Here’s another Liberty for Paul character interview. This time featuring her parents, one of my favorite couples, John and Carolina Banks (John and Carolina get their own chance to squirm as propriety flies out the window in their own story, His Yankee Bride).
Good morning, as you know, I’ve been dragging the characters from Liberty for Paul out from under the cobwebs of my mind and conducting interviews with them this week to give an insider’s look at the relationship between Paul and Liberty and what to expect in their story. Today I am speaking with John and Carolina Banks, Liberty’s parents. What can you tell me about said relationship, Mrs. Banks?
CB: Not much, I’m afraid. The two seem to despise each other to no end and never really speak to one another.
Yes, I gathered that. Mr. Banks, do you have anything to add?
JB: No. I think Carolina said it best. For some reason the two have been at odds since just after I first introduced them.
I see. Mrs. Banks, I assume you were there, too, do you think something happen at that first introduction that caused the friction?
CB: It’s possible.
CB: Well, he might have inadvertently crossed a line as far as Liberty is concerned.
JB: It’s probably best we don’t go into all that. I love my daughter and would do anything to protect her from scorn, so since talking about such a topic may not be in her best interest, I think it best we speak about something else.
I find it rather curious you say you’d do anything to protect Liberty. Just how far would you go?
JB: As far as I have to. But hopefully she’ll continue to stay on her best behavior and I’ll not be forced to behave inappropriately.
Her best behavior, eh? And what of Mr. Grimes and his behavior?
CB: Pish posh. Paul is a very fine gentleman. Besides Liberty’s imagined impropriety about the man, he is a perfectly respectable man. I complete faith in him.
Let’s have a moment of honesty, have either of you ever thought you’d like to see him as your son-in-law?
JB: Unfortunately, that won’t be happening. Madison has a very strong aversion to marriage in general that matches Liberty’s aversion to Paul.
And if by some chance he did become your son-in-law?
CB: Then we’d be attending a funeral a short time later.
JB: The only question is: whose?
All right. Let’s say for some unseen reason the two do decide to marry, urp hold your objections, this is all hypothetical. Now, say they decide to marry, I’d assume Mrs. Banks, as her mother, you’d help her plan an extravagant wedding.
CB: Of course I would! It’s the mother’s duty to guide her daughter on her most important day.
And what of the very important wedding night? Will you be “guiding” her about that, too?
CB: I—I—I sup—suppose so, yes.
Would you care to give us a quick rundown of that speech?
CB: Absolutely not. That is a private conversation had between a young girl and her mother!
Forgive me. I didn’t mean to pry. I was just making sure she was going to be properly informed.
CB: She will be. Not that it’s any of your business.
Good to know. It would be absolutely terrible if she lacked the knowledge on such a sub—
CB: She’ll be informed. Now can we change the subject, please?
Of course. Would you like me to open a window, your face looks awfully red?
CB: Just finish your questions so we can go back to the Regency where we belong.
Right. Well, actually I think I’m out of questions and nearly out of time. But before we go, Mr. Banks, can you please tell us how you’d handle things if an article were to appear in the newspaper suggesting Liberty tried to seduce Mr. Grimes?
Hypothetically speaking, of course.
JB: I don’t know what I’d do after I scraped myself up off the floor in shock. Fall back down again, perhaps.
Very good, then. That’s all we have time for today. Join us tomorrow when we talk to Elizabeth Black, the dowager Countess of Townson. Until then, you can find out how Mr. Banks responds if such an article were to appear (hypothetically, of course) or if Liberty is properly informed of what to expect by clicking here. Until then, good day.