The love and romance of Jane Austen’s courtship continues to pull me through time as I ride the energy held in Jane Austen’s 200 year old ring. With seamless transition I land in her young life and find myself strolling arm and arm through the cool, damp evening with her dance partner. The scent of roses and pine wraps around us on the gentle summer breeze, seducing and guiding us further into the isolated courtyard.
His elegant demeanor has charmed her and now and then I can hear his Irish brogue as he and Jane secretly confide their deeper thoughts to one another. To Jane it was nothing less than a stroll through heaven. To spend any amount of time with a caring man who is not intimidated by her intelligence, but rather impressed by a creative woman whose thoughts and ideas are well beyond her time. It was her dream come true.
Looking away from his face I turn and realize he’s led me along the garden path and into the near dark shadows of the rich evergreens that line the garden paths. I look back to his face and find his ready gaze rooted in endless time, a trance that only lovers share. The delicate touch of his fingers against Jane’s face is enough to close my eyes on contact. And the feel of his soft lips against my own makes Jane forget the world around her as well as her past, and send her dreaming about a future she only now feels brave enough dream.
It is the kind of kiss that awakens something within you, breathing life into a part of you that had previously lay dormant, existing only in quiet, isolated moments. It was a kiss that reached inside, touching this place in your soul, birthing with it this part of yourself that could never be ignored again.
As I wandered through the depths of his eyes as warm as cinnamon spice, I realized that this was the man that had changed Jane from girl to woman, had helped establish the seeds of love and romance in the writer to come. And given the depths of their connection, changed her perhaps in a way no one else could.
I felt the bonds of their love, the way they connected so uniquely, so powerfully as to embolden Jane. He understood her, bolstered her confidence and helped birth the strength of an identity that had previously been quiet and unwelcome in other circles.
With one look into his eyes she recognized his soul. Knew the purpose of their meeting, and leapt into his arms with the trust and confidence of new love meant to be.
tune in tomorrow for the next scene…