Listening to this, it caught my imagination that so many of the words could (perhaps?) describe the feelings that might have run through Mary Gosling’s mind when it was announced that Charles Smith was to marry Belinda Colebrooke.
Charles proposed, witnessed by Caroline Wiggett, in Paris, near the end of the family’s year abroad (1822-1823). Charles and Belinda married in October, 1823.
I heard … that you found a girl and you’re married now… Old friend, why are you so shy?
For me, it isn’t over.
Who would have known, how bittersweet…?
Mary’s “someone like you” turned out to be Charles himself…
They married in July, 1826.