It's about Jane Austen.
He is by all accounts the model for Mr Darcy.
(Huguenots are French Protestants, who were driven out of France en masse after several massacres and then when Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes that ensured religious freedom)
She died unmarried at 40 (due to Addison's disease, it is assumed, which JFK had too) and other men offered her marriage but she refused them bc she could not feel for them what she felt for Tom Lefroy.
She absolutely wrote her novels -- which did become acclaimed in her lifetime - for money.
But he is a tragic sort of footnote as well. Tom Lefroy courted Jane for one Christmas season in 1796 - they danced and talked and their obvious bright chemistry was the talk of the town.
(No google back then, remember.)
(remember, she had become famous for writing about him and their tendre for each other was an open secret in middle-class circles)
Lefroy, under patronage of a rich uncle, went on to practice law and become Lord Chief Justice of Ireland. He outlived Jane by 52 years.
It has to be understood as a tragedy, right? It is seen that way.
The central tragedy in her life was actually a blessing.
1) he wasn't just worried about being roasted; it was in fact inappropriate at the time for a man to show such attention to a woman he didn't plan to marry
2) His absence, while distressing to both of them, was not evidence of coldness. He left Ireland to pay his respects at her funeral, and he bought one of her rejection letters at auction.