|The arduous quest is over.
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
We have a new (used) car. She is a silver Citroën C4. Yes, we've pretty much bought the same car we had before, except that it's a bit newer. I do not want to speak to another used car salesperson for a very, very long time.
We're now at the most important decision of all: what to call her. Our previous Citroën was called Marguerite St. Just, after the daring aristocratic heroine of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel. The question is, do we stick with the literary theme and call her Leonie, after the saucy cross-dressing Duchess of Avon, created by Georgette Heyer? Or do we stick with the French Revolution theme and call her Sophie, after the erudite, equanimous and exquisite wife of the mathematician, philosopher and victim of said revolution Nicolas de Condorcet? Or should we choose something cleverer that you have thought of?
Shall we call her:
Leonie, after Georgette Heyer's saucy cross-dressing heroine
Sophie, after the Marquis de Condorcet's estimable wife
Something else, which will be explained in the text box
My last car was Edmund Fitzgerald, because it was an old wreck with Minnesota plates.
Sticking with a nautical theme, my current car is Aquitainia (Elanor for every day). The RMS Aquitainia was built in the Clydeside ship yards right down from where I lived. She was a sister to the Lusitania, and was used as a troop ship and luxury liner in her lifetime. Best of all, her last commission was taking a shipload of War Brides from GB to Canada after WWII.
So anyway, I might drive your new car around for a bit, and see if she reveals her preferences to you in the matters of naming.
Your names are fantastic. I think your suggestion is good. It's interesting that the LJ camp is marginally in favour of Sophie, while the DW camp is firmly convinced Leonie is the one. We're picking her up on Friday and driving her to Birmingham, so we'll see what she has to say for herself on that journey.
There are so many names from Heyer novels that would be perfect for a car! Why have I never realised this?
Not having a need to name a car?
I can't thank you enough for introducing me to her work. :)
Sophie seems less capricious in nature, which for a car, seems like a good thing! I named my first car Louise, partly after Louise Brooks and partly after Louise in Gypsy. It was a '66 Dodge Dart with a broken speedometer, which didn't actually matter since I don't think it ever went faster than 60mph. Going up hills in San Diego, I would pat the dashboard and say, "sing out, Louise!"
Oh, Louise is a lovely car name! I think we'll have to drive our new car for a bit and see which name suits her.
I'm in love with Marguerite. And with the Scarlet Pimpernel in general. Sometimes I just get out the Leslie Howard version for instant happy place.
That is all.
Ooh, I've never seen a film or TV version. Only book. So you recommend the Leslie Howard version, hm? I'll hunt it up.
It is out of copyright, so, y'know, free to download.
Don't watch any of the others (I binged on them all a year ago, and they're not worth it). Just Leslie Howard over and over again.