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Aristocratic Vere Hobart represents everything Anne Lister has been searching for in a companion. She is sophisticated, educated and elegant, with enviable connections to the high society circles in which Anne aspires to move.
Settling in genteel Hastings for a winter together, Anne had high hopes for a relationship with Vere. But they were dashed when Vere accepted the marriage proposal of Captain Donald Cameron, a Highlander with whom Anne, as a woman, found she could not compete.