dizzyweasel: Another book in The Austen Project, wherein popular contemporary authors take on Jane Austen's novels and "update" them for the modern world. Not as wonderful or as complex as the originals, but fun re-imaginings.
Luckily, Bella required little input from her companion when it came to conversation. She knew enough of the world to entertain both and Cat was sufficiently well brought up to provide the appropriate prompts.
No man would notice her outfit except when it revealed too much; no woman would be happy unless they could find something to criticise.
Anticipation is often the enemy of pleasure; our sights are set so high that disappointment is inevitable.
'It must be lovely inside your head, always attributing your good-hearted motives to everybody else.'
'You're like a terrier,' Henry said. 'You don't let go of a subject till you've shaken every last drop of significance from it.'
Henry's smile had the uncertainty of a man who is not sure whether he's tweaking the tail of a cat or a tiger.
Deciding this was quite the maddest conversation she'd ever had, Cat thought it wisest to humour him.
And what would a vampire do to a wife he no longer loved? Would a disease of the blood be the perfect cover?
For a moment, she thought her heart would explode in an incendiary mix of shock and delight.
The moral or message of this story is hard to discern. And that is as it should be, for as Catherine Morland found out to her cost, it is not the function of fiction to offer lessons in life.