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(Photo of a jadeite belt buckle, Qing Dynasty. Image and caption from Sotheby’s.)
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- When Mr Dick is upset, David describes himself mirroring Dick’s facial expression to show emotional sympathy. That feels performatively femme to me.
- Through small actions, Mr Dick brings the Strongs together and enables the couple to fix their marriage. Betsey’s like ‘I fucking said he was a genius, I knew all along, bitch what?’ [gif]
- Annie: ok truth time has anybody heard some shit about me?
David: …girl ok I heard some shit
- Omfg Betsey, people can hear you??
- Betsey and Dick, awesome friendssss—
- For like 2 days Rosa has had a servant waiting along the route David walks to make him come talk to her. She’s all ‘DID YOU KNOW EMILY LEFT STEERFORTH?!’ Davids like, ‘no, I have a life.’
- Rosa starts in again on the ‘I WISH SHE WAS DEADDD’ shit. David’s like ‘gosh you’re being so thoughtful about her emotional state and freedom from sadness or hardship Rosa, you’ve really grown!’ Rosa can’t believe she entered a Waspish Bitch contest and lost.
- ‘Once again I’d like to clarify that if not a sub I am, at the very least, a switch—’
- Rosa was never going to win the DC dating sim, but it’d be a huge mistake to assume she was not a genuine contender.
- THE SCOOP: After three or four years, Steerforth got bored of Emily sometimes being sad that he doesn’t respect her enough to marry her, and that she has to live abroad in shame sundered from her family and former life. She’s so boring when she’s sad, and her sadness could almost be seen as a criticism of him! Perfect James!!
- Steerforth left her with no warning, and had his older man servant tell her he’ wasn’t coming back. He’d also instructed this manservant to offer to marry her to Make Good. Emily was thus extremely suicidal about her life decisions. Rosa is prepared to drink this tea by the gallon.
- ‘I’m not gonna for real-real marry you, but don’t tell randoms you used to be poor, oh my GOD!’ What a prince.
- ‘Wow, hey, I’m hearing you, but get all the way fucked.’
- Meanwhile, Daniel Peggotty lovingly polishes his ‘World’s Best Dad’ mug.
- You: It wasn’t a nice area.
- Remember Martha, the ruined chick who Peggotty and Emily gave money to get to London to 300 pages ago? Well she’s back, and hella depressed! David thinks that if Emily returns to London, Martha may hear about it. Martha remembers Emily as a coworker and good friend, who was kind to her even after her ostracisation, and says she’ll do everything she can to reunite Emily with her family.
- People in despair in Dickens always want some kind of external purpose, some task they feel is worth doing and good in and of itself, the performance of which makes them feel their own strength. I think this may relate to Dickens’ own experience of what we might now call depression.
- After seeing the weird old drunk from many chapters ago hassling Betsey for money again, David’s finally like ‘right, don’t bullshit me this time, who is this guy?’ Betsey’s like, ‘when I said my ex-husband was dead I mean he was dead to me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Occasionally he pops ‘round and I pay him ‘fuck off’ money.’