MUM - 45-year old feminist
DAUGHTER 1 - 17-year old idealist
DAUGHTER 2 - 15-year old radical
Reading a novel, sitting in a comfortable chair next to the fireplace; it's a sunny warm afternoon in October in the south east London
- 'Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.'
- Oh, no! Not that thing again!
- Mum, do we have to listen to this again?
- Why not? It's a great novel. I like it. Many things happen, you can see that happy moments theory of mine across the pages.
- But she is so shallow! And silly! Like if all life was about were men! While it is clearly all about love!
- You agree with her? You? Mum?! You're always so independent, so strong. You really think it's all about men??? Seriously!
- No, I just get her point of view. She was not aware of other options, she thought this was the best could happen to a girl. Well-wed - perfect life, perfect solution.
- I would have written the whole thing totally different though.
- Really? Why don't you enlighten us then.
- Well, I would start with her marrying Rett, followed by their trip to Europe, which would result in her giving birth to a sweet daughter 1 year later, and an equally lovely son after another 2 years. In the meantime...