I cannot help myself. Cassandra Austen
: There is no sense in this. Jane Austen
: If you could have your Robert back, even like this, would you do it?
: It's something I began in London. It is the tale of a young woman. Two young women. Better than their circumstances. Cassandra Austen
: So many are. Jane Austen
: And two young gentlemen who receive much better than their deserts as so very many do.
: [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; Jane Austen
: 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. Jane Austen
: She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! alas! she must confess to herself that she was not wise yet. Cassandra Austen
: I don't know how you have say it without tears. Jane Austen
: I don't cry at anything that pays me money