By Marilyn Brant
It starts off someday in sophomore English classification, simply as Ellie Barnett's instructor is assigning Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". From nowhere comes a quiet 'tsk' of displeasure. the objective: Sam Blaine, the lovable undesirable boy who is teasing Ellie mercilessly, simply as he has due to the fact that kindergarten. solely unbidden, as Jane may say, the author's ghost has taken up place of dwelling in Ellie's brain, and turns out decided to stick there. Jane's clever and witty recommendation publications Ellie throughout the hell of formative years and past, serving because the voice she trusts, frequently excess of her personal. Years and boyfriends come and move - occasionally a bit too fast, occasionally now not approximately speedy sufficient. yet Jane's counsel is continuing, and as regards to Sam, particularly insistent. remain away, Jane calls for. he's your Mr. Wickham. nonetheless, all people has anything to profit approximately love - even perhaps Jane herself. And in recent times, the voice in Ellie's head is being drowned out via one other, urging her to appear past every little thing she suggestion she knew and hunt down her own, very unforeseen, satisfied finishing.
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And that was saying something. Clearly, these thoughts didn’t reflect well upon my maturity level. I knew I should’ve grown up, walked away, traveled on, let it all go—or, at least, chosen to go into denial or therapy. But, see, a Zen-like acceptance of my fate just wasn’t my reality. As I watched Sam steal glances at me while lounging at the bar with Camryn, I had only one prevailing thought—I wanted to get bloody even with him. A few related thoughts followed: I wanted to extract some serious revenge in return for the emotional damages I’d suffered that last week of senior year in high school.
I don’t have to answer that,” she shot back. “Fine, don’t answer. Just think. Has he made you any promises? ” I stopped for a long swallow of margarita. Camryn remained silent, a cloud of uncertainty darkening her eyes. I pressed on. “How about this—does he hide his feelings behind a façade of arrogance and cleverness, so you never really know what he’s thinking? Does he enjoy the sex, but always keep a barrier between you? I’m talking emotional, not prophylactic,” I clarified, although Camryn was, I gathered, a smart enough cookie to figure it out.
Your life is just beginning. Yes, it was. Finally. I blinked back a tear, hummed a few bars of Boston’s “Don’t Look Back” and hit the gas pedal. 2 There is nothing like dancing after all…one of the first refinements of polished societies. —Pride and Prejudice To know what, exactly, I wasn’t looking back on and to understand the intricacies of my relationships with my sister Diana, my brother Gregory and my cousin Angelique, you’d need a detailed chronicle of our family dynamics. I don’t have the patience (or the lifespan) to be that comprehensive.
According To Jane by Marilyn Brant