The story is inspired by Jane Austen’s early life and her posited relationship with Thomas Lefroy, the inspiration for Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy, one of the books that the author is known for. She is portrayed by Anne Hathaway while Lefroy was played by James McAvoy. The story was set at the time when Jane was discovering her writing and later on would start to write Pride and Prejudice, it was also when marriage was being considered by her family for her.
Very much like Mr.Darcy, Tom was arrogant and mischievous but was enamored by Jane, they fell in love but poverty and talks of being the breadwinner would keep them apart.
In a scene, Tom asks Jane if she loves him, and she replies, “Yes, but if our love destroys your family, then it will destroy itself in a long, slow degradation of guilt and regret and blame.”
Watching the movie, one would think how ironic that Jane wrote her books with such endings when hers was not as good as her heroines’. Perhaps these stories where how she wanted hers to be…a sort of dreams and hopes in the relationship department.