Part 2, May 24-27 Summary
Ashton writes Sophie that she resisted Reynolds’ persistent efforts to get her to marry him. Only as she saw him standing on the pier when the mail boat pulled away did she wonder if she was a “complete idiot,” as he told her. Many women are eager to get him, and perhaps she will spend the rest of her life in a steady decline, wandering the streets like a vagabond and bragging to strangers that she had once been nearly engaged to Markham Reynolds, the publishing tycoon. They will shake their heads and think she is crazy but harmless.
Guernsey is beautiful, and her new friends have welcomed her warmly. Until this moment, Ashton has not regretted her decision. Now she will run through the field of wildflowers right...
(The entire section is 787 words.)