In celebration of Karen Aminadra’s debut novel, Charlotte~ Pride and Prejudice Continues,
I have decided to take on the formidable task of interviewing Lady Catherine.
While Aminadra’s Lady Cat is one of the most villainous I have seen, I managed
to hold my own during the interview and walk away with only a few minor
Good afternoon, Lady Cat. May I call you that, as I find it
fits so well since you always have your claws drawn.
No, you may not! Impertinent
child! A person of my standing ought to
be addressed correctly, and if you cannot find manners enough to address me
correctly, then consider this interview at an end. You may refer to me as Your Ladyship.
Moreover, what do you mean,
claws drawn? I am known up and down the
land as most generous, kind and caring.
Indeed, yes I am.
My sincerest apologies, Your
Ladyship. May I offer you some tea?
Yes, you may. No sugar, just a drop of milk.
I must say this is a very small
room you have here. How
inconvenient! Why, you could only get
six or seven people in here. Most
I find it serves my purposes quite adequately, but thank
you. Now then, I know you are a very busy woman, carefully instructing those in
your employ and tenants in all matters, so I will attempt making this quick. I
will ask you a few questions, and if you would be so kind as to answer them
with the first answer that pops into your head, I would be eternally grateful!
Yes, of course you would. Most people are grateful you know, and I am
never remiss in my attention to those whose rank is beneath my own. It is the least I could do.
You are too kind. If you could have been truly proficient in
ONE thing, what would it have been?
Oh, if I could have been truly
proficient my dear, it would have been in all things. Just like my Anne.
However, if you must press me
for an answer by staring at me so, I choose playing the pianoforte. Yes, that would have pleased me greatly. It pains me that I never learnt, but my time
was much more usefully spent. Yes,
indeed, take a look around you. I did
not acquire Rosings Park, a title and my fortune by idling my time away
frivolously playing the pianoforte my dear.
You are perfectly right. You have employed your time much
better. Is the reason you do not wish others to marry for love because you
are jealous you didn’t?
I beg your pardon? You are decidedly impertinent for so young a
person. I am not used to such behavior!
But now that you mention it, I
did not indeed marry for love. Neither
would I expect anyone to be so foolish.
Love indeed! Pray tell me, what love has to do with matrimony?
Let’s just agree to disagree on that point, shall we? Now
that your nephew, Mr. Darcy, is married to the bewitching Elizabeth, to whom do
you have your cap set now for Anne? By the way, rumors have it that you are
planning a house party!
Yes, my dear Anne. Who could resist such charm, such elegance
and beauty? I was considered a beauty in
my day too, you know.
I digress. I have a few young men in mind. Colonel Fitzwilliam would be perfect. Alas, he has no property but he has fortune
enough. Then, there is the sixth Duke of
Devonshire, now he is most eligible. He
owns Chatsworth, you know. Yes, he would
suit if he were not such a close friend of the Regent.
Sounds promising! What were your real intentions in detaining
Mr. Collins on Christmas? It is rumored you detained the parson so Mrs.
Collins’s Christmas dinner would spoil.
Detain? Detain, Mr Collins? What
a notion! My dear, I do not know who fills your head with such nonsense!
I cannot imagine that Mrs
Collins had set as handsome a table for him as I offered him, mind you. Mr
Collins visited me on Christmas day, and of course he stayed longer than he
intended. However, they always do. Once a guest is here, they seldom want to
leave again. Such is the attraction of Rosings to all.
*Snort* I’m sure that is why. With Mrs. Collins’s help, Mr.
Collins changes, (in a whisper) and some
would even say for the better
, what are your true thoughts on the matter?
Change? I never saw it. Nonsense child.
Although that woman, my nephew’s
wife, and Mr Collins’ own wayward wife I am sure have worked their arts on
woman is such a manipulator of men!
Just look at the way she ensnared my nephew! Yes, you mark my words, my dear; if Mr
Collins has indeed changed, they are to blame.
In closing, if you could impart readers with one last piece
of sage advice, you would tell them…
Always respect your betters,
defer to their judgment. They know
better than you.
Do not interrupt! I am not finished, never speak until spoken to.
Most importantly, never seek to
quit the sphere in which you have been brought up, keep to your own rank and
station. It is the way things have
always been, and the way they should always remain.
Well, thank you for honoring me with your presence today, Your Ladyship
. This was truly an... enlightening experience.
Yes, I am sure it was. I wish I could repay the compliment.
Whew! Now that you have gotten to know Lady Cat a little better, I hope she has not scared you off. If our dear Charlotte can find the courage to stand up to the Gand Damme, hopefully you will find your own and pick up a copy of Charlotte~ Pride and Prejudice Continues.
*On Wednesday I will be posting my review of Charlotte. Come back to read it and for another opportunity to enter the GIVEAWAY!!*
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From the Publisher:
When Charlotte Lucas married Mr Collins, she did not love him but had at least secured her future.
However, what price must she pay for that future? She once said she was not romantic, but how true is that now after almost one year of marriage?
Mr Collins is submissive in the extreme to his patroness, and his constant simpering, fawning and deference to the overbearing and manipulative Lady Catherine de Bourgh is sure to try the patience of a saint, or at least of Charlotte.
As Charlotte becomes part of Hunsford society, she discovers she is not the only one who has been forced to submit to the controlling and often hurtful hand of Lady Catherine.
She feels trapped and realises her need for love and affection. She is not as content as she once thought she would be. The easiest thing to do would be to maintain the peace and do as she is told. But as Charlotte witnesses the misery around her due to her inimitable neighbour, she must decide to remain as she is or to begin a chain of events that will change not only her life but also the lives of those around her in the village of Hunsford forever.
But...after all, doesn't every girl deserve a happy ending?