I want you to get to know some of the characters of my novel That Summer. For the next few Mondays I’ll interview one of the characters and you can leave comments if you want. I think this might help you when you read my novel to know how these characters feel as they move through the story. If you leave a comment on this blog that is totally related to the interview I'll give you an extra entry in the next Thursday book drawing.
Today I’m interviewing Caroline Jacob who is the only child of Fred and Mary Jacob. She lives in the small town of Newton, Tennessee.
JO: Hello, Caroline. Have you finished high school?
CAROLINE: Yes, ma’am.
JO: What are you doing now?
CAROLINE: I’m in school at Agnes Scott College near Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a girls’ school.
JO: Do you like going to school at Agnes Scott?
CAROLINE: Not really.
JO: Then why are you at Agnes Scott?
CAROLINE: The truth is that my mother is very class conscious. She wanted me to go to a well-known school for girls where I could become cultured. That’s what she said, I needed to be cultured.
JO: Why couldn’t you become cultured someplace nearer to home?
CAROLINE: That’s what I thought. But the other girls’ schools on her list were way up in Virginia. So Daddy said I’d go to Agnes Scott.
JO: Why don’t you like going to school at Agnes Scott?
CAROLINE: The girls here all come from well-off families who live in cities. My parents are well-off enough, but we live in a very small town. I think that’s why Mother wanted me to come here. She thinks our town is not in her class. The girls here accept me because I’m as pretty as they are, but I don’t have any really close friends. I have friends at home, but not any close friends. Mother wants me to spend time with the kids from the upper crust families where we live. But they are pretentious.
JO: So you mother is class conscious?
CAROLINE: Oh, yes. She grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and had the love of her life. He was of her family’s prestigious standing. He broke up with her, broke her heart, the way she tells it. Then she met Daddy whose family was not really high class but they owned a mill in a little town north of Chattanooga. She dated daddy and realized that he would inherit the mill soon from his parents. So she settled for Daddy when she couldn’t marry the love of her life. I don’t ever want to settle for just anyone to love. I want the person I love to be honest and love me regardless where his family comes from.
JO: What about your daddy? Is he as class conscious as your mother?
CAROLINE: Not really. He owns the mill in town, which is the biggest employer there. He gets along with everybody. Of course the guests who come to our house are of Mother’s choosing, so Daddy has to make friends with them. He’s considerate of me choosing my friends but Mother wants to choose my friends for me.
JO: So, Caroline, how do suppose you can rearrange your situation and be able to be happier than you are now?
CAROLINE: Someday I’ll meet someone I choose to love. I won’t settle for just anybody for any reason. I’ll meet the love of my life one day and he’ll love me. I really will.
The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of The Moses Quilt by Kathi Macias is Shelley S. I'll email you to get your mailing address and get the book out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.