Who would win in a catfight - Caroline Bingley, Lucy Steele, Augusta Elton, the Bertram sisters, or any other female Austen character?Answers from:
Juliet Archer in red
Alyssa Goodnight in orange
Jenni James in green
Susan Kaye in light blue
Laurie Viera Rigler in dark blue
Talia Vance in purple
and ME in pink
Prepare yourselves for a another very...colorful conversation. ;P
*Please note, I've taken some minor liberties for the sake of flow...
Me: Alright, ladies, today we're talking about the ladies...Well, ladies may be too kind a term for some of them, no matter what they claim. Austen characters are no strangers to manipulations and machinations, and there are a number of Austen ladies who could hold their own in a good back-and-forth. So, who's your money on? Who's coming out on top with her claws intact? I think the first one to pop into anyone's mind is Caroline Bingley - the woman is nothing but cattiness.
Susan: Caroline Bingley would tear you apart in a whispering campaign, but never deign to touch you.
Jenni: Caroline is extremely cunning and sharp, even going out of her way to befriend Elizabeth at Netherfield so Darcy would notice her more...
Me: And she has the weight of society at her back. She's got money and influence to help make sure that no one will take her on, but that those who do will really be up against it...
Alyssa: Augusta Elton is the odds-on favorite, in my opinion. While the others are certainly catty and would likely accomplish a great deal in an underhanded grudge match, I get the feeling that Mrs. Elton would be willing to dig in her heels, get her hands dirty, and fight to the bitter end at the slightest provocation. I could see her willingly engaging in a spot of face-scratching at a dinner party or ball.
Me: Ha! I can kind of see that too, actually...
Susan Augusta Elton would bore you to death with her incessant prattle about Oak Grove and the Sucklings.
Me: True. But whatever gets the job done... You're right, I don't think she'd win the catfight. But I do think she'd do her best to lead everyone to believe she did...
Jenni: Augusta was just insanely over the top. I would LOVE to see Augusta Elton and Caroline Bingley go head to head. *grins evilly* That would be tons of fun!
Me: How about the Bertram's? I feel like people always forget about them and how viperous they could be...
Susan: The Bertram sisters are lightweights and can’t go the distance.
Jenni: I['m not] too fond of the Bertram’s -- weak, prideful and vain.
Me: I dunno...as a duo, I think they could do some damage. Tag-team style, you know? But setting them aside, what about Lucy? I think when push comes to shove, I think she's got it in her to play dirty and do whatever it takes... And don't forget, she has a sister too.
Jenni: Lucy Steele I found to be a very weak character and so I do not give her credence here...
Susan: Lucy Steele is a scrapper who grew up in Plymouth around sailors, my money’s on her in hand-to-hand confrontations.
Talia: Lucy Steele. She has that passive-aggressive personality that you know is deadly when actually unleashed.
Juliet: Fanny Dashwood and Lucy Steele come pretty close to a real catfight in Sense & Sensibility. Hardly surprising, as they’re equally matched in terms of ruthless ambition and obsession with money. It’s Round 1 to Fanny, however, when she learns that penniless Lucy’s secret fiancé is none other than her brother Edward; a terrible scene takes place, and she turns Lucy out of the house.
But Lucy has the last laugh. She promptly switches her affections to Fanny’s other brother Robert, once he’s become heir to the Ferrars fortune. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy persuades Robert to marry her and there’s every reason to believe that, in the years to come, she’ll win many a battle with Fanny.
So I’d back Lucy Steele in a catfight, every time.
Laurie: Lucy Steele, without a doubt. Don't be fooled by her lack of intellect; she's the shrewdest and most devious of all the female antagonists in the Austen canon. She'd scratch your eyes out and then offer you a hand-embroidered handkerchief to mop up the blood, all the while swearing undying friendship.
However, I’m pretty positive none of these girls would stand a chance against Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Could you imagine them all shriveling and sniveling under her glare alone? Haha! So personally, she is my top choice for a villianista showdown. :)
Me: Ahh, yes... She could be a true proficient... ;)
Many thanks to Juliet Archer Alyssa Goodnight Jenni James Susan Kaye Laurie Viera Rigler and Talia Vance!!
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