I have been thinking about high school and graduation quite a bit lately. Naturally this is the time of the year when one can hardly avoid the reality of graduation but for me it was heavy on my mind for two reasons. First off, my son Kyle, my baby, graduated high school. Wow! How did that happen? It seems like just yesterday I was standing by the fence surrounding the kindergarten playground watching him cry his eyes out and plead with me to not leave! Oh, yes, it was sooo dramatic! Now he is a man of 6’3” with ripped abs and hairy legs. Bizarro and a little sad, but I am very proud.
Secondly, this coming Saturday I am meeting a group of classmates from my high school, all of whom I have not seen outside of Facebook in 25 years! I am beyond excited. But that is a long stretch of time and it was necessary for me to dig out the yearbooks to place current faces with past names and memories. Along the way as I looked at our smiling, hopeful faces my mind drifted to Austen characters and how they might have fit into the modern high school classifications. So here are a few of my thoughts, with embellishments and broad definitions, and I am curious to hear what additions you all may have—
Best Dressed: Frank Churchill and Caroline Bingley
Most Studious: Captain Benwick and Jane Fairfax
Class Clown: William Collins and Miss Bates
Most Likely to Succeed: Fitzwilliam Darcy and Emma Woodhouse
Class Sweeties: Edward Ferrars and Jane Bennet
Most Athletic: Captain Frederick Wentworth and Elizabeth Bennet
Class Cuties: Charles Bingley and Louisa & Henrietta Musgrove
Most Spirited: Henry Tilney and Marianne Dashwood
Class Flirts: Henry Crawford and Lydia Bennet
Most Charming: George Wickham and Mary Crawford
Class Innocent: Edward Bertram and Catherine Morland
Most Serious: George Knightley and Elinor Dashwood
Most Vain: Sir Walter Elliot and Lady Catherine de Bourgh
What else can you come up with? Class Idiot? Most Annoying? Least Likely to Succeed? Have fun with it! And don’t forget that “Jane in June” is continuing over at The Book Rat. Today is our first Austen Authors post where a bunch of us answered the question: Which two characters from different Austen novels would you pair up and why? The answers were pretty fun, let me tell you! Be sure to check out everything that has been posted so far, including my “Dear Jane” letter, or rather, Mr. Darcy’s “Dear Jane” letter.