Parlor Games: Regency Word-Libs with Manda Collins

Tessa: I’ve invited a new friend to the ballroom today! Lady B, may I introduce Miss Manda Collins, yet another authoress of colonial extraction. Manda and I were talking about how we haven’t played parlor games in ages, and Manda is so very clever. She suggested… Well, you tell them, Manda.

Manda: Thank you so much for introducing me to your charming coterie, Tessa! I vow I haven’t seen a more lively crowd since the tiger got loose at Sally Jersey’s circus-themed rout! What I have in mind is much tamer, but no less amusing. It’s a word game called MadLibs.

Lady B: More madness in my ballroom? I should have known, coming from you, Miss Dare.

Tessa: (aside) Actually, these aren’t really Mad-Libs. Because Mad-Libs are a trademark. So these are Word Libs from (clears throat) Manda, can you explain to Lady B just how this new parlor game works?

Manda: Well, you take a passage of prose and remove the nouns, verbs and adjectives. Then you make a list of nouns, verbs and adjectives. And place them in the slots left blank in the passage of prose. And the new ones render the paragraphs…that is to say…

Lady B: I may require an example.

Manda: Excellent idea. Here’s a very simple one, from the teaser for Miss Ashe’s first installment in her Falcon Club series.

(Note: Clicking “Create story” will take you to the WordLibs site to see your result. To share it with the rest of us, highlight and copy the text, then click “Back” to paste it in the comments!)

When a _____ Loves a Lady

Tessa, giggling: Oh my goodness. I can’t wait to see all our guests’ variations! Here was my result:

A Melon fleeing society, a Sparkly lord bent on seduction, and a Fantastical little village covered in Fudge.

What could be more Mawkishly scandalous?

Manda: I love it! Are you getting the idea now, Lady B?

Lady B: I believe so. But I think a more thorough sample may be in order.

Tessa: Manda, why don’t we use the blurb from your debut, How to Dance with a Duke?

Lady B: Oh! This is excessively diverting. Miss Dare, I agree. Miss Collins is clever indeed.

Tessa: The best part is–more ratafia you drink, the better it gets. Let’s have one more, Manda! Perhaps we can set Miss MacLean in our sights.

Tessa: Manda, thank you so much for coming by today and bringing us such an entertaining diversion! I can’t wait for How to Dance with a Petri Dish, er Duke to hit the shelves!

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