While she isn’t one of the Bennet sisters, Charlotte is one of the Phi Alpha Pi sisters. Her motivations in the original are directly tied to her time in history. I always saw her as looking for freedom, but freedom to be able to play the role society had defined for her. My Charlotte is looking for freedom too, but freedom away from the roll society has defined for her. She is ambitious, creative, and calculating, but not using her talents for evil. Here are five things you won’t know about Charlotte from reading Phi Alpha Pi.
- Her favorite movie is the Princess Bride, just like Jane. She likes the Buttercup in the movie more than the book because she is bold and a realist. Charlotte likes to think of herself as similar (but very different). She and Jane bonded over the movie as freshmen.
- Her family didn’t have a lot of money growing up, so she watched a lot of PBS because it didn’t require a big cable bill and had family friendly programs. Her favorite show was Joy of Painting. Bob Ross was Charlotte’s first art teacher. She has painted her fair share of happy little trees and clouds. Even now, she can just sit and watch him paint for hours.
- Growing up without a lot of money meant that she didn’t really get to experience food the way Lizbeth did. Lizbeth, the child of a chef, taught Charlotte how to cook and then Charlotte ran with it. She is very inventive with food, but her favorite thing to eat is ramen. Not the $1 for 5 packs at the grocery store ramen. She likes fresh noodles, fermented eggs, pork bellies, and all that good stuff.
- Her favorite artist is Mary Cassatt.
- This may seem like a spoiler, but I don’t think it will be for anyone who has read the original Pride and Prejudice. Charlotte’s marriage to Colin isn’t going to last. This marriage was all about getting her into the right circles. She probably never expected it to last. When you get to know Colin, you will understand why…