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One of the things I love to do from time to time is do an interview with some of my characters to get a feel for their take on their stories–what would they do? Why did they do this? Why did someone else do that? It’ a fun way to really get to know a character. And, since I plan to make Essie a bit more prominent in the next Meddlin’ Madeline book, I started thinking about this interview. You know, for the future. But Essie has a mind of her own and wanted to talk NOW. So here we are.
Essie Chandler, folks!
Me: Hi there, Essie! So happy to have you today.
Me: So, you got to meet the almost infamous Madeline Brown.
Me: *blinks* Now don’t talk my ear off….
Essie: I won’t.
Me: Some might say you and Miss Brown were a lot alike. What do you say to that?
Essie: I don’t think so.
Me: Why not? What’s different about you?
Essie: She’s smart. And older. And she has to be all proper. I can just be a kid. Yeah. We’re different.
Me: Do you think she would have been like you as a little girl if she could have been?
Essie: Probably– if her a’nt would let her.
Me: Have you met Mrs. Farnsworth?
Essie: No, but Jimmy says she’s the real meddler in that family.
Me: Jimmy might have a point there. Um… Did you have fun rowing on the pond?
Essie: *looks around* Not really–not until me and Jimmy toppled the boat. Miss Madeline’s hair looked all funny half up and half hanging down.
Me: Do you think she’ll send you on more errands?
Essie: Maybe–if Ma says I can.
Me: Do you think she’ll have more adventures?
Me: *takes deep breath* Well, what makes you say that?
Essie: That snake Smythe. He’s still here, ain’t he?
Me: Point taken. What about Miss Merton. Do you think Mr. Smythe will get back in her good graces?
Me: Just give us your best guess.
Essie: Haven’t met her. But I hear she ain’t too bright. Prob’bly.
Me: Essie, are you nervous?
Essie: Wouldn’t you be? That thing is recording me without anyone touching it.
Me: Oh, my tablet–it’s just…
Essie: I gotta go. Ma needs me for… something. Bye.
Well, there you have it. Essie’s gotta go. For something. She’s not confident on Edith’s ability to withstand Vernon’s *ahem* charms, she’s fond of Madeline with her hair half-up and down, and she might be helping out with errands in the future. Let’s hope “Ma” says it’s okay, shall we?