This time, I asked:
If you could introduce two characters from two different Austen novels, who would you introduce and how would their meeting go?Answers from:
Juliet Archer in red
Alyssa Goodnight in orange
Jenni James in green
Susan Kaye in light blue
Talia Vance in purple
and ME in pink
Prepare yourselves for a another very...colorful conversation. ;P
*Please note, I have taken some liberties for the sake of flow.
JENNI: Ooh! Ooh! I just answered this [in the Austen's Bad Girls discussion]! Definitely Caroline Bingley and Augusta Elton. My goodness how those girls would “out-class” the other. Or try to! Caroline would be refined elegance and witty backbiting snobbery, of course. While Augusta would prove outloud, to any that would listen, how much of a better person she was than any other present. It would be a great show of one upmanship which I believe Caroline would win, but Augusta would never see it and always fully believe she was the best. Hehe! It would be great!
TALIA: Who doesn’t want to see a Caroline Bingley/Lucy Steele cage match?
ME: Hmm, everyone wants to get their hands on Caroline...Or at least watch the sparks fly when other people get their hands on her. Personally, I think I'd like to see her in a room with Mary Crawford... Who else?
JULIET: Forget When Harry Met Sally – what about When Mary Met Freddie?
Don’t worry, dear readers. I’m not suggesting anyone other than Anne Elliot for Captain Frederick Wentworth. Here, ‘Freddie’ refers to Captain Frederick Tilney – and oh, how I’d love to throw Mary Crawford in his path. Glamorous, self-absorbed and completely mercenary – don’t they just deserve each other?
ME: Ohh, another interesting pair-up for Mary...
JULIET: I’d expect Mary to get exactly what she wants out of the relationship. Although she has twenty thousand pounds of her own, she intends to marry serious money: as she says, ‘A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.’ She’s clever enough to wind bullying General Tilney round her little finger, while luring lusty Frederick and his inheritance into marriage. On her terms.
SUSAN: I would introduce Frederick Wentworth from Persuasion [to someone]...
ME: Oh? Do tell. ;)
SUSAN: Emma Woodhouse of Emma. I’d introduce them because he’s been to many parts of the world and she’s never left Highbury. I don’t know if he could persuade her to get out more, but I am certain she’d never convince him that staying home with an aged parent would be the ideal life.
ME: I could see them keeping each other on their toes... Alyssa, how about you? Who are your picks?
ALYSSA: How wonderful would it be to have Mrs. Elton come across Mr. Collins?! The overbearing obsequiousness of the one, played off of the self-righteous ostentation of the other. Perfection! Their conversation would amuse and delight us all!
ME: Oh, my...That would certainly be a scene to witness - but I don't think anyone would be able to stay in one room with both of them long enough to witness it! As for me, I think I'd like to get all of the stubborn, under-handed, over-bearing characters in one room - Mrs Norris, Lady Catherine, Sir Elliot, Fanny Dashwood, Augusta Elton, etc... Lock 'em all in a room with one of those 2-way mirrors so you can observe them without getting caught in the fray... Can you imagine all of them on a trip to Box Hill? *shudder*
Many thanks to Juliet Archer Alyssa Goodnight Jenni James Susan Kaye Laurie Viera Rigler and Talia Vance!!
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