Pride and Prejudice Paper Dolls by Brenda Sneathen Mattox
So a few weeks ago I was planning on meeting my friend for lunch, and found myself with a few extra hours. I was downtown, which had recently received a makeover and a ton of vintage and antique shops have moved in. Usually I never get to look at them as they all have the same hours as my job does. But it was my day off so I was finally able to window shop.
Sadly not everything was open, but there were quite a few. I found something to buy my dad for Father’s Day and had a few ideas for another friend. Then one shop I entered had this:
Instantly I was thinking:
I grew up with paper dolls. I remembered how much fun I had with them. I used to play for hours as a child. The only bad thing was that they tended to rip and tear. And they became harder and harder to find.
So at first I was like I NEED this:
But then I thought, what would I do with it? I mean I don’t have any one to play with. My niece who is just the right age doesn’t live near me. Better not…
But then I thought, what a fantastic gift for her. Her birthday is coming up! She could have so much fun with it. I mean look at the clothes!
But then as I was thinking about it, she doesn’t know Pride and Prejudice. She probably wouldn’t even care for it. Most likely it would just be thrown away.
So I decided, better not buy it. I should just live it for someone else to enjoy.
Weeks passed and I just can’t get it out of my mind. Look at them:
I mean Bingley is just so cute, Darcy so stoic, and Elizabeth looks like she is thinking of something witty. Not to mention:
Look at the smugness on Wickham’s face, they captured it perfectly. And look at Lydia’s silly manner.
After I thought and thought about it, I came up with the perfect justification. I could give it to my friend who loves Pride and Prejudice as a gag gift. She would think it was cute; although she probably wouldn’t use it (but she wouldn’t throw it away.) Yes, it was perfect. I was going back for it.
But when I went back, I couldn’t remember which store it had been in.
I had just been walking in any stores that were open so I had not even paid attention to the names.
So I know you are thinking, why not buy it on amazon? Well first of all it was half the price in the shop, and secondly it had gotten in me. I needed that particular one. I had to find it.
So I waited (and hoped it would still be there) for my next day off in which I decided I would look through all the shops for it.
Well my next day off fell on a different day of the week: one in which ALL the shops were open.
I combed through every square of every single shop, but I just could not find it. All I could remember was that it was in a basket with a bunch of other books, in a store that had cute Disney stuffed animals and some glassware.
But it wasn’t totally horrible, I did find a cute teacup for my friend’s birthday in her favorite color.
But no book of paper dolls.
I was preparing to go, when I decided to go back to one store that was very close in to what I remembered. I started searching, but found no basket full of books.
But then just as I was headed out the door I saw a gray tin full of books. I had nothing else to lose, so I decided to take a look through. And guess what, it was there.
I bought it and headed for home. But now that I have it, I’m not so sure I want to give it away. I mean I spent a lot of time looking for that, I think I might keep it.
It is pretty cute with having a brief synopsis of the story and has such cute designs for the Bennet’s every day wear, the Assembly Ball, Wickham’s uniform, dinner at Rosings, Elizabeth’s muddy dress, etc.
It is just so cute.
For more on Pride & Prejudice, go to You Put the Jedi in Pride & PreJEDIce
For more Pride & Prejudice variations, go to The Darcy Monologues: Part II, Other Eras
For more books based on Jane Austen, go to The Darcy Monologues: Part I, The Regency