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March Madness – Supreme Council of Baddies — 32 Comments

  1. Oh what a joy this was to read over my breakfast this morning! Thank you Shannon.

    I just have a question for you. Had Frank Churchill and William Elliot been banished from the council already?

    • You’re right. Mr Elliot should have been there. I don’t really think of Frank Churchill as a villain, though. I guess we can count them both as two of the “minor players” I mentioned in the first paragraph, with no speaking parts. Or, as you suggest, perhaps they had already been banished! Haha! Glad you enjoyed the piece, Anji!

  2. This was so funny! The disorder and challenging Lady Catherine. I second zanji’s statement of missing Mr. Elliot and will add his eldest daughter should have been there too. Brava, dear lady. Very well written. What a great start to my day.

    • Glad I could be a part of your day, Deborah! Sounds like I’ll have to write an expanded version of this story to include a longer list of baddies. This was fun to write, so I may just do that if I put together a short story collection like I plan.

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Jack. As I told Deborah above, I might just write an expanded version someday so that I can include anybody I didn’t have room for this time. I’ll be sure to put Lady Susan on my list!

  3. Expanded version please! What a fun installment to end March Madness. The characters were spot on which is something that I always enjoy yet the twist made the reader want more.

  4. I do not think that Lucy would want to be called by anything but her married name. And what about her husband, Robert Ferrars? Do we blame the woman and not the man? I doubt that Jane Austen would appreciate it. And one wants female villains, lets not forget Robert’s mother and sister.

    • Hi, Janelle. I probably wasn’t clear about the fact that this meeting takes place BEFORE these characters’ stories unfold, when they first receive their assigned roles for how to foul things up (of course we know they don’t succeed!). So Lucy Steele is still Lucy Steele. Not sure what you mean by blaming the woman, though. And, yes, there are more villains than I had room to mention in this short piece. By popular demand, I will have to write a longer short story! 🙂

      • I think Robert Ferrars is a vain, narcicistic opportunitist, who can be lead around by the nose by anyone who chooses to do. Lucy Steele offered him the only thing his mother and sister couldn’t bestow on him and it worked. Jane Austen has a keen sense of power in relationships. I feel she would not call a wife a villain without including the husband. Like calls to like. Robert Ferrars married his mother and sister in Lucy Steele.Look, I am coming accross as critical. I am sorry. But i do advice you to include Robert Ferrars by name in your extended version, and not just his wife. That would make it less easy for her to sneak off with Henry Crawford, I know, but they can both still be themselves.

        • I consider this just a bit of fluff, but I am very aware in my more serious work of being true to Austen’s characters and tone. Thanks for your comments, Janelle!

  5. The best part was Henry and Lucy sneaking out…LOL!! Thanks for the fun and laughs this morning–much needed before I teach classes on the MLA research paper…. 😉

    Warmly,
    Susanne 🙂

    • I’m pleased I could start your day off with a laugh, Susanne! BTW, I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately, every time I type the name “Barrett” in my work-in-progress. 😉

    • Hi, Gwyn. I didn’t understand your reference (Thursday Next), so I had to look it up. Now I’m intrigued! Sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the tip. 😀

      • Thursday Next makes me laugh outloud. An AU critiquing all things British written by a crazy Welshman. What could be better?! If you like Douglas Adams’ “Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” you might like Jasper Fforde.

        • Yes! I’m sure I will. I have 2 of the books on order at the library already and I’m excited to see what they’re all about, especially since what I wrote reminded you of them. I wonder if I’ll be able to recognize what you meant by that?

  6. Enjoyed this very much. Too bad when arguments rose in the “baddies meeting,” they didn’t all shoot each other! No more baddies! Yeah!!!

    • Haha! Yes, but then what kind of stories would we have? More peaceful but less interesting. Thanks for commenting, Carol, and I’m glad you enjoyed the piece!

  7. Oh, this is clever! Just what we expect from you, of course! I love the idea of them “organizing” like this – must be where the Mafia got the idea, right? Great pick-me-up!

    • Organized crime? Oh, my, Julie! I didn’t mean to take it that far. Although, from the way they behaved, this group is more like DIS-organized crime. Figured that’s part of the reason they all failed their sabotage missions in the end. As we know, true love and happy endings win out in all JA’s novels. 😀

  8. What a lovely bunch of people!!! (not) It’s a pity they didn’t seem to be served refreshments as they could all have been poisoned in one go and at least have had the discomfort of that as punishment for such evil machinations 😊

  9. Hi, Glynis. You and Carol above are thinking along the same lines. I have killed off a couple of these baddies in my books but hadn’t thought of taking them all out at once! I have a strict 2-body limit per book. Apparently you feel no such restraints. Haha!

  10. This Mr. Collins instant brought me in mind of Renfield in “Love at First Bite”, which made it even more funny for me. Stooped over, rubbing his hands together, and looking lovingly at the boss…until a tasty fly comes into vision. :). Thanks for the funny again today.

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