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- Lovers Mariana Belcombe and Anne Lister have a quiet moment together
The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister originally aired in May 2010 on the BBC. This beautiful story of a strong-willed, independent lesbian of 19th-century England who is unafraid to follow her heart is even more powerful because it is a true story. Anne Lister refuses to comply with expected proprieties. She loves the fairer sex, and only the fairer sex. and refuses to bow to social pressure. And her heart is broken by the love of her life, Mariana Belcombe, who marries a rich old man, despite promising Anne she still loves her.
Anne mourns bitterly at first, but then decides that she is a strong woman and must make something of herself. She devotes herself to education and, with the encouragement of her friend and former lover, Tib, tries to pursue an innocent young woman whom she met at church.