Saturday, December 31, 2011

Literary tag

I saw this tag on Miss Dashwood's blog (who first got it from Charity) and as they both tagged anyone who wanted to do this, I thought I would.  The rules are very simple: you have to choose twelve characters and then answer the questions about them.

Characters:
1: Sir Percy Blakeney (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
2: Mrs. Jellyby (Bleak House)
3: Captain Frederick Wentworth (Persuasion)
4: Emma Woodhouse (Emma)
5: Herbert Pocket (Great Expectations)
6: Davy Keith (Anne of Avonlea)
7: Eleanor Tilney (Northanger Abbey)
8: Marguerite Blakeney (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
9: Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities)
10: Marilla Cuthbert (Anne of Green Gables)
11: Mr. William Collins (Pride and Prejudice)
12: Esther Summerson (Bleak House)

And the first question is:
1: Who would make a better college professor: 6 (Davy Keith) or 11 (Mr. Collins)?
Certainly not Mr. Collins!  A grown up Davy might do a pretty good job; he'd make his students laugh, although I'm not sure if he'd teach them anything.
2: 12 (Esther Summerson) sends 8 (Marguerite Blakeney) out on a mission.  What is it?  Does it succeed?
Esther sends Marguerite to help the Jellyby children and of course she manages, with the help of a great deal of candy and sending Mrs. Jellyby off to Africa on a charitable mission.

3: What is, or would be 9 (Sydney Carton)'s favorite book?
I  have no clue, perhaps something with very heroic heroes that make him feel even more useless, although he doesn't strike me as the reading type.
4: Would it make more sense for 2 (Mrs. Jellyby) to swear fealty to 6 (Davy Keith) or the other way around?
Mrs. Jellyby and Davy Keith!  Mrs. Jellyby would evade any fealty-swearing by talking about all the letters she had to write, but I can hardly think that Davy would swear fealty to her.  If he was somehow tricked into it, he would make up for it by giving her many unpleasant - and original - names behind her back.
5: 5 (Herbert Pocket) is looking for a roommate.  Should he board with 9 (Sydney Carton) or 10 (Marilla Cuthbert)?
Sydney Carton, most certainly.  The two would get on quite well.
6: 2 (Mrs. Jellyby), 7 (Eleanor Tilney) and 12  (Esther Summerson) are going out to dinner.  Where are they going and what do they discuss?
Hopefully Mrs. Jellyby has to stay home because of all her letters to write, otherwise the dinner would be horrible.  Whatever Eleanor and Esther talked about, it would be very sensible and sweet.
7: 3  (Captain Wentworth) challenges 10 (Marilla Cuthbert) to a duel.  Who wins?
The dear chivalrous Captain wouldn't challenge a lady (especially of Marilla's age) to a duel, so that crosses out this question.  But just so you know, he wins Every. Single. Duel. he fights.
8: If 1 (Sir Percy Blakeney) stole 8 (Marguerite Blakeney)'s most precious possession, how would she get it back?
Lovely coincidence!  Marguerite's most precious possession stands six foot odd high and hath name Percy Blakeney, but it would be just weird to have him steal himself.  As to her heart, he already stole it and I don't think she wants it back.

9: Suggest a story title in which 7 (Eleanor Tilney) and 12 (Esther Summerson) both attain what they want.
In any story with a happy ending Eleanor and Esther would get what they want.  As to the title: Sense and Sweetness
10: What kind of plot device would you have to use to get 1 (Sir Percy Blakeney) and 4 (Emma Woodhouse) to work together.
The plot device of a genius with an amazing imagination. 
11: If 7 (Eleanor Tilney) visited you for the weekend, how would it go?
Wonderfully, although I'd feel a little shabby.  Miss Tilney always wears white.
12: If you could command 3 (Captain Wentworth) to perform any service or task for you what would it be?
Exist for real, please, and bring Anne to visit me. :)

13: If 2 (Mrs. Jellyby) had to choose sides between 4 (Emma Woodhouse) and 5 (Herbert Pocket), which side would she choose?
Herbert would treat her with just a little civility, so she'd choose him.  Emma would insult her outright and give all the little Jellyby's sugar plums.
14: What might 10 (Marilla Cuthbert) should out while charging into battle?
Marilla charging into battle!  Somebody sure has an imagination. But I don't think she'd say anything, just charge
15: If you had to choose a song that best describes 3 (Captain Wentworth) what would it be?
I have no clue, but it would be gorgeous, passionate, and sailorish.
16: 1 (Sir Percy Blakeney), 6 (Davy Keith), and 12 (Esther Summerson) are having a dim sum at a Chinese Restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left , and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets it?
Odd's life, m'dear, Sir Percy isn't hungry.  He's just so very fatigued....  Esther wouldn't take it if she thought Davy wanted it, and Davy would certainly want it!
17: What would 5 (Herbert Pocket) most likely be arrested for?
Debt.  No question about that.

18: What is 6 (Davy Keith)'s secret?
I. Have. No. Clue
19: If 11 (Mr. Collins) and 9 (Sydney Carton) were racing to a destination, who would get there first?
I doubt whether Mr. Collins would get there at all (Other way, Mr. Collins!) but Sydney wouldn't do that much better, unless perhaps there was Lucie Manette or something he could do for her at the end.
20: If you had to walk home through a bad neighborhood late at night, who would you be more comfortable walking with: 7 (Elinor Tilney) or 8 (Marguerite Blakeney)?
Marguerite, of course.  If anything happens to us, Percy will come to the rescue.
21: 1 (Sir Percy Blakeney) and 9 (Sydney Carton) reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4 (Emma Woodhouse)'s sinister secret organization. 11 (Mr. Collins) volunteers to help them,but it is later discovered that s/he is actually a spy for 4 (Emma) Meanwhile, 4 (Emma) has kidnapped 12 (Esther Summerson) in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of 5 (Herbert Pocket), they seek out 3 (Captain Wentworth), who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fiction?

This is an idea!  Emma's secret organization is made up of matchmakers with a plan to marry off the whole world.  Sir Percy opposes them, because, what has the whole world done to be condemned to matrimony?  Sydney would be reluctant, because he never does anything anyways and feels that he's useless.  Mr. Collin's joins them because he pretends to hate marriage because his fair cousin has refused him.  He spies for Emma because she's promised to matchmake for him.  Emma kidnaps Esther and threatens to marry her to Mr. Collins unless they stop opposing her.  Captain Wentworth first finds Mr. Knightley and then goes to Emma and promises to get married himself if she will stop matchmaking.  Captain Wentworth's advice (and especially Mr. Knightley) causes Emma, now married herself, to agree to give up her plan and everyone lives happily ever after.

This book will be called Condemned to Matrimony and it will be an instant bestseller. :)

4 comments:

Miss Dashwood said...

Ooh, I did so love reading this! Question number 8 is precious! I loved how you quoted the book. :) And "as to her heart, he already stole it and I don't think she wants it back..." awwwwww.....
#12, haha!
I can just see Emma giving all the poor little Jellybys sugar plums in #13!
Wow, I really laughed out loud at "other way, Mr. Collins!" in #19.
Let me know when "Condemned to Matrimony" hits the shelves, for I shall purchase the first copy. :)

Eva-Joy said...

I know this is totally unrelated to your post but I just want to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! Just check my post - http://ejsbookshelf.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/my-first-blog-award/ to find out more.

Alexandra said...

I absolutely loved this. And Condemned to Matrimony is on my wishlist. :-)

Charity U said...

So glad you did this! Great job. :) I enjoyed it!