The Unlikely Heiress: Regency Romance

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The Unlikely Heiress is a regency romance short story by Amelia Fernside.
Ellen was stunned.
Her mother’s cousin had just died. Ellen described the woman as “a spinster with whom I had an epistolary association.” They had exchanged letters for years. The topics most of the time were politics and social reform.
“I very much liked her opinions, even if she could be a bit brutish from time to time,” Ellen said. “I never dreamt she would leave her fortune to me.”
Suddenly, Ellen was very rich.
That’s when the trouble started, brought on by family members who were determined Ellen should marry a tall, handsome Army colonel who had a reputation as a hail fellow, well met.
Yes, the colonel was a hearty, friendly and congenial bloke, but Ellen was in love with a young man who had been a childhood playmate and who was now in London studying to be a barrister.
A barrister? God forbid!
A barrister would be far below Ellen’s newfound social rank, her sisters argued. He would not be a suitable choice for a husband. The family’s reputation would be ruined.
So when the barrister-to-be paid the family a visit, Ellen’s sisters were less than kind.
“It’s a shame barristers study so much and make such little income!” said one sister.
“Will you stay in London? Or practice law in the country? There always seems to be some pig farmer in dispute with a landowner. I find it all horribly vulgar,” said another.
So when Ellen’s true love went back to London, her sisters, an aunt and the colonel himself put enormous pressure on her to marry the colonel.
Meanwhile, the student in London seemed cool, remote and strangely silent (read jealous).
So Ellen finally relented, and she agreed to marry a man she didn’t love just to appease her snooty family.
There was one thing, however, that could save her from a loveless marriage.
But what were the odds that would happen?
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