October 18: Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After
I have three cats right now who are named after Elinor Dashwood, Dorothea Brooke, and one Fitzwilliam Darcy Copperfield so I’m accustomed to searching through literature to find names. I named a human son Benedict after Much Ado About Nothing but felt that changing the last letter from “k” to “to” was warranted.
Today what comes to mind is:
- Mr. Suckling (from Emma)
- Monmouth (See Shakespeare and William Trevor’s The Old Boys
- Dolly Longstaffe
- Signora Neroni
- Lady Lufton
- Ruth Bridge/Mrs. Gaskell’s Ruth: I just would love a cat named Ruthie!
- Lupin Pooter (From Diary of a Nobody)
- Little Chandler (From Joyce’s story, “A Little Cloud”)
A lot of my choices are based on the possibility of a plethora of good nicknames. The characters I’ve selected are not particularly glorious, but they are memorable.