Coffee Klatch: Girl Power

Jan 31, 2013 by

In this week’s edition of Coffee Klatch, I’d thought I’d gather together some of my favorite women who have no problem being anything but themselves. Welcome Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) from 30 Rock, Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) from Aliens, Harriet Welsch from Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy, and Thursday Next from Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair.  As we all sit down at our tables with our drinks, a jogger walks in with his dog, who begins to sniff at a baby in a stroller right ahead of them.

Immediately, Ripley is in the dog’s face, snarling, “Get away from her, you bitch!” The baby’s mother appears more alarmed by Ripley than by the dog, who has started to whine and backs up against his owner.  Elizabeth Bennet rushes up and apologizes to the mother and ushers Ripley back to the table, stating how she admires how Ripley had the child’s protection in mind, but counseling, “Angry people are not always wise.” Still ohoto of Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice

As everyone is reseated, the conversation turns to children and pets. Thursday Next talks about how having a dog appears to be much easier than having a pet dodo; “I can’t take Pickwick anywhere in public,” she complains. Harriet and Liz Lemon, both Manhattanites, talk about how hard it would be to keep pets or children in the city. “Believe me, on my rounds, I’ve SEEN things,” Harriet says. “Being a kid in Manhattan is no picnic.” “Mmm, picnic…,” Liz responds, distracted by the mention of food.Harriet the Spy

Elizabeth mentions how jealous she is that everyone seems to have such glamorous jobs. Ripley nods, then reminds everyone how in space, no one can hear you when you’re in the midst of a chocolate craving. Everyone nods in support. Liz talks about the difficulties of being a boss when you have the mental maturity of a 14-year old, and Harriet talks about the dangers of being a spy, especially when your private journal is discovered. Thursday reminds Elizabeth that life in their literary world can be difficult to, even if you’re only managing the supporting characters in your book.The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

Everyone departs, having adopted “Blerg” as their new favorite word ever.