Henry and Eliza
Written by Cheryl
(7/1/2006 12:08 a.m.)
I thought this very odd. It almost had a round robin quality to it. Does anyone remember that old storytelling game (there was a scene in Little Women that played this game) where one person starts a story and then the next person takes over and goes in a completely different direction, as does the next and the next. It winds up being a funny jumble of scenes. Reading this felt a bit like that. There were short, disjointed, short episodes and situations, but some funny stuff - of course. My favorite bits:
The three-month old's "infantine tho' sprightly answers"
That Eliza is "so good as to choose your [the Dutchess's] Society in preference to going to Service."
After giving her children "strict Charge not to hurt themselves," flinging them out the window!
The fact that Eliza turns out to be not only the adopted daughter of the Harcourts, but the natural daughter as well - surprise! And that story Lady Harcourt gives to explain it all - what a "rational & convincing Account you have given of the whole affair," said Sir George"
What did you think of Henry and Eliza? Eliza wasn't a particularly nice person, was she…