By Jane Austen, R. W. Chapman

Beautiful, flirtatious, and lately widowed, woman Susan Vernon seeks an constructive moment marriage for herself, whereas trying to push her daughter right into a dismal fit. A magnificently crafted novel of Regency manners and mores that may satisfaction Austen lovers with its wit and stylish expression.

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I would urge them more myself, but that I am impatient to be rid of him, as Mainwaring comes within half an hour. Adieu ! Mrs. Johnson to Lady Susan Edward Street. S. Vernon My dear Creature,—I am in agonies, and know not what to do. Mr. De Courcy arrived just when he should not. Mrs. Mainwaring had that instant entered the house, and forced herself into her guardian’s presence, though I did not know a syllable of it till afterwards, for I was out when both she and Reginald came, or I should have sent him away at all events; but she was shut up with Mr.

His disposition, you know, is warm, and he came to expostulate with me; his compassion all alive for this ill- was this mistake to which your ladyship so often alludes! from whence arose so astonishing a misconception of your daughter’s feelings! ” “I knew that he was not absolutely the man she would have chosen, but I was persuaded that her objections to him did not arise from any perception of his deficiency. You must not question me, however, my dear sister, too minutely on this point,” continued she, taking me affectionately by the hand; “I honestly own that there is something to conceal.

Johnson, to make opportunities of seeing me. He is absolutely miserable about you, and jealous to such a degree of De Courcy that it would be highly unadvisable for them to meet at present. And yet, if you do not allow him to see you here, I cannot answer for his not committing some great imprudence—such as going to Churchhill, for instance, which would be dreadful! Besides, if you take my advice, and resolve to marry De Courcy, it will be indispensably necessary to you to get Mainwaring out of the way; and you only can have influence enough to send him back to his wife.

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