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Mystery Jane Austen suitor who sparked rift with sister identified

A new biography of Jane Austen claims a Dr. Samuel Blackall is the mystery suitor who broke the her heart and sparked a rift with her sister.

According to Dr Andrew Norman, Dr Blackall’s letters to friends disclose his wish to pursue a courtship with the young author, but his uncertainty was treated as a snub by Austen.

“There seems no likelihood of his coming into Hampshire this Christmas, and it is therefore most probably that our indifference will soon be mutual, unless his regard, which appeared to spring from knowing nothing of me at first, is best supported by never seeing me,” she wrote to her sister Cassandra.

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