There is a scene from Jane Austen’s Persuasion where a group of acquaintances has gone out for a stroll on this breakwater at the harbor of Lyme Regis. If you’ve read the book or seen one of the movie adaptations, you know that this is the part where, Louisa, in stupid teenage thoughtlessness, jumps off a ledge to be caught by Captain Wentworth… but she misses and hits her head. I suspect our heroine Anne doesn’t mind, though, because she secretly wants Wentworth for herself–despite having jilted him eight years ago when they were engaged.
Well, my wife likes the book all the same, so we found ourselves at that very breakwater—the Cobb. It turned out to be rather pretty.