Things have been tense in the world of late, so I thought I would have a little fun with this post. The holidays are moving towards us in a quick manner (where has the year gone) and I thought we all need a bit of holiday cheer.
So here is my thought. Sit down in your favorite chair, sofa, curled up in bed, whatever you wish for this. Comfy cozy is what is needed. Have some of your favorite treats and drink on a table nearby. Find a setting that is perfect for you.
Now, imagine it is Christmas morning. There is a light dusting of snow on the ground, and you hear church bells ringing in the distance. There is a gift wrapped and waiting for you to open. Inside the gift is a lamp which will give you one wish to visit with one of the amazing stories from Jane Austen. Which of Jane Austen’s stories would you be visiting? Would you be at Pemberley, Longbourn, London, Bath, or one of the other beautiful locations?
With your destination in mind, imagine one of the characters with which you would like to chat. Would it be someone such as Elizabeth Bennet, Mr Darcy, Anne Elliot, Captain Wentworth. Would it be someone foolish or cruel such as Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Wickham, Willoughby, or another?
What would be the first question you would have for this character? Would you ask why they behaved as they did or didn’t do? Would it be to swap recipes with Mrs Hill or Mrs Reynolds?
There are so many fantastic characters to choose from. And Jane Austen left us plenty of space in between some of her scenes of her stories, almost begging for our imagination to fill in the blanks. Would you ask Darcy what he did after leaving Netherfield and before he journeyed to Rosings? What about where Captain Wentworth was after the accident of Louisa Musgrove? Or why did Miss Crawford try desperately to convince Fanny Price to marry her brother, and blame Fanny for Mr Crawford’s affair with Maria? Perhaps what was going through Mr Crawford’s mind in offering for Fanny, when it was clear that he lusted for her cousin?
So, here is your chance. Tell us who you would visit and what question you would ask. To begin, I will tell you mine.
I would like to visit Pemberley and speak with Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy. My question would be simple…Why did you expect Elizabeth, who was so unlike any other lady of your acquaintance, to know you were attracted to her since you did not speak the words until Hunsford in your proposal?
Oh, and I have my newest book out on Amazon now. YAY!!! It is The Bennet Fury.