|Jane Austen's eighth heroine|
It’s taken me a week to think of how to introduce myself. First impressions are so important. I don't want to be mistaken for a Mr Darcy, proud and disagreeable. I’d rather be like one of Jane Austen’s heroines. Could I possibly introduce myself as Elizabeth Bennet? We’re close to the same age and have the same amount of sisters. But I’m not elegant enough. I’d rather build sandcastles than sit at a polite tea party or trim a new bonnet.
Could I be Elinor Dashwood then, responsible and sensible? I’m afraid not. I don’t think that the state of near constant laughter I live in is particularly sensible and I have yet to deny us beef out of economy. I might be closer to her sister Marianne. We both sprained our ankles, and we love singing and playing the piano. But I’m not as romantically minded as she is and not so fond of Shakespeare’s sonnets either.
Am I Catherine Morland? We share a passion for reading. I think the length of her reading list might almost rival mine. And certainly we have the same overactive imagination. But my reading pile has more adventures, spaceships, and dragons in it than gothic romances. And I prefer to keep my imagination safely locked away inside a novel where it can speed along my plot and build my characters.
Perhaps I could be Emma Woodhouse the handsome, clever and rich. Well, I won’t make the judgement on the handsome and clever part, but I’m certainly not rich. I’m not particularly interested in meddling with people’s love lives either. I’d rather stay home with my family and books.
Could I be Anne Elliot maybe? But she’s so patient, and I’m not always. Does that leave me as Fanny Price then? But she’s so meek and quiet and retiring. And I like to talk and have fun when I do see people. I like to perform and get involved with fun other people are having. No, I don’t think I could be her either.
I don’t think that I am enough like any of these lovely, elegant ladies with their long dresses, their balls and their beautiful manners to be able to pass myself off as any of them. So, I shall introduce myself to you as Jane Austen’s lesser known eighth heroine. Presenting Miss Imogen Elvis.