Elegant Lady with a Bouquet of Roses (detail) - Emile Vernon
Oil on canvas
The Letter. Illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso. From Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen. Folio Society, 2013.
"Be not alarmed, madam, on receiving this letter, by the apprehension of its containing any repetition of those sentiments or renewal of those offers which were last night so disgusting to you. I write without any intention of paining you, or humbling myself, by dwelling on wishes which, for the happiness of both, cannot be too soon forgotten…"