A. Fie upon this quiet life. I want work!
A. That’s a sick, sick question.
A. How can you ask a historical novelist that question and expect her to come back with just one character? I’d want to meet everyone I’ve ever put into one of my novels, from William Shakespeare and the boy apprentices to Meir of Rothenberg to King Nebuchadnezzar and the prophet Ezekiel. What would I say to them? “Did this really happen the way I imagined it?”
A. Singing! In tune!
A. Shirley Keeldar, Charlotte Bronte's little known heroine, in her novel Shirley. Charlotte explained that her model was her sister, Emily - but that Shirley was what Emily might have become, had she had wealth and privilege.