Dream ALong With Me

It’s Sunday and it’s Edith, and Hello and a ho ho ho!

The HOLIDAY SEASON is upon us – and up, over and under us.
Friends, we are now getting roundly Holidayed! Betwixt the punch and the holly, the potato pancakes and the mistletoe, I figure no one is in the mood for musings of any great depth. (At least, I confess, I’m not.) So, a game!

Last week we did a little wishful thinking here about which books we’d like to see sequels to. Then Jo wondered whether anyone wanted to see books about the offspring of our favorite heros and heroines.
Now, since we’re entering the magical season, I venture to ask if you’re willing to go one more step into fantasy with me.
Thusly:
If you could, what book would you inhabit for the Holidays?

Would you like to be a character in the book, or there as yourself? And which one, or how?

Toss a little tinsel over your right shoulder, gulp down a few cups of wassail, and I think you’ll get the hang of it.

As for me?
Easy.
The book: I’m deciding between THESE OLD SHADES and DEVIL’S CUB.
(I made up the game, I can cheat.)
The character: me! A wee bit transformed for the occasion. OK. A lot transformed. Dressed to the teeth at a gala masquerade in Eighteenth century Paris – and then one later in Regency London Town. With all of the Great Georgette’s witty, dashing heroes dancing attention on me. Of course, I wouldn’t be a Dowager. Or a dewy miss. And certainly not a wallflower. I’d be a dashing Incognito, with eyelashes a yard long, and a mysterious smile, and of course, a magnificent figure. I dream big.

Your turn.
(aw, go ahead. It’s the Holidays. You can cheat too.)

64 thoughts on “Dream ALong With Me”

  1. Oh, my, rough one, Edith! Maybe I’ll cheat a little, too. Can I enter into a sequel to Heyer’s VENETIA? I’d love to join Venetia and the wickedly delightful Damerel for their first Christmas. I’d be the beautiful and happy natured Venetia, of course. There would be balls, and passion, and lots of honeymoon magic. Naturally, as a romance writer, I’d want them to have that forever and die peacefully in their 90s.
    Mary Jo

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  2. Oh, my, rough one, Edith! Maybe I’ll cheat a little, too. Can I enter into a sequel to Heyer’s VENETIA? I’d love to join Venetia and the wickedly delightful Damerel for their first Christmas. I’d be the beautiful and happy natured Venetia, of course. There would be balls, and passion, and lots of honeymoon magic. Naturally, as a romance writer, I’d want them to have that forever and die peacefully in their 90s.
    Mary Jo

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  3. Oh, my, rough one, Edith! Maybe I’ll cheat a little, too. Can I enter into a sequel to Heyer’s VENETIA? I’d love to join Venetia and the wickedly delightful Damerel for their first Christmas. I’d be the beautiful and happy natured Venetia, of course. There would be balls, and passion, and lots of honeymoon magic. Naturally, as a romance writer, I’d want them to have that forever and die peacefully in their 90s.
    Mary Jo

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  4. Oh, my, rough one, Edith! Maybe I’ll cheat a little, too. Can I enter into a sequel to Heyer’s VENETIA? I’d love to join Venetia and the wickedly delightful Damerel for their first Christmas. I’d be the beautiful and happy natured Venetia, of course. There would be balls, and passion, and lots of honeymoon magic. Naturally, as a romance writer, I’d want them to have that forever and die peacefully in their 90s.
    Mary Jo

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  5. This is really tough.
    All things considered, I think I’d want to be Gwen from MJP’s A KISS OF FATE. I’d take on her suffering to be an enchantress, i guess.
    The problem with trials and tribulations is that one wouldn’t choose to go through them if one knew what is involved.

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  6. This is really tough.
    All things considered, I think I’d want to be Gwen from MJP’s A KISS OF FATE. I’d take on her suffering to be an enchantress, i guess.
    The problem with trials and tribulations is that one wouldn’t choose to go through them if one knew what is involved.

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  7. This is really tough.
    All things considered, I think I’d want to be Gwen from MJP’s A KISS OF FATE. I’d take on her suffering to be an enchantress, i guess.
    The problem with trials and tribulations is that one wouldn’t choose to go through them if one knew what is involved.

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  8. This is really tough.
    All things considered, I think I’d want to be Gwen from MJP’s A KISS OF FATE. I’d take on her suffering to be an enchantress, i guess.
    The problem with trials and tribulations is that one wouldn’t choose to go through them if one knew what is involved.

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  9. Oh a game! How magnificent. I do love games.
    Now let me see… I shall have to cheat too. If I could be anyone but me I would wish to be Bad Bab in Heyer’s AN INFAMOUS ARMY. Oh, to be that bad! That brazen… Mmmm Mmm.
    No. Wait. Make me Gwyneth in KOF. I want to have the power to seduce men. Not that I would mind you. Not with a man like Duncan in my bed (minus facial hair, of course) It’s just knowing I could…seduce men… if I wanted to.
    Well… maybe that’s not it. Make me Desdemona in Angel Rogue. That’s it. I want to be Desdemona swooning in my lord husband’s arms on our way to Paris for our honeymoon. Oh, that dashing innocent smile forever betrayed by the lurking passion in his eyes. Good Lord, the fun we would have!
    Nina

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  10. Oh a game! How magnificent. I do love games.
    Now let me see… I shall have to cheat too. If I could be anyone but me I would wish to be Bad Bab in Heyer’s AN INFAMOUS ARMY. Oh, to be that bad! That brazen… Mmmm Mmm.
    No. Wait. Make me Gwyneth in KOF. I want to have the power to seduce men. Not that I would mind you. Not with a man like Duncan in my bed (minus facial hair, of course) It’s just knowing I could…seduce men… if I wanted to.
    Well… maybe that’s not it. Make me Desdemona in Angel Rogue. That’s it. I want to be Desdemona swooning in my lord husband’s arms on our way to Paris for our honeymoon. Oh, that dashing innocent smile forever betrayed by the lurking passion in his eyes. Good Lord, the fun we would have!
    Nina

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  11. Oh a game! How magnificent. I do love games.
    Now let me see… I shall have to cheat too. If I could be anyone but me I would wish to be Bad Bab in Heyer’s AN INFAMOUS ARMY. Oh, to be that bad! That brazen… Mmmm Mmm.
    No. Wait. Make me Gwyneth in KOF. I want to have the power to seduce men. Not that I would mind you. Not with a man like Duncan in my bed (minus facial hair, of course) It’s just knowing I could…seduce men… if I wanted to.
    Well… maybe that’s not it. Make me Desdemona in Angel Rogue. That’s it. I want to be Desdemona swooning in my lord husband’s arms on our way to Paris for our honeymoon. Oh, that dashing innocent smile forever betrayed by the lurking passion in his eyes. Good Lord, the fun we would have!
    Nina

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  12. Oh a game! How magnificent. I do love games.
    Now let me see… I shall have to cheat too. If I could be anyone but me I would wish to be Bad Bab in Heyer’s AN INFAMOUS ARMY. Oh, to be that bad! That brazen… Mmmm Mmm.
    No. Wait. Make me Gwyneth in KOF. I want to have the power to seduce men. Not that I would mind you. Not with a man like Duncan in my bed (minus facial hair, of course) It’s just knowing I could…seduce men… if I wanted to.
    Well… maybe that’s not it. Make me Desdemona in Angel Rogue. That’s it. I want to be Desdemona swooning in my lord husband’s arms on our way to Paris for our honeymoon. Oh, that dashing innocent smile forever betrayed by the lurking passion in his eyes. Good Lord, the fun we would have!
    Nina

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  13. Lovely game, Edith. And, since Mary Jo has pinched Venetia (and with no wasteful strewing of rose petals, which personally I think *is* a waste) I’ll have to go for Hugo in the Unknown Ajax — I can never resist a man who can make me laugh. But I don’t want the rest of that family, and I don’t want London and balls. Just me, Hugo, a seaside cottage with a big open fireplace… and a few discreet and invisible servants.

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  14. Lovely game, Edith. And, since Mary Jo has pinched Venetia (and with no wasteful strewing of rose petals, which personally I think *is* a waste) I’ll have to go for Hugo in the Unknown Ajax — I can never resist a man who can make me laugh. But I don’t want the rest of that family, and I don’t want London and balls. Just me, Hugo, a seaside cottage with a big open fireplace… and a few discreet and invisible servants.

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  15. Lovely game, Edith. And, since Mary Jo has pinched Venetia (and with no wasteful strewing of rose petals, which personally I think *is* a waste) I’ll have to go for Hugo in the Unknown Ajax — I can never resist a man who can make me laugh. But I don’t want the rest of that family, and I don’t want London and balls. Just me, Hugo, a seaside cottage with a big open fireplace… and a few discreet and invisible servants.

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  16. Lovely game, Edith. And, since Mary Jo has pinched Venetia (and with no wasteful strewing of rose petals, which personally I think *is* a waste) I’ll have to go for Hugo in the Unknown Ajax — I can never resist a man who can make me laugh. But I don’t want the rest of that family, and I don’t want London and balls. Just me, Hugo, a seaside cottage with a big open fireplace… and a few discreet and invisible servants.

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  17. Okay, if I can’t have Damerel (sob), I’ll be Ancilla, and have Sir Waldo. 😀
    There is something about Heyer, isn’t there?

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  18. Okay, if I can’t have Damerel (sob), I’ll be Ancilla, and have Sir Waldo. 😀
    There is something about Heyer, isn’t there?

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  19. Okay, if I can’t have Damerel (sob), I’ll be Ancilla, and have Sir Waldo. 😀
    There is something about Heyer, isn’t there?

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  20. Okay, if I can’t have Damerel (sob), I’ll be Ancilla, and have Sir Waldo. 😀
    There is something about Heyer, isn’t there?

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  21. Oh, the choices!
    An abrupt departure from Heyer, here. Ever since I was a young woman I’ve wanted to be Moon in Joan D. Vinge’s The Snow Queen.
    But a cozy Christmas at the abbey as Marianne Brandon to Alan Rickman’s Colonel sounds delightful too!

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  22. Oh, the choices!
    An abrupt departure from Heyer, here. Ever since I was a young woman I’ve wanted to be Moon in Joan D. Vinge’s The Snow Queen.
    But a cozy Christmas at the abbey as Marianne Brandon to Alan Rickman’s Colonel sounds delightful too!

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  23. Oh, the choices!
    An abrupt departure from Heyer, here. Ever since I was a young woman I’ve wanted to be Moon in Joan D. Vinge’s The Snow Queen.
    But a cozy Christmas at the abbey as Marianne Brandon to Alan Rickman’s Colonel sounds delightful too!

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  24. Oh, the choices!
    An abrupt departure from Heyer, here. Ever since I was a young woman I’ve wanted to be Moon in Joan D. Vinge’s The Snow Queen.
    But a cozy Christmas at the abbey as Marianne Brandon to Alan Rickman’s Colonel sounds delightful too!

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  25. Any book at all? But there are so many choices!
    If I could be myself at 10 or 12, I’d want to have an adventure in Narnia, or maybe go to school with Anne Shirley in Avonlea or Laura Ingalls in De Smet.
    If I were going to be someone else, I’d want to be Harriet Vane in GAUDY NIGHT and BUSMAN’S HONEYMOON.
    Regency era? Given my fascination with the military/naval side of things, I’d want to go as myself, only a little younger and a lot fitter than I actually am, and disguise myself as a man so I could sail on the Surprise with Jack Aubrey for a captain. Or don’t bother diguising myself, and be a Longwing captain in Naomi Novik’s fantasy series. Or be the girl in one of Sharpe’s adventures. Etc…

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  26. Any book at all? But there are so many choices!
    If I could be myself at 10 or 12, I’d want to have an adventure in Narnia, or maybe go to school with Anne Shirley in Avonlea or Laura Ingalls in De Smet.
    If I were going to be someone else, I’d want to be Harriet Vane in GAUDY NIGHT and BUSMAN’S HONEYMOON.
    Regency era? Given my fascination with the military/naval side of things, I’d want to go as myself, only a little younger and a lot fitter than I actually am, and disguise myself as a man so I could sail on the Surprise with Jack Aubrey for a captain. Or don’t bother diguising myself, and be a Longwing captain in Naomi Novik’s fantasy series. Or be the girl in one of Sharpe’s adventures. Etc…

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  27. Any book at all? But there are so many choices!
    If I could be myself at 10 or 12, I’d want to have an adventure in Narnia, or maybe go to school with Anne Shirley in Avonlea or Laura Ingalls in De Smet.
    If I were going to be someone else, I’d want to be Harriet Vane in GAUDY NIGHT and BUSMAN’S HONEYMOON.
    Regency era? Given my fascination with the military/naval side of things, I’d want to go as myself, only a little younger and a lot fitter than I actually am, and disguise myself as a man so I could sail on the Surprise with Jack Aubrey for a captain. Or don’t bother diguising myself, and be a Longwing captain in Naomi Novik’s fantasy series. Or be the girl in one of Sharpe’s adventures. Etc…

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  28. Any book at all? But there are so many choices!
    If I could be myself at 10 or 12, I’d want to have an adventure in Narnia, or maybe go to school with Anne Shirley in Avonlea or Laura Ingalls in De Smet.
    If I were going to be someone else, I’d want to be Harriet Vane in GAUDY NIGHT and BUSMAN’S HONEYMOON.
    Regency era? Given my fascination with the military/naval side of things, I’d want to go as myself, only a little younger and a lot fitter than I actually am, and disguise myself as a man so I could sail on the Surprise with Jack Aubrey for a captain. Or don’t bother diguising myself, and be a Longwing captain in Naomi Novik’s fantasy series. Or be the girl in one of Sharpe’s adventures. Etc…

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  29. (Now I’m wondering if I read the question wrong–was I supposed to be spending Christmas in the book, as opposed to being magically sent into the world of the book as a Christmas present granting me escape from real life? If so, I’m not sure what I’d pick, because I’ve got major holiday fatigue already!)

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  30. (Now I’m wondering if I read the question wrong–was I supposed to be spending Christmas in the book, as opposed to being magically sent into the world of the book as a Christmas present granting me escape from real life? If so, I’m not sure what I’d pick, because I’ve got major holiday fatigue already!)

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  31. (Now I’m wondering if I read the question wrong–was I supposed to be spending Christmas in the book, as opposed to being magically sent into the world of the book as a Christmas present granting me escape from real life? If so, I’m not sure what I’d pick, because I’ve got major holiday fatigue already!)

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  32. (Now I’m wondering if I read the question wrong–was I supposed to be spending Christmas in the book, as opposed to being magically sent into the world of the book as a Christmas present granting me escape from real life? If so, I’m not sure what I’d pick, because I’ve got major holiday fatigue already!)

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  33. If we are choosing a Christmas scene, I’ll choose to be among the guests at the Mallorens’ Christmas gathering. Two heroes in one scene–how grand! And I could come back and lord it over all my romance-reading friends that I had seen Rothgar.
    If we are choosing to be a character, I’ll choose Jessica Trent. She has all the qualities I admire in a heroine, and she has Dain. Sigh!

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  34. If we are choosing a Christmas scene, I’ll choose to be among the guests at the Mallorens’ Christmas gathering. Two heroes in one scene–how grand! And I could come back and lord it over all my romance-reading friends that I had seen Rothgar.
    If we are choosing to be a character, I’ll choose Jessica Trent. She has all the qualities I admire in a heroine, and she has Dain. Sigh!

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  35. If we are choosing a Christmas scene, I’ll choose to be among the guests at the Mallorens’ Christmas gathering. Two heroes in one scene–how grand! And I could come back and lord it over all my romance-reading friends that I had seen Rothgar.
    If we are choosing to be a character, I’ll choose Jessica Trent. She has all the qualities I admire in a heroine, and she has Dain. Sigh!

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  36. If we are choosing a Christmas scene, I’ll choose to be among the guests at the Mallorens’ Christmas gathering. Two heroes in one scene–how grand! And I could come back and lord it over all my romance-reading friends that I had seen Rothgar.
    If we are choosing to be a character, I’ll choose Jessica Trent. She has all the qualities I admire in a heroine, and she has Dain. Sigh!

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  37. I’d like to be Ozma – sure she’s constantly fighting off invasion and had that whole gender reassignment to deal with – but she’s princess of a magical kingdom where everyone loves her. I think that would have to be a blast.
    Also, was that Adam doing Peter Boyle on WWDTM today or someone else? Whoever did the monster from Young Frankenstein thing almost sent me off the road. Comedy gold.

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  38. I’d like to be Ozma – sure she’s constantly fighting off invasion and had that whole gender reassignment to deal with – but she’s princess of a magical kingdom where everyone loves her. I think that would have to be a blast.
    Also, was that Adam doing Peter Boyle on WWDTM today or someone else? Whoever did the monster from Young Frankenstein thing almost sent me off the road. Comedy gold.

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  39. I’d like to be Ozma – sure she’s constantly fighting off invasion and had that whole gender reassignment to deal with – but she’s princess of a magical kingdom where everyone loves her. I think that would have to be a blast.
    Also, was that Adam doing Peter Boyle on WWDTM today or someone else? Whoever did the monster from Young Frankenstein thing almost sent me off the road. Comedy gold.

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  40. I’d like to be Ozma – sure she’s constantly fighting off invasion and had that whole gender reassignment to deal with – but she’s princess of a magical kingdom where everyone loves her. I think that would have to be a blast.
    Also, was that Adam doing Peter Boyle on WWDTM today or someone else? Whoever did the monster from Young Frankenstein thing almost sent me off the road. Comedy gold.

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  41. Susan, I had said holidays – but every and any day is just as good. After all, the idea is to spend time with the characters we love.
    And Liz – I think that was Adam, but though I just spoke to him, I didn’t think to ask. I’m so pleased he’s back on the show now.

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  42. Susan, I had said holidays – but every and any day is just as good. After all, the idea is to spend time with the characters we love.
    And Liz – I think that was Adam, but though I just spoke to him, I didn’t think to ask. I’m so pleased he’s back on the show now.

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  43. Susan, I had said holidays – but every and any day is just as good. After all, the idea is to spend time with the characters we love.
    And Liz – I think that was Adam, but though I just spoke to him, I didn’t think to ask. I’m so pleased he’s back on the show now.

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  44. Susan, I had said holidays – but every and any day is just as good. After all, the idea is to spend time with the characters we love.
    And Liz – I think that was Adam, but though I just spoke to him, I didn’t think to ask. I’m so pleased he’s back on the show now.

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  45. I get to be Elizabeth Bennett. OH WHAT JOY!!!!!! To be that witty and clever with Mr. Darcy.
    Susan W.,
    My mom grew up in South Dakota, and I’ve been to De Smet. One of my favorite childhood memories. 🙂 I grew up in New England, so I also got to go to Louisa May Alcott’s house. That was heaven.
    -Michelle

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  46. I get to be Elizabeth Bennett. OH WHAT JOY!!!!!! To be that witty and clever with Mr. Darcy.
    Susan W.,
    My mom grew up in South Dakota, and I’ve been to De Smet. One of my favorite childhood memories. 🙂 I grew up in New England, so I also got to go to Louisa May Alcott’s house. That was heaven.
    -Michelle

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  47. I get to be Elizabeth Bennett. OH WHAT JOY!!!!!! To be that witty and clever with Mr. Darcy.
    Susan W.,
    My mom grew up in South Dakota, and I’ve been to De Smet. One of my favorite childhood memories. 🙂 I grew up in New England, so I also got to go to Louisa May Alcott’s house. That was heaven.
    -Michelle

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  48. I get to be Elizabeth Bennett. OH WHAT JOY!!!!!! To be that witty and clever with Mr. Darcy.
    Susan W.,
    My mom grew up in South Dakota, and I’ve been to De Smet. One of my favorite childhood memories. 🙂 I grew up in New England, so I also got to go to Louisa May Alcott’s house. That was heaven.
    -Michelle

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  49. Just for a moment before dragging out the wrapping paper and scotch tape, I will imagine. . . that I am Prudence, beloved of “The Mountain” Sir Anthony Fanshawe. . . that we are cantering around the snowy countryside. . .that I have on my breeches for old times sake. . .and that every once in a while he will give me That Look out of his sleepy eyes, and we will slow the horses and clasp hands. How wonderful to be, just for a moment, so gloriously tall! How wonderful to be a swordswoman, and wickedly good at cards! How wonderful to look at Sir Anthony and know that once the bedroom door is closed all his indolence falls away as he takes me into his arms. . . Oh, my.

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  50. Just for a moment before dragging out the wrapping paper and scotch tape, I will imagine. . . that I am Prudence, beloved of “The Mountain” Sir Anthony Fanshawe. . . that we are cantering around the snowy countryside. . .that I have on my breeches for old times sake. . .and that every once in a while he will give me That Look out of his sleepy eyes, and we will slow the horses and clasp hands. How wonderful to be, just for a moment, so gloriously tall! How wonderful to be a swordswoman, and wickedly good at cards! How wonderful to look at Sir Anthony and know that once the bedroom door is closed all his indolence falls away as he takes me into his arms. . . Oh, my.

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  51. Just for a moment before dragging out the wrapping paper and scotch tape, I will imagine. . . that I am Prudence, beloved of “The Mountain” Sir Anthony Fanshawe. . . that we are cantering around the snowy countryside. . .that I have on my breeches for old times sake. . .and that every once in a while he will give me That Look out of his sleepy eyes, and we will slow the horses and clasp hands. How wonderful to be, just for a moment, so gloriously tall! How wonderful to be a swordswoman, and wickedly good at cards! How wonderful to look at Sir Anthony and know that once the bedroom door is closed all his indolence falls away as he takes me into his arms. . . Oh, my.

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  52. Just for a moment before dragging out the wrapping paper and scotch tape, I will imagine. . . that I am Prudence, beloved of “The Mountain” Sir Anthony Fanshawe. . . that we are cantering around the snowy countryside. . .that I have on my breeches for old times sake. . .and that every once in a while he will give me That Look out of his sleepy eyes, and we will slow the horses and clasp hands. How wonderful to be, just for a moment, so gloriously tall! How wonderful to be a swordswoman, and wickedly good at cards! How wonderful to look at Sir Anthony and know that once the bedroom door is closed all his indolence falls away as he takes me into his arms. . . Oh, my.

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