Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Top Ten Tuesday
1. The Dark Lady of Shakespeare's sonnets with eyes that are nothing like the sun, and her breath that "reeks."
2. Lady Glencora Palliser from Anthony Trollope's Palliser series.
3. Madame Max Goesler, the independently wealthy, still young and attractive widow, also from the Palliser series.
4. Alice Vavasor of Can You Forgive Her?, also by Trollope.
5. All of the women of Paradise by Toni Morrison.
6. Dorothea Brooke of George Eliot's Middlemarch.
7. Ma Joad from The Grapes of Wrath. She held the family together. Honorary mention for Rose of Sharon.
8. That wacky, hypocrite and know-it-all Grandma from A Good Man is Hard to Find, because as the Misfit says, she would have been a good woman if there had been someone there to shoot her every day of her life. She is positively and absolutely redeemed at the end of Flannery O'Connor's story.
9. Mary Barton from the eponymous novel by Elizabeth Gaskell.
10. My original heroine, Nancy Drew.