For our fifth Pinkorama, Candace and Cassandra bring us… “Oh no! It’s a highway-peep…oh wait it’s worse it’s a poet-peep!”
Yes, you guessed it: the one, the only Augustus Whittlesby.
And now over to Candace and Cassandra, who write:
In this scene from The Garden Intrigue, we visualize a moment detailed from the correspondence from Emma Delagardie to that grand poet, Augustus Whittlesby, esteemed author of 22 cantos of The Perils of the Pulchritudinous Princess of the Azure Toes.
“E. Delagardie to A. Whittlesby
Yes, it did make me feel better, even though you did look rather silly stalking through Saint-Germain on a sunny day all wrapped about in wool with only the top of your head showing. My footman thought you were there to rob the house and had to be soothed with a stiff brandy, even though we all faithfully assured him that highwaymen stalk highways, not private residences.
Why do I suspect that on the next chilly night you’ll be back to your shirtsleeves?
I’ve had an idea about our masque. What do you think about having Americanus run off with the Pirate Queen instead? Cytherea, while lovely, seems a bit inspid. It would be a twist that no one would ever expect!
p.s. The package contains some of those currant cakes you like so much. Please eat them so I don’t.”
Chaos ensues as Augustus Whittlesby calls on Emma in her grand Paris house.
Those poor footmen– no one expects a romantic poet!
Especially one with lusciously flowing locks….
Emma is dressed as befits a fashionable matron, best friends with Napoleon’s stepdaughter.
Which is, of course, why she’s collaborating with Augustus on a masque for the Emperor’s entertainment.
And soothing her distressed footman with brandy.
Those poor footpeeps never quite knew what hit them…. (Iambic pentameter, most likely.)
Don’t you love the appropriately poetic scroll beneath Augustus’s arm?
So many thanks to Candance and Cassandra for another sugary tour de force! (Tour de peep?)
Which brings us to the end of our 2017 Pinkorama entries! I’ll post a round-up of all the entries tomorrow and open it up to voting….
In the meanwhile, huge kudos to all the entrants!