Part 2, July 24 Summary
Ashton asks her friend Sophie to burn this letter after reading, along with her last one. She has finally and conclusively refused Reynolds’ marriage proposal, and her “elation is indecent.” If Ashton were a properly trained lady, she would sit in the dark and brood—but she could not. Today she is free, and today she got out of bed with great energy. She spent the morning running races in the pasture with Kit. Kit won, but that is because she cheats. Today has been a good day, but yesterday was “a horror.”
Her initial feelings about Reynolds’ arrival were bad, but the next morning they were even worse. Radiating confidence, he appeared at her house at seven o’clock, certain they would be planning their...
(The entire section is 638 words.)