Four of Jane Austen’s beloved heroines (from “Pride & Prejudice,” “Emma,” and “Sense and Sensibility”) are friends in modern times, and find that their friendship helps them in their interconnected lives and struggles with love, family and work.Lizzie, Emma, Elinor and Marianne, Elinore’s sister, are great friends who confide in each other about many topics.And yet there I sat through 44 agonizing minutes watching her eat lunch. I wouldn’t even order a cup of tea in case it took too long to cool and drink. Did I lose the opportunity to meet plenty of women this way? Why no phoning, no emailing, just a brief, initial face to face? Lots of women are going to sound fantastic on the telephone. That first ten minute meeting turned out to be five because we couldn’t find each other at the café. But on our single preliminary phone call I explained to her why I had that rule. And to this day she laughs herself silly telling people of my first time meeting rules and how we only met for five minutes.If the frozen smile on my face fell off it would’ve cracked the table in two.♦◊♦That’s when I finally got sensible. Lots of women are going to be clever and funny as hell on email. I also made damn sure I had an unbreakable appointment right afterward. As it turned out, I never did find a long-term mate from these three searches. Dealing with the weirdness, the uncertainty, the fear of rejection, all helped grow me as a man. I was about half way through one date when my date literally ran away from me. After I got over the shock of her running for the bus I laughed myself silly. I used to schedule dates for a whole evening with women I hadn’t even met.All I could make out as she was running down the street was “Oh, there’s my bus! Experiences with the rapid transit lover quickly showed me how stupid that was. Then I would meet women just for coffee or an informal meal. That day I sat through the lunch from hell with one woman from Neptune. And in ten minutes max you can answer the only question that really matters: do I want to see her again or not? Think of all the time you’ve saved, the agony avoided. If you call her the next day, and the next and the next, and she never returns your calls because she doesn’t want to see you again, ever, well, again, think of all the time you’ve saved.The Stark armies besieged the Dreadfort for two years before the Boltons capitulated to King Harlon Stark and dipped their banners once more.For many centuries the Boltons have remained loyal to the Starks, although rumors persist that they continue to flay their prisoners in secret and maintain a hidden chamber in the Dreadfort to display the skins of their enemies.
I was happy to announce to myself and the world that I was done grieving. I was open for business, ready to love and be loved again. I think I was done in her eyes after I tried to get her to split the dinner bill.
House Bolton of the Dreadfort is a noble house from the Dreadfort in the north.
They are an old line descended from the First Men and dating back to the Age of Heroes.
Darcy is looking for a new house with Lizzie’s help, but also works at the same firm as Emma, plus there are sisters Elinor and Marianne who share an apartment and have normal sibling disagreements.
This is an interesting look at friendship and how the friends’ lives intertwine throughout many situations.
The Boltons are said to have flayed the skins of several Stark lords and hung them in the Dreadfort.