His manly graces were indeed bewitching and overpowering, and to behold him was to look as an eagle would into the sun. The united attractions of his height and figure, his fair hair and keen blue eyes, set into a warm complexion, produced the best part of beauty that any one man can possess. There was also a spirited archness of air in his manner, which suggested a quickness of mind and a set of senses that would not easily find their equal.
She stood at a pretty height, just tall and slender enough to lend the proportions of her figure to a comeliness that was all health and animation. Her lively intelligent, hazel eyes shone through a complexion that was as fine as it was pure, and her well-formed narrow nose was set in symmetry against a high, full and blooming cheek. Her hair was of a rich brown hue that naturally curled about her face and her delicate mouth bore a saucy smile that she was yet unconscious of revealing. Her entire expression seemed heightened by emotion, in color and aspect, and gave her a mesmerizing air of sentience that disclosed something of her remarkable perspicacity.
Terry Alveston was Anne’s cousin, and he had long been affiliated with the Ashton-Dennis family ... full of fun and wit.... His inviting nature meant he was always wanted.... It was his fondness for Eliza that gradually became apparent and, over the years, this affection grew steadily into love.
Eliza was older than Cassandra by one year, and she was as much a companion to her sister as the moon was to the sun. As one had a passion for writing, the other had a penchant for drawing; as one was animated, the other was composed; while Cassandra’s features were separately good, she was not thought so regularly handsome as her undeniably striking sister.
Universally charming, handsome and talented, he was a brilliant conversationalist of a sanguine turn, who could createperpetual sunshine out of shadow.... These qualities made him a darling and a favorite with his father and younger sister alike because they, above anyone, could appreciate the true merits of his very genial disposition.
Charlotte de Lafayette
Charlotte de Lafayette was a creature ofdelight. Once a wistful, young, dark and delicately beautiful, well-settled feme covert, she had rapidly transcended to the role of grass widow due to the political nature of her marriage. When politics cost her husband his life, it was not unexpected that she should embrace her next title as feme sole with a degree of aplomb....
Fulwar ... a sailor first, and a son and a brother second; remaining, above all, a gentleman possessing great firmness of character. And for those that loved him, it was this quality they respected most and which made him universally esteemed....
MissPurcell, being the oldest young lady at Gouldham Cottage at seven-and-twenty.... Having come to live with the Ashton-Dennis ladies in Southhampton after the death of her mother, she had been a sister and a friend under every circumstance.
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