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3 April 2016

Which Classical Heroine Are You?

Please, not one of the good girls –
poor orphaned Jane
who ended up marrying the boss,
nor feisty, smart Elizabeth,
although she found love and wealth.

Nor yet rebellious Cathy –
those moors were probably cold.

Could I be Natasha?
She had both passion and heart.
And she had Pierre,
a kind man who could think.


April Poetry Day 3 at 'imaginary garden with real toads' is Flash 55 PLUS. The optional 'plus' is to consider the classics. My title is an imaginary facebook quiz – but if it doesn't already exist, I'm sure it soon will.



20 comments:

  1. Hard to choose sometimes. I thought Cathy needed her head read. I rather liked Bathsheba of Madding Crowd. She had some spunk and a desire to follow her heart rather than give into convention.

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    1. Yes, I'd forgotten her, but you're right.

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  2. If we had a choice? I like Natasha as well, I think passion is the way to go,,,nicely done,,

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  3. Natasha would be a very good choice! Or who did Levin get? Dolly? Bad name but Levin was a good guy! But notice it's all about the guys they got!!!!!!! AGH!!!!! YOur poem isn't though--thanks. k.

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    1. Yes, I was aware of that when reviewing the novels for this purpose, that it was all about who they ended up marrying – and even in the poem a bit, though I tried to make it about other things too.

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  4. Oh, how this made me smile! I tend towards the bad girls myself.

    And yes there is a quiz -

    http://www.playbuzz.com/abighj10/which-classic-literary-heroine-are-you

    I got Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With The Wind - perfect!

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    1. I got Elizabeth Bennett after all – but for good reasons such as honesty and wit.

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  5. Yep. Bad girls for the win. ;)

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  6. I tend to the bad girls with a heart somewhere deep down.They're interesting. Smiled that you included Cathy as a non-appealing connection. Heathcliff was far more alive. Cathy was a pale foil it seems.

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    1. I was cross with her for marrying LInton, but I suppose a girl has to be practical too.

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  7. No not poor Jane she doesn't suit you at all

    Thanks for dropping in to read mine

    Much love...

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  8. Rosemary, I am with you. Just about all women from the "classics" were about their matches. Men could have lives that were not lived simply through the lens of their lovers. Great take! Amy

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  9. Oh for sure, Rosemary, I would take Natasha as she was young. But probably to old for either Pierre or me. I haven't read War and Peace, I don't like war stories.
    ..

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  10. Pierre? I was thinking Boris... ~

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    1. That's a classic I am not acquainted with. (But I did Google it to find out what you meant.)

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  11. Haha - I was thinking Boris and Natasha too. Thanks for saying it first, M. I guess there are classics and there are classics. I think the character I most wanted to be, though maybe not quite so classic, was Jo.

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  12. Ahh... then there's Wendy.

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  13. Hmmmm....none of the above. I need one with a bit more bitch. lol

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