One of the things we could do was a Period Drama Advice Column, similar to the Jane Austen one I did here (to wet your interest...it's John Brooke asking, responded to by Mr. Collins and Lydia Wickham :). Read all about this "assignment" here. Oh, and stop by here to play an awesome trivia game! I enjoyed it, and I think you will too. :) Anyway, here we go on the Period Drama Advice Column!
Dear Period Drama Advice Column,
Oh, I am crying a vale of tears! How am I to survive? It was like this, you see. I, not so very long ago, borrowed Marilla's brooch. Marilla is sometimes hard to be friends with, and she's almost like a mother. And the brooch! Oh my dear reader, it was beautiful! Marilla says it's amethyst and worth a great deal. Purple and sparkling and so beautiful. I did nothing with it but hold it up to myself, just to see how it would look. It was simply dazzling. Then I laid it back, as I though, on Marilla's dresser. Unfortunately, when she next went to look for it, she could not find it, and knew it was my fault. There was a picnic at the end of the week, and oh, what a beautiful picnic it was to have been! Ice cream, which I have never tasted!! But now, Marilla has locked me in my room, and I am not to be allowed to go! I have wept, and tried to explain why I must go (for when else is a girl to taste ice-cream?) but she is certain I may not go. What am I to do? Have you an idea of how I might convince Marilla that I did not harm her brooch, and that I absolutely must go? Please help me before I die of grief!
With much hope,
~Cordelia (except everybody calls me Anne, with an "e"...Marilla says Cordelia is a terrible name, but I have always wished to be called that)
You must go to Marilla with solemnity and explain it all to her. You know that truthfulness is always the best way, and it most certainly is in this instance. Tell her that you put it back, and help her search for it. But if you are still not allowed to go to the picnic, know that I think it entirely your own fault. Had you not played with what was not yours, this sorrow would not now happen. Ice cream is frivolous, and not to be endured. All great writers have written that being truthful is a great virtue. Go now, and explain to Marilla.
Miss Mary Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
I do not know what to say! It is obviously most important that you go to the picnic. I love having picnics with each of my friends! And ice-cream is an essential. Perhaps you may tell Marilla a made-up story so that she will let you out? Only make sure you make it seem real to her. Do write and tell me what you do!
Before I go, I must ask, have you a nice nose? Mine is dreadful and flat. Quite the bane of my life. It is a great disappointment to me.
Hoping you get ice-cream,
Miss Amy March (isn't that elegant?) (Little Women)