Happy Valentine’s Day SK friends!
Today Scrabble and I, Louisa May Alcatt, are going to tell you how to make the perfect Valentine.
I had to do this when Jo, my alter ego in ‘Little Women,’ was forced into marriage by my publishers.
A little background.
In real life, I swore never to marry. No man was ever going to tell me what to do, how to do it and when to do it. I planned to paddle my own canoe.
This was (and still is, if that is what you choose), a brilliant plan unless business gets involved.
For me, business got involved.
‘Little Women’ flew off the shelves once it rolled off the presses in September 1868.
The publisher’s coffers filled, as did mine.
My public (I had a public!!! 😄) wanted more.
A sequel was immediately arranged by my publishers. However, this time, they had a few demands.
One of them was that all of the March sisters were to marry, not just Meg.
I said no. Jo represented me, and like me she would paddle her own canoe.
They said, No! This is the Victorian era. All respectable women MUST marry.
We went back and forth.
I can be stubborn and business savvy. I negotiated the perfect business arrangement to marry off Jo. One could say Jo married for money.
If my alter ego protagonist was going to marry, she would have none less than the perfect spouse.
This is where fiction writing comes in handy.
I took the three men I admire most, The Father, Son, and The Holy Ghost.
No, that’s a Don McLean song.
I took the best characteristics of my father A. Bronson Alcatt, our dear family friend Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, better known as Goethe, a German who wrote ‘Faust’ and many other works, all of inspired me to become a writer and fall in love with the German language.
So, I took the poverty, unconditional love and philosophy of my father, added the brilliant quips of Emerson and mixed in the rugged German persuasion of Goethe to create Jo’s groom and sou mate, Professor Friedrich Bhaer.
That’s the beauty of fiction. If you cannot find the perfect man, you can create him. So, I did.
Scrabble and I hope you find your perfect valentine and have s wonderful weekend.
xo, LMA and Scrabble
PS. Not that you asked, but here are some Valentine terms in German:
Freund = boyfriend
Freundin = girlfriend
Lieben = love
Umarman = hug ( see the word arm?)
Herz = heart
Freuliche Valentinstag! kuss und umarman, LMA & my Valentine, S.