Character: Becky Sharp
Book: Vanity Fair
Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
26 writer: Vanwy MacDonald-Arif
Orphan Becky Sharp’s last day at Miss Pinkerton’s Academy for Young Ladies, has arrived. Chiswick Mall’s loss is the world’s gain. Becky is determined to succeed.
Inside I’m, ‘Breathe. Conceal emotions. Let
no-one in.’ Outside I’m all, ‘Granite-Girl.
Harder than the hardest rock, sharper than
machetes, inflictor of afflictions.’
How I wanted that dictionary: the
substance, the scent, the serenity of
cool pages. The words. Offered covertly,
furtively fumbled, it became tainted.
So out the window it tumbled. I mocked
shocked, censorious gazes, ‘n’importe quoi.’
My heart bled.