February 28, 2015

Literary Heroine Blog Party

Posted in Bible, Blogging, Books, Jane Austen, Just Life tagged at 6:35 pm by catsinboxes

Q.  Introduce yourself! Divulge your life’s vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!

 My name is Hayley, and I’m a book-loving, Bible-reading, midwest girl transplanted to Louisville, Kentucky, and working on a degree in Humanities at Boyce College.  

Q.  What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine?

At risk of sounding like Caroline Bingley extolling the merits of a true lady, a true heroine must have common sense and back-bone.  She must possess a sense of humor and, if at all possible, she must like books!  Even more importantly, she must be empathetic and care about others —not everyone, we can’t all be Jane Bennets— but she must have some connection with other people.   

Q.  Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to.

  • Elinor Dashwood —Definitely number one!  
  • Emma Woodhouse —I plead guilty of being all too like Emma at times
  • Emily of Deep Valley —I’ve had a lot of waiting periods in my life, especially —like Emily— not going on to college right away.  (Here’s a review written much closer to that time in my life.)  
  • Anne Elliot —I’m not as quiet as Anne, but I do hope that as I grow older, I emulate Jane Austen’s most mature of heroines.

Q.  Five of your favorite historical novels?

  1. Sense and Sensibility
  2. Emma
  3. The Hobbit
  4. Persuasion
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird

Q.  Out of those five books who is your favorite major character and why?

Elinor Dashwood . . . I understand her!

Q.  Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?

Mr. Knightley —he feels the most “real” of all Jane Austen’s men.  He is a friend first and not afraid to call Emma out on her short-comings.  

Q.  If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to – and what would you plan to do there?

I’d travel to the United Kingdom and visit battlefields, bookstores, castles, cathedrals, and museums —as many literary and historical places as I could cram into my vacation.  (Fun fact, I lived in London for 6 weeks when I was 12.  I can’t wait to go back someday!)

Q.  What is your favorite time period and culture to read about?

Ooh, hard!  Right now it would be Regency England, but I love Homefront Britain during WWII, and Pre-Revolutionary War Boston.  

Q.  You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation, tap dancing… what is your act comprised of?

I love poetry, so I’d be happy to recite something, and then I’d finish with a piano solo, probably this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UaHl3d8Rlg 

Q.  If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent?

Hermione Granger; I have both the character and the bushy brown hair! 

Q.  Favorite author(s)?

Besides Jane Austen: Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Goudge, C. S. Lewis, Angie Sage, Dorothy Sayers, Josephine Tey, J. R. R. Tolkien and P. G. Wodehouse. . . to name a few  

Q.  In which century were most of the books you read written?

20th century with several notable exceptions!

Q.  In your opinion, the ultimate hero in all literature is…

Lord Peter Wimsey, my first literary crush 

Q.  In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is…

Moriarty is a classic but, really?  Lord Voldemort!

Q.  Describe your ideal dwelling place.

Bag End, or a quiet farm in the country 

Q.  Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence.

Classic but relaxed: I love dressing up, but I also love my jeans!

Q.  Three favorite Non-fiction books?

Taking the Bible as a given:

  1. Oxford Companion to English Literature (I love reading this reference book!)
  2. Tempted and Tried by Russell Moore (Wonderful, theological book)
  3. At Home with Beatrix Potter (Beautiful coffee-table book with gorgeous pictures)

Q.  Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon?

Yup, an Indiana Jones hat for me!

I’m imagining a summer day back home in Wisconsin —Kentucky summer days are far too hot!  I’d go walking with Mom, then, after my walk, walk out to the barn to see the horses and go out in the pasture barefoot to socialize (being very careful to mind my feet!)  After that I’d head inside, grab a glass of iced tea mixed with lemonade, and find a nice spot outside to read a book or catch up on journaling.  

Q.  Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat – in such a way as will best portray your true character.

While I’d love a beautiful hat, I’m on the adventurous side, so I’ll go for a Australian oilskin hat or a fedora.  If I didn’t wear a helmet horseback riding, that is what I’d be wearing!

Q.  Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year.

Joining Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville; I am so thankful for my new “home” church.

Q.  Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.

I love how the psalms are filled with the idea and admonition to wait on the Lord.  Psalm 33:20-22 so clearly ties this waiting with joy and hope in the Lord.  I’m learning to live this daily.

Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.   For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.   Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. 


  1. Mmmmmmmm. I love Indiana Jones’ hat. One of the best movie hats ever.

    I only “met” Lord Peter Wimsey a couple of years ago, but I greatly enjoy the few stories about him I’ve read so far. They have such a unique flavor!

    • catsinboxes said,

      Thank you for commenting! If you like Lord Peter Wimsey, do you know Josephine Tey’s Allan Grant? He’s another great British detective. One of my favorite lines about Grant is that his two weaknesses were, “Coffee and coffee.”

      • I’ve never heard of him, but with weaknesses like that, he sounds like a kindred spirit 😉

        BTW, I’m also a fan of LOTR and Harry Potter and Jane Austen, and I am a midwestern girl who has been transplanted a few times, most recently to Virginia. Nice to “meet” you!

      • catsinboxes said,

        Thank you! Nice to “meet” you, too! And yay for a fellow Midwesterner AND Harry Potter fan 🙂 I’m not sure about you, but living in Kentucky has made me aware of the regional differences that set Midwesterners apart.

        For example, we are much more comfortable having a lively debate about something, while friends from the South are taken aback by our vehemence in said debate!

      • We lived in Connecticut for 3 years, and I really missed the Midwest then. My husband is also a Midwesterner, and we tend to refer to the Midwest as “where the sensible people live,” lol. Where we live in VA now, nearly everyone is from somewhere else, not native to here, so there’s not so much of a regional flavor here as there was in CT, or as in NC, where I spent my teen years.

      • catsinboxes said,

        Coming from the Midwest, I'm guessing you'll appreciate this!
        I’m guessing you’ll appreciate this, coming from the sensible Midwest! 🙂

      • Hee. Yes, that has a tendency to happen. Why must everyone buy bread, milk, water, and soap when there’s going to be a storm? What are they doing with all that soap?

  2. Heidi said,

    I loved your reference to Caroline Bingley and all your heroine selections — and P.G. Wodehouse! Quite entirely splendid. 🙂 Also, a beautiful verse selection!

    I really enjoyed your answers!

    • catsinboxes said,

      Thank you, Heidi! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I’ve had fun looking at your blog, and I LOVE your blog name!!!

  3. Heidi said,

    Why, thank you! 😉

    • catsinboxes said,

      You’re welcome! I just tried to comment on your blog, but I think I was unsuccessful. My darn phone doesn’t like commenting on Blogger! I was going to say, I love Rosemary Sutcliff, too!!

      • Heidi said,

        I did get your comment and thanks so much! (And I left one in return 😉 so do enjoy!)

  4. eloisej said,

    We have a lot of authors in common! I love finding fellow P.G. Wodehouse fans! 🙂

  5. Eowyn said,

    “She must possess a sense of humor and, if at all possible, she must like books!” – I couldn’t agree more with either statement! I know some people survive without both, but how they do so is a great mystery to me. 🙂

    I read one of Elizabeth Goudge’s stories and greatly enjoyed her style, but the next one I chose was both rather odd and irritating and I have never looked up another, so… which ones would you recommend? And which are your favorite Wodehouse’s? I have a thing for Bertie’s tales, however I also really enjoyed The Prince and Betty but then, is it possible not to enjoy a Wodehouse? 🙂

    I live a great deal further south than Wisconsin, but I did spend one week in summer at a cabin on a lake in the far north edge of the state, and oh was it glorious! Definitely one of my favorite summer memories so far. 🙂

    • catsinboxes said,

      Eowyn, thank you for commenting! I’m glad you appreciated my heroine description. It was fun putting it together, and like you, I can’t quite imagine going through life without a sense of humor and a love of books.

      Out of curiosity, which Elizabeth Goudge did you find odd and irritating? I know at least one of her books has struck me that way, and I, too, stopped reading it! I love Little White Horse, which is children’s fiction, and then, in regular fiction, I’ve really enjoyed Green Dolphin Street, City of Bells, and White Wings —a collection of short stories. The Scent of Water is very good, too.

      When it comes to Wodehouse, I am pretty indiscriminate; with a sense of humor, it is well nigh impossible to not find something to enjoy in his stories! I love Bertie Wooster, but I also love Blandings Castle. In the last year, I met Mr. Mulliner, who I greatly enjoy! Another recent favorite short story was Piccadilly Jim and the novella Quick Service.

      I’m so glad you got to experience a little of Wisconsin; we have some beautiful north woods! Cheers to your summer experience 🙂

      P.S. I just noticed on your blog that you and Heidi are sisters. Fun!!! So far, I’m the only blogger in my family, but I hope I eventually have blogging siblings, too!

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