INTRODUCING….Character Elizabeth Anne Webster, DANCES IN MOONLIGHT by CHARLENE RADDON.
1. What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
Elizabeth Anne Webster. Call me Beth.
2. Who is your best friend? What kinds of things do you do when you’re together?
Francine Gibbs is my best friend. We like to read books about other peoples and lands, like The Last of the Mohicans. Love that book. At the Runyon’s Finishing School for Refined Young Ladies where we went to school, no one wanted to be friends with a girl me who has the Devil’s kiss on her cheek, or a girl like Francine, who is illegitimate.
3. If you have a family, how do you get along with them? If you don’t, are there people in your life that you consider family? How do you get along with them?
The only family I have is my parents. Father is a Brevet-Major in the Army. He commands the Fifth Infantry at Camp Floyd in Utah Territory and detests Indians. Mother hates living on Army bases so she lived in Boston until recently when she died. Her inheritance from her grandmother allowed her to live in high society. I hadn’t seen her since she sent me to school when I was twelve, four years ago. She never paid much attention to me. Father can’t stand to look at me because of my birthmark. I barely know him.
4. Do you have a birthmark? Scars? Where is it/are they? How did you get it/them?
Yes, my birthmark is like a lip imprint only a little faded on one side. It’s high on my left cheek. I hate it, but there’s nothing I can do about it. Francine says people who care about me won’t even notice. So far, that only includes her and Sparrow Hawk.
5. When you’re angry, what do you do? Where do you go? How do you deal with your anger?
When I’m angry, I do something rebellious. I guess I don’t deal well with my anger. Miss Runyon, the headmistress at school, said I was incorrigible and too impetuous for my own good.
6. If you had to make me a meal right now, without going to the store, what would you find in your refrigerator to feed us?
What is a refrigerator?
7. What’s the one thing you’re afraid of losing?
Francine. She keeps me sane.
8. What makes you laugh out loud?
Getting the best of snooty people who think they’re better than Francine and me. People like Miss Hightower, my chaperone.
9. Has anyone broken your heart? Who was s/he?
I guess you could say Mother broke my heart, and Father as well, because they could not love me.
10. What’s the one thing you want out of life that you don’t think you can have? Why can’t you have it?
Love. I’m afraid no one will ever love me because my birthmark makes me ugly and some people think I’ve been marked by the Devil.
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