Second line and the emotions are already exploding out of Rose. Oh ze dramatics of the time, I love it. Especially if it involves a harpy upon Malfoy's head (so much more vicious than 'a pox on your house').
Heee, no matter the time period, there is much chair-sinking abound. I can just imagine all these top hats and ladies who can't crouch down because of their corsets trying to duck behind sofas and pillars -- and dearie, here comes the cousin crowd. Weasleys, arriving en masse, always.
THE DRAMATIC GLOVE TOSS. Omg I don't know if you intended for that to be funny, but that was KIND OF HILARIOUS IN MY MIND. Like I have this image of really calm Scorpius and then Albus slowly kettle-whistling and plucking a finger of his glove - and struggling a bit, mind you - and then finally throwing it down in low motion and then the crowd gasps and faints. God, I love this era's dramatics, I really do.
Ooh, but oh dear, I love the politics you've woven in, and the roots in history. I haven't been in a humanities class for ages now, unfortunately :P I'd believe yours actually happened somewhere in France. You know how to paint a quiet tragedy so well - The witch once known as Hermione Granger, that heroine of the Revolution, was long lost in the dungeons beneath the Château de Malfois. And then the bits about Ron and Draco (ooh and this, Her hands were stained in ink, her ears ringing with tales of bloodshed and betrayal, the terrible guillotine rising before her eyes.) I love your exploding history, so there.
And just a general GUH over all your description, you've outdone yourself this chapter, Susan. It was so rich and well, historical, for the lack of a better term. I never really know how to paint backstories, and I think this chapter is a wonderful example of how. The past is quite important in P&P, so even better. But yesh, generaly GUHing and now I just want to metaphor everything.
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Author's Response: Gina!!! It was very exciting to see a new review from you. I swear you read my mind when it comes to what I was thinking when writing this chapter. Melodrama was the keyword of the writing process, and in Regency romance, how much more melodrama can you get than the throwing down of a gentleman's glove? Austen was too refined to do it, but HOW COULD I RESIST? I'm certainly not refined. :P And anyway, this is a sort of parody, so bring it on!
I have to admit that I'm a bit worried that I've gotten too much into the genre and am making this story /too/ cliched. There's a chance that I love melodrama and other sorts of dramatics a bit too much. Just a bit. :P I imagined Albus standing there, red in the face, green eyes blazing (just like his grandmother's would, of course), pulling off his elegant gloves, one finger at a time, then he raises it and throws it down with more than necessary force. You know, there's more than a bit of a thing going on between Scorpius and Albus - they've got more of a hate-hate relationship than Rose and Scorpius at this point. Oh dear. XD
I'm really glad that you liked that part with the history. It was in such contrast with the first half of the chapter that I worried it was suddenly too dark - too much of a change from the parody. It's more of how Rose sees the world, using the words that she would use once she got to writing her history of the Great Wizarding War. The first part of this chapter shows many of the worst aspects of her society, and with the second half of the chapter, readers can see how much waste has already occurred so soon afterwards. Society has a very short memory, and it hurts Rose to see that. Society paints her as "different" because it sees her observant and judging eye as threatening, not to mention her knowledge of the very history Society would much rather pretend never happened.
Thank you so much for that compliment, and for the whole review! You've made me feel incredibly better about this chapter, and I can't think you enough for that. I'm having more fun with this story than I ever expected, and it means a lot to hear from readers that they're having fun with it too. ^_^