Weekend Assignment: Rewind to #313
Posted on June 29, 2010
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I’ve had a crappy sort of a day and have nothing positive to contribute to the conversation. I’ve decided that when I have nothing positive to add to the conversation that I shall go to the backlog of Weekend Assignment topics – from before I started participating – and do them. The first one was:
Weekend Assignment #313: Through some miracle of colliding realities, you have the opportunity to meet a fictional character, face to face. Which character would you most like to meet, and why?
Extra Credit: What question would you most like to ask that character? Extra extra credit for posting the character’s likely reply!
Hm. I’ve been asked about meeting historical figures a hundred times. Fictional characters – not so much. Here’s me running through my library:
Atticus Finch..Sherlock Holmes – no Hercule Poirot! The Godfather..or the other Godfather. Jacob Marley, the Vampire Lestat, Hawkeye Pierce…no. I have not named a single woman. Scarlett O’Hara..God, no. Rhett Butler..but I just said women! Garp’s mother – what was her name? (Jenny Fields). Oh! Clarice Starling..but I don’t really want to know. Professor McGonagall! That is a lame answer. And no Hobbits or Jedi, either. The Countess Olenska? I guess if the question were, “Pick a fictional character to be your roommate”, she’d be an interesting pick. Anne Elliott would be my “best friend” pick, I think.
OK – I’m going with Anne Elliott, from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. And I would expect her to introduce me to Captain Wentworth, his sister and brother-in-law, the Crofts, her brother-in-law Charles, and…that’s it. I don’t want to know the rest of her family. There isn’t anything in particular I’d want to ask her, but I think those would be some great companions for a holiday in Bath. You know, a couple hundred years ago.