After thebig confrontation between Emily and Eva that I posted a couple days ago regarding Emily’s report, I thought it’d be fun to have the two in for an interview to discuss their thoughts about it. 😀 (This is why being an author is fun; the characters have a way of developing their own personalities as the story progresses. I have no control over how they evolve. Sounds weird, I know, but I just have to let them guide the story along.)
So anyway, here’s the interview!
For some reason, Eva wants to be up first. I know it makes the most sense to have Emily go first since she’s the main character of the book, but then Eva’s point of view seemed to be the one to go with first so I’ll start with her.
Eva: How can I be? I hate confrontation, and I knew with a person like Emily, it wasn’t going to be pleasant.
Ruth: A person like Emily? Could you elaborate on that?
Eva: Emily’s never been the type to adhere to what’s expected of her in society. I mean, she dresses up as a man in order to go hunting with Isaac, Wiley and Clayton. What kind of respectable woman does that? Never mind that she’s lying about being a man so they won’t know her true identity. The real scandal is that she’s alone in a wooded area with three men! I’d die of shame if that were me.
Ruth: Granted, in the 1890s, this behavior wouldn’t be appropriate.
Eva: It shouldn’t be appropriate in any time period!
Ruth: Well, be that as it may, this issue isn’t why you and Emily got into a fight. The actual fight had to do with an assignment you gave Emily to write her thoughts on a book she read.
Eva: Yes. The school board wanted me to demonstrate that Emily is learning while under my guidance, and they gave me a list of things they’re looking for in her report. While I agree she understood the moral implication of the book she chose, I can’t bring them a report on a book that contained so much violence. They’d assume I’m not doing my part to encourage Emily to become a proper young woman. She completely missed the point in why I told her I couldn’t accept the report.
Eva: Which is why you indulge yourself in dime novels. *rolls eyes*
Emily: Dime novels are fun to read. Not all reading has to be for learning. It wouldn’t hurt you to have fun once in awhile.
Eva: I have plenty of fun.
Emily: Looking at paintings and trying to decipher what the artists was thinking is not fun.
Eva: It most certainly is. Art is highly subjective. Two people can look at the same thing and have two different interpretations of it.
Emily: Which is boring. I seriously don’t think Ruth can write a romance featuring you. Why, I can see how the book would go. Eva was looking at paintings. The hero, whoever that poor guy turns out to be, happened to say he saw the artist’s anguish in the painting, and the two bored each other to sleep. The end.
Eva: Why can’t you just be glad you got Isaac?
Emily: I am glad I got him. Even you can’t bring my mood down. We’ll be eloping soon.
Eva: Then I should send him my condolences. I can only imagine all the improper behaviors you’ll be teaching your children.
Emily: What? Like that they should think for themselves instead of letting their teacher tell them what they believe?
Eva: You see how difficult she is to work with, Ruth? I don’t know why you paired Isaac up with her.
Ruth: Don’t worry, Eva. I will write your story, and the man you’ll end up with will be a much better match for you than Isaac is.
Emily: Are you saying that Isaac isn’t the best hero you created?
Ruth: I’m saying that he isn’t the right hero for Eva. He’s the perfect one for you. It’s all about matching up the right personalities together.
Emily: Okay. I guess that sounds logical.
Eva: See what I mean about Emily being difficult to work with? I hope she doesn’t show up when you do my book. Having gone through this one with her is enough grief to last me a lifetime.
Emily: Eva, I’d tell you where to stuff it, but for the sake of the people reading this, I won’t.
Eva: You know some colorful cuss words, do you?
Emily: I spent a lot of time around the farm hands while growing up.
Eva: The more I learn about you, the less I want to know. Is this interview over yet?
Emily: Yes. Is it, Ruth? You have some extra minutes tonight and you finished all your word counts. That means you can work on the scene where Isaac convinces me to elope with him.
Eva: *rolls eyes* Convince you? I’d be shocked if you didn’t drag him to the preacher.
Emily: You know, Eva, I can act like a woman, contrary to what you think. Just because I go against the norm in some things, it doesn’t mean I sacrificed my feminine side. It just means I’m an independent thinker.
Eva: You’re rebellious.
Emily: That’s what the British thought about the colonists before they lost the American Revolutionary War. See? I did learn something in school.
Eva: Too bad you didn’t do a report on George Washington or Thomas Jefferson.
Emily: Few things are more boring than biographies. You would’ve loved to have killed me through boredom, wouldn’t you?
Eva: I need another Aspirin.
Ruth: Well, I think we’ll end the interview on that note.
Eva: Thank goodness. Please never bring me back to talk to Emily.
Emily: I agree. She’s hogging up my space with her whining. Next time feature me and Isaac!
Ruth: Next time I do an interview, I might be interviewing the parents. I can only imagine how it would be if I put Neil Craftsman and Dave Larson into the same interview. *rubs hands together in anticipation*