The story tells us how Jane Austen came to understand about love and longing through her own impossible love for Tom Lefroy. Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) is an aspiring writer, much to the dismay of her mother, as she thinks it's more important to find a suitable husband. Thomas Lefroy (James McAvoy) is a talented lawyer with a bad rep: he fights and chases women. Tom makes an unfavorable first impression on Jane. Overhearing his criticism - he finds her writing childish - Jane can't stand him. Meanwhile, other suitors get turned down by her, because there is no affection. When Tom runs into Jane again, they argue, but gradually become closer and fall in love. Moreover, Tom takes Jane seriously in her writing aspirations.
Tom and Jane try to get Tom's uncle, the High Court Judge Langlois, who is also his benefactor, blessing for their marriage. However, Langlois hears of Jane's family's lack of means, and he denies Tom his blessing. Tom tells Jane that they can't marry. She is devastated, not knowing Tom's urgent reason: he has to support his family financially. Jane returns home and soon hears of Tom's family arranged engagement to someone else. However, Tom realizes he can't live without Jane. He asks Jane to elope with him and she agrees.
Making their way, Jane happens upon a note from Tom's mother, and understands his situation. He sends his uncle's money to his family, and his family depends on it. She tells Tom they can't run away. Tom insists they should marry and tells her as a lawyer he will earn good money. Jane rebukes that it will never be enough to support everybody depending on him, with his uncle as an enemy and a wife without means.
Then, some twenty years later, a respected author and still, by choice, unmarried, Jane sees Tom at a gathering. When they meet, Tom introduces his daughter to her and she finds out he named her after her. The film ends with Jane reading out loud from Pride and Prejudice, Tom watching her affectionately.
Best part of story, including ending:
It's a romantic story about an impossible love.
Best scene in story:
Where she finds out he named his daughter after her.
Opinion about the main character:
She follows her own path and becomes a successful writer.