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~ The Questions ~
What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? I think a true heroine is one who is courageous, wise, charitable, and capable of dealing with the most difficult situations while still keeping her head on straight. She looks out for others without thinking of herself.
Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. I will have to say that first and foremost I relate to Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Ironic, right? We just seem to have the same personality and reactions to things, and throughout the entire book I could feel deeply for her in her struggles. If I were to pick another, it would probably be Margaret Hale from Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. We have a lot of similarities, and I'm afraid I will end up falling for a Mr. Thornton too! ;)
Five of your favorite historical novels? Pride and Prejudice (JA), Emma (JA), Sense and Sensibility (JA), The Virginian (Owen Wister), An Old Fashioned Girl (Louisa May Alcott).
Out of those five books who is your favorite main character and why? Golly, I don't know if I could pick. They are all like my best friends. One of my favorites is Miss Molly Wood from The Virginian. She is kind, yet very strong headed, like me, and I like the way she handles the Virginian at first with an air of superiority, but as the book moves on, well, I won't spoil the story if you haven't read it yet. So go and read it. Now.
Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why? Hmm, well I liked Sydney from An Old Fashioned Girl. He was such a perfect gentleman, so kind and caring, and I can't believe Polly didn't marry him! Excuse me if you haven't read the book yet, but that is what happens. I felt so badly for him.
If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there? My dream vacation would be campi- *ehem* glamping in the wilderness of Canada. My dad camped there a long time ago and his stories of the place never fail to capture my attention. I would cook over a fire, canoe, observe the wildlife, go hiking, and, of course, bring my watercolors. I could probably fill a whole sketchbook.
What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? I have many favorites, but my top favorite is probably 1840s-1860s American West.
You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation - what is your act comprised of? Oh my, I do not like performing in front of people. It makes me all shy and nervous. But, if it was for a good cause and they really needed me, probably singing while playing the piano.
If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? Margaret Hale!! :D In that dress, too.
What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? I. Love. It. No really, it's divinity. Although my favorite form of chocolate is an oreo. Anything oreo is my favorite.
Favorite author(s)? Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Janette Oke.
Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land? I would take my beloved Darcy (known to some of you as my DSLR), and my watercolors.
In which century were most of the books you read written? Goodness, that would be hard to figure out. I have read so many books, but if you want to pick Austen, which I read quite a bit of, I suppose the 19th century.
In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is…WHY OF COURSE, MR. THORN- *ehem* Why I must say definitely Mr. Thornton. :) I don't think I need to explain why.
Describe your ideal dwelling place. A historical farmhouse, preferably between 1840 - 1900.
Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence. Golly. This is going to be hard. Okay, here it goes. "Slightly classy, with a touch of mod and a splash of vintage." Please note that that is my *ideal* fashion style. Some days I really don't care what I wear, since I don't have time to put it together. This is one of those days. ;) By the way do you like the outfit above? It's on my Polyvore. :)
Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name? Heavens, no! I think all the characters I have read about in novels have the perfect names assigned to them by the genius authors. Although one time I read a book where the girl was named Caroline, but her hero called her "Irish" since she had red hair, and it drove me nuts. Every time he said that I would mentally say to myself "Caroline".
In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is... Is there any question? Willoughby.
Three favorite Non-fiction books? Besides the Bible of course, I like "The Hope Chest; A Labor of Love" by Rebekah Wilson, "Raising Maidens of Virtue" by Stacy McDonald, and "Before You Meet Prince Charming" by Sarah Mally.
Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon? If it isn't too hot, I would probably take a walk through the woods to the lakes and pack lunch; if it was too hot to hike, I would spend it in my craft room making something for myself or my Etsy shop.
Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character. Ha, for this one I have a picture! But I suppose I will give you a verbal sketch as well. "A bonnet in black, dark brown, or deep cranberry, with a lace veil and a thick ribbon."
Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year. A lot of things have happened this past year, but probably one of the biggest was my brother leaving for boarding school in another state. It has been so different without him at home.
Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.And as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return no more thither, but soak the earth, and water it, and make it to spring, and give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be, which shall go forth from my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall do whatsoever I please, and shall prosper in the things for which I sent it.
For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall sing praise before yen, and all the trees of the country shah clap their hands.