After debating it for a while, I finally decided to just go for it and share a few short excerpts with you all. And you may criticize if you wish. I am always open to feedback, as you know. I'm a bit apprehensive about it, but I feel like I had better just get on with it before I get too nervous and decide against it. You know what... No. Okay. Here goes.
"I anticipate meeting him, after all his good attributes have been pointed out to me so carefully by you," replied Emma warmly.
"Yes, indeed. You will find him most agreeable."
"I only wish we could help him a bit," Emma sighed.
"With what, dear?"
"With respect to my friend Miss Edwards. Mary seems so taken with Captain Hunter that I fear Sam has little chance of winning her."
"Yes, that is too bad. I think that if he cannot have her, then there is someone better suited to him, perhaps somewhere outside of Surrey."
Emma did not know what to say. She needed a moment to think about all that which Penelope had just related. Yes, Elizabeth had indeed been evasive. But she had still been so kind and caring. "I am very sorry about it all," was the most she could muster in reply.
"Did I say too much?" Penelope asked uncertainly. “Was I wrong to tell you? I assure you it is all true.”