The Séance: Creepy or Thrilling?
Just finished The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn (set in the late nineteenth century) and am reading Ammie Come Home by Barbara Michaels (set in the 1960’s). Séances feature in both, no naturally, I now have séances on the brain. Why doesn’t anyone hold séances any more? It seems like this idea would be embraced as a unique party entertainment. Did people used to be more open-minded than they are now? Or do they just prefer to get their spooks from scary movies? Does anyone even use a Ouija board anymore??
My sister and I had a Ouija board and used it every now and then, generally to ask it who we were going to marry. I swear she was pushing. She swore I was. We both insisted we were barely touching it. And I was barely touching it–I can’t vouch for her.
Anyway…with all these thoughts of séances, I wondered who I’d want to attempt to summon if I was ever asked to participate in a séance. Eliminating family to even things out a bit, I decided it would have to be Jane Austen. You probably saw that coming, right? I wouldn’t be able to resist the opportunity. This train of thought naturally led to the consideration of which Austen character I would try to summon (suspending belief here…I know none of them are actually real, so don’t worry about me!)
Many of you would probably say Mr. Darcy. But I have to admit…he’s not even my favorite Austen hero. Knightley is my favorite. But I wouldn’t summon him. Maybe Elizabeth, just for the fun of it. Possibly Mr. Bennett, because I think he’s hilarious. Darcy is even a possibility, if I could get him pre-Elizabeth. That could prove to be very entertaining.
What about you? Would you accept an invitation to a séance? Who would you wish to summon (not counting family members)? Which Austen character would you summon, given that fantastical opportunity?