There is a phrase in ‘Persuasion, my favorite of Jane Austen’s novels, in which the heroine, tells her friend that the she considers it a woman’s gift to love longest, when all hope is lost. That phrase has played through my mind as I’ve written this modern-day fairy tale. Like Grimm’s Rapunzel and Swan Princess, Sookie has held out hope. She asks each stranger and those who pass through her life, ‘Have you seen him?’ ‘Do you know the way back?’
As Baile Siochanta winds to its conclusion, it is hope that write of, the hope that lovers fated can realize their happy endings.
Thank you, Ms Buffy! I am so pleased that you have found the love of your life and that you have such happiness together.
To Gyllene/Harlow Lane, all my best!