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*And yes, we know. They're all perf as is. But it sure is fun to fantasize about new permutations, now isn't it? And if you agree, you'll definitely want to make sure to pop in for the next Janeite Conversation post... ;)
Most of the time, Austen gets her couples pretty much perfect for each other. But sometimes it's fun to think about what would happen if certain characters from one book met up with others from another Austen novel. I've seen posts like this in the past, and thought I'd try my hand at it.
Here are some couples who just might, in some respects, be better suited to each other than Austen's originals...
1.) Elizabeth Bennet from P&P and Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey
I know, I know, blasphemy! Lizzie doesn't belong with anyone but Darcy, right? Well, maybe so, but just imagine if Lizzie had run into Henry Tilney at the Netherfield Ball. He's witty, clever, and loves to make fun of society's rules. So does she. They would have a ball (haha) standing around pointing out all the ridiculous things everyone else was doing. I'm sure he'd be thrilled to dance with her, unlike a certain other standoffish gentleman.
Not to mention, I've always wondered if Catherine Morland (sweet as she is) is really up to Mr. Tilney's speed mentally. He's just so sharp, and I think some of his jokes probably go straight over her head. Lizzie would get them, no problem.
2.) Charlotte Lucas from P&P and Edward Ferrars from S&S
Because let's face facts: Charlotte Lucas deserves way better than Mr. Collins. Edward Ferrars is the kind of honourable, principled guy who, if he fell in love with Charlotte, would not bow to his family's pressures to marry someone higher in station. And hey, she's as practical as Elinor is, so she'd be perfect as a parson's wife. (I do like Elinor and Edward together, but Charlotte should not be saddled with Mr. Collins.)
Just to seal the deal, Edward has a tendency to get engaged in haste, and seeing as Charlotte is the ripe old age of 27, I'm sure she'd jump at the chance immediately.
3.) Elinor Dashwood from S&S and George Knightley from Emma
Well, I had to find someone else for Elinor, right?! Maybe this pairing doesn't make sense at first glance, but I think they'd actually have a fair bit in common. They both have outwardly polite manners that cloak a very subtle sense of humour. Neither of them delights in crowded places, so they'd probably prefer to steer clear of balls and hole up at Mr. Knightley's estate instead. They're intelligent, rational individuals, and for once poor Elinor wouldn't have to worry about making ends meet, because Mr. Knightley is loaded. It's true that Elinor doesn't really have the "open temper" Mr. Knightley has in mind for his wife, but hey, we can't have everything.
4.) Anne Eliot from Persuasion and Colonel Fitzwilliam from P&P
Colonel Fitzwilliam is the second son of an earl, so he needs to marry well. Anne comes from a distinguished family, so she fits the bill (so long as she can keep the news of their diminishing finances from leaking out). He likes to talk of books and music; she plays piano and enjoys discussing both poetry and prose. Chances are this could be the sort of slow-burn romance that sneaks up on you as friendship turns into something more.
Not to mention, I'm not the biggest fan of Captain Wentworth. Sure, he wrote an über-romantic letter, but apart from that he treated Anne pretty badly. I think she could do better.
5.) Louisa Musgrove from Persuasion and Colonel Brandon from S&S
This pairing is more to ensure Louisa Musgrove's continued survival than anything else. I mean, can you imagine what would have happened if she'd jumped off the seawall and cracked her head open when only Benwick was around? He'd have no clue what to do! The end result would be Louisa Musgrove's funeral, complete with an angst-ridden poem written and recited by Benwick. She needs someone pragmatic to steady her, and Colonel Brandon is very reliable.
Plus, Louisa has that same sort of lively spirit that Colonel Brandon admires in Marianne, and she's musical (she plays the harp) so there might very well be some sparks of attraction.
6.) Augusta Elton from Emma and William Collins from P&P
For the sheer perverse pleasure of seeing them grate on each other's nerves constantly. Mrs. Elton would be all, "My friends say I have quite the eye for interior design, and I have no use for shelves in a closet" and Mr. Collins would be all, "But my most esteemed patroness Lady Catherine de Bourgh told me quite definitely..." and they would just rile each other up non-stop.
(Of course, the likelihood of them getting married is pretty much nil, but it's fun to imagine!)
So, what do you think — agree/disagree with my matches? What sorts of matches would you make if you were to pair up Austen characters?
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