Thursday, August 5, 2010

Character Connection: Tuppence Beresford

Character Connection is a lovely meme hosted by The Introverted Reader, where we can talk about our favorite characters.
"We all have characters we love. Let's spotlight these fantastic creations! Whether you want to be friends with them or you have a full-blown crush on them, you know you love them and want everyone else to love them too!

Most of you will probably post about how much you love each character, but this is a great place for the more creative ones among you to let go and have fun! Write a love letter to Captain Wentworth. Write yourself into a scene with Anne and Diana. Draw a picture of yourself in Jamie's arms. The possibilities are endless.

Be sure to post the book's title and author, and be very careful not to give away spoilers while talking about how much you love your characters."

My character connection is dedicated to Prudence "Tuppence" Crowley later Beresford. She is a detective created by Agatha Christie and first appears in the novel "The Secret Adversary".
"Tommy, old thing!"

"Tuppence, old bean!"

The two young people greeted each other affectionately, and momentarily blocked the Dover Street Tube exit in doing so. The adjective "old" was misleading. Their united ages would certainly not have totalled forty-five."

When we first meet Tuppence she is reuniting with her old friend Tommy. They are both down on their luck and don't know how they are going to make money to live on. That is until Tuppence comes up with a little plan.

"We've tried all the orthodox ways, yes. But suppose we try the unorthodox. Tommy, let's be adventurers!"

"Certainly," replied Tommy cheerfully. "How do we begin?"

"That's the difficulty. If we could make ourselves known, people might hire us to commit crimes for them."

"Delightful," commented Tommy. "Especially coming from a clergyman's daughter!"

Well they do go into business together, but not as criminals. :P They become amateur detectives instead.

I have to say one of the reasons Tuppence is one of my favorite characters is because of her adventurous spirit. She is a girl who likes to keep busy, a fearless go getter, who's always ready for excitement. She's clever and independent, and full of humor. I love reading about her and all the adventures she goes on. She is definitely a fictional role model of mine. :D


  1. +JMJ+

    They sound like a fantastic couple! We often read of detectives who have "straight men" sidekicks, but I also like it when two sleuths can work as a team, playing on each other's strengths and weaknesses. =)

    And as I've told Jen, it seems that one could start doing Character Connection featuring only detectives and not run out of colourful, memorable characters for a year!

  2. Aww I love the picture! Though Tuppence looks a bit older than Tommy. ;) But she is certainly all those things you described her!

  3. I know I've read that book before, but it has been years and years since I've read any of Agatha Christie's books. I've forgotten most of them! Tuppence does sound great. I tend to have much more respect for the women who are--well, pretty much all the words you used to describe Tuppence! Great post! I hope it wasn't too hard to write, because I certainly enjoyed reading it!

  4. Love this! Tommy & Tuppence are a great pair and, like, you I love Tuppence for her cleverness and sense of humor.


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