letters from wentworth place

[Captain Wentworth] drew out a letter from under the scattered paper, placed it before Anne with eyes of glowing entreaty fixed on her for a time… to ‘Miss A. E.—’ On the contents of that letter depended all which this world could do for her…

‘You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…’

—  Jane Austen, Persuasion.