RITA! RITA! Hi :) I literally pounced on this as soon as I saw. And usually when one of my favorites gets updated, I tend to wait until I can sit back and relax with some cocoa (or in this case, Squirt) and read - but I just had to eat this up. I should be writing my 9/11 memoir but I just NEED to review this wonderful chapter.
And I want MORE! I love it! *hugs*
I still can't get over how BEAUTIFUL and classic your writing is. If it weren't for the Harry Potter bits, which, by the way - did I mention in my last review that I LOVED how subtlety you intertwined both the Muggle and the wizarding world? Well, I do :). But as I was saying before, if it weren't for the Harry Potter parts (and I'm just doing it because I don't know if JKR even allows Harry Potter-esque stuff to be published), I swear, you could get this published. Honest to goodness.
I loved all the insights to the characters. I felt like I could see just a smudge of Scarlett O'Hara in Marie-Cecile, which I adored. And I ADORED that I think I saw maybe a hint of the wonderful Mr. Knightley in Luc. When he's saying he's not a marrying man, that's what I immediately thought of xD I'm an English nerd! I'm sort of really hoping Luc and Elise end up together =D
And the history! Go Rita for incorporating French and English history! It made your fanfiction more authentic. But, I just have to point out, as a history geek, that England wasn't ruled by a Queen I think :(. It was either King George III or George IV, depending on your time period. Victoria was the next female ruler a few decades later, I believe, after the whole nasty situation with her family. I just thought I should point it out :)
And I'd also still watch out for your conventions too, my dear ^_^ just because only here and there I came across a 'he' when it should have been 'she' or 'off' instead of 'of'.
Your descriptions and spot on dialogue were amazing. I really liked the way you laced the fact that Elise is overwhelmed throughout her section. I could picture everything going on like if it was like a movie like 'Bright Star' or 'Gigi' even without the song and dance. And all the characters had very distinct voices in my head for me, even poor Guy de Rozette (whom I se being like Mr. Elton in the 2009 Emma.)
But really, this chapter was so close to perfection. It's been such a treat for me to read! Thank you for writing this you prodigious author! =D
Author's Response: Kristen! Sorry for the late reply! Better late than never XD Thanks so much for being a tiger and pouncing on this as quickly as you did! Your review immediately put a smile on my face when I read it and I have since been struggling for the right words to respond it with >.< Unfortunately, I fail at responses so let's hope for the best and here goes!
Aw! Thank you loff! You're an angel for saying that! Like I told Rachel I've been re-reading Northanger Abbey (partly because of you) while writing this fic in the hopes that Jane Austen's awesomeness will rub off on me. I'm still hoping and my fingers are still crossed for that one! I love the language I'm picking up and I feel really happy writing in it :) I don't know why I didn't write in this period sooner!
Marie-Cecile as Scarlett! That is perhaps the biggest compliment you can give her! Honestly I love her character. She is just a scheming little firecracker and it's fun to enter her mindset. How she is the epitome of a gray area and how she thinks the world should be gray too! LOL! I think of Luc as a Henry Crawford...if Henry Crawford had redeeming qualities to him :) But in that sense, yes! Luc is definitely not a marrying man and it remains to be seen if his mother will force him to marry someone, he'll fall in love all on his own or he'll stay true to his word and seriously end up the grand bachelor in this whole scheme. I have actually thought of these three senarios for him and still don't know which one is the proper fit! Time will tell I guess!
OMG! As soon as I saw that Queen typo I edited it straight away! You are definitely right hun! It was ruled in a regency at that time as the Mad King George III was...well for lack of a better word...mad and his brother The Prince Regent (who would later be known as George IV) was ruling the empire. Thank you kindly for spotting that!
I swear I shall get a beta soon! The fine details and typos always escape me when editing!
I think everyone in the story tends to forget that Elise is little more than a teenager who skipped the whole interlude of being a girl and falling in love. Because of the revolution, she had to grow up quicker for the sake of her family and when that role ended, she had to be the sophisticated woman who was above girlish fits. Now for the first time, she's actually presented with the situation that most young women of the period find when they are fifteen or younger. Being admired by men, flirting etc. And it doesn't take much to overwhelm the girl who thought she had already grown up beyond what she'd actually missed out on :)
As for Guy de Rozette, I am holding my tongue on this one coz I haven't exactly decided whether or not he'll be a guest appearance or a series regular so to speak :)
Again, thanks so much for the awesome review! Happy you liked it and thank you for being the first to review the new chapter!