The Adventures of Mr Harley

A short but interesting flash fiction story dedicated to a Midshipman on board the Perseverance.

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Mr Harley was one of many children. Destined by his father for the church and by his mother for the sea, desirous of pleasing both, he prevailed on Sir John to obtain for him a Chaplaincy on board a Man of War. He accordingly cut his hair and sailed.

In half a year he returned and set off in the Stage Coach for Hogsworth Green, the seat of Emma. His fellow travellers were: a man without a hat, another with two, an old maid, and a young wife.

This last appeared about seventeen, with fine dark eyes and an elegant shape; in short, Mr Harley soon found out that she was his Emma and recollected he had married her a few weeks before he left England.

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Jane Austen (1775-1817) was a writer. She was best known for her novels including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma.

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