My sister recently returned from a trip to England, Scotland and Ireland. The first part of her trip was a walking tour in Yorkshire, which, for those of you who don’t know yet, is where the majority of The Short and Fascinating Tale of Angelina Whitcombe takes place.
My sister is also the first person to read anything I write, from first page to first kiss, to the end. Thus, as she knew that a sketchbook is featured prominently in the novella, she sent me this little bit of artwork created during her travels.
Then she sent me a photograph of what she was attempting to draw.
Speaking of inspirations, she also walked past the idyllic landscape which Ruskin said was an inspiration and certainly was for Turner and other artists.
Inspired by Captain Martin, the hero of my new novella, she sent me this photograph of Knaresborough Castle, which could certainly use a dark and brooding hero.
She also brought back these charming stuffed animals, which of course made me think of Tessa’s books.
Apparently the Duke of Argyll was signing keepsakes in the gift shop when she happened to visit Inveraray Castle. Thus, I have my very own book signed with “Argyll.”
Now, I am trying to imagine the titled descendents of my heroes and heroines sitting in a gift shop doing the same.
We all know from Jane Austen, that a woman must be highly accomplished. According to Darcy, “the word is applied to many a woman who deserves it no otherwise than by netting a purse or covering a screen.” According to Miss Bingley, “a woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word…”
After her intrepid journey through the Pennines and the Dales, I believe one could say of my sister “she is a great walker.” She certainly showed off some of Miss Bingley’s qualifications: drawing (on her iPad), singing (Karaoke), dancing (on a cruise at the end of her trip), and proficiency in foreign languages (using her high school French when visiting Normandy). (To the despair of our matchmaking mother, she didn’t come affianced.) While journeying, my sister read (at my behest) the entire 50 shades trilogy. Do you think this is what Darcy had in mind by extensive reading? Regardless, what accomplishments do you think a modern woman should possess?