We love a good round of Never Have I Ever as much as the next person — after all, learning a person's secrets is always fun. But when you play with a group of feisty historical heroines with wild tales to tell, the game gets even better. Which heroine has or hasn't turned down a proposal? Has Gillian really dressed in men's clothing? Let's find out:
NEVER HAVE I EVER … stolen a boiled pig's head. TRUE
Or for that matter, an unboiled pig's head. Stealing, I've always believed, is in the mind of the beholder, or at least the intention is. And I, as a shy and innocent person of upstanding moral values, would never set out with the intention of depriving someone of their boiled pig's head. I might borrow one for a little bit, but I would always have the best of intentions toward it, and would return it as soon as I was done with it.
NEVER HAVE I EVER… dressed in men’s clothing. TRUE
A man makes such noise, clomping about in boots, and wastes such time, knotting those cravats in all those fancy designs, and thus a lady has more trouble getting them unknotted.
Author’s Comment: When Christian comes clomping about, the noise doesn’t seem to aggravate Gilly. Interesting.
NEVER HAVE I EVER … turned down a proposal. FALSE
A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do. I still remember Cam’s shock when I told him I wouldn’t marry him. How ducal and arrogant he’s become since he started lording it over society.
Author’s Comment: Nice to know you never let His Grace get away with being “ducal and arrogant,” Pen! The rest of the world kowtows to his magnificence, but not you.
NEVER HAVE I EVER ... eaten truffles. TRUE
And I don't think I ever shall. One of the housemaids recently told me that they're an aphrodisiac. Heaven knows I don't require anything like *that*. My interest in men is purely clinical. The duke, for instance, is a peculiarly interesting creature. No doubt many women would consider him very handsome. Of course, I have no interest in masculine beauty of that vein (the vein of brooding fallen angels, or blond gods, or the like). Nor would truffles persuade me to change my mind, I feel quite sure of it.
Author’s Comment: In the words of the immortal bard: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
Prudence from What a Wallflower Wants by Maya Rodale
NEVER HAVE I EVER … kept a secret. FALSE
There are some secrets a lady will risk everything to keep...and sometimes she must risk everything and reveal the truth.
Author's Comment: Prudence has a secret that she's sworn never to tell...but will the truth set her free?
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