The Compulsive Reader: Alcott or Faux-cott?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Alcott or Faux-cott?

With all the classics/monster mash-ups out there, is it any surprise that Louisa May Alcott's Little Women has been re-worked not once, but twice? Little Vampire Women and Little Women and Werewolves both came out this month, and John Matteson, Alcott's biographer, has come up with a little game called Alcott or Faux-cott? that might throw you.

Here's how it works: read each of the ten passages below, and then see if you can tell which one was written by Alcott herself, and which passage was taken from Little Vampire Women or Little Women and Werewolves. The answers will be at the bottom of the post!

1) Nothing human ever wore a look like that of the ghastly, hollow-eyed pale-lipped countenance below the hood. All saw it and held their breath as it slowly raised a shadowy arm.”

2) Restless mind and lawless will, now imprisoned in a helpless body, preyed on each other like wild creatures caged, finding it impossible to escape, and as impossible to submit.”

3) She advanced upon one of the women and thrust her to the ground, where she ripped off the bodice of her dress and one of her breasts with one efficient bite. The other woman screamed, and the men stood in a shocked stupor.”

4) [She] knew nothing till, with a stifled cry, her lover started, swayed backward form her arms, and dyeing her garments with his blood, fell at her feet, stabbed through the heart.”

5) She...tasted his fear, a salty thing with a desperate edge, and heard a sob. Someone was crying, either the man or the woman, and pleading for mercy.

6) With a ferocious slam of the door, she was off, a predator in the night hunting for justice, for even if the victims she found were innocent of the crimes committed against her, they were still guilty of something.

7) For an hour she sat so, sometimes lifting the glass to her lips as if the fiery draught warmed her cold blood; and once she half uncovered her breast to eye with a terrible glance the scar of a newly healed wound. At last she rose and crept to bed, like one worn out with weariness and mental pain.”

8) The gazes of hunter and prey were locked, and Mr. Davis could not look away from the gleaming golden eyes.

9) My one hope died then, and I resolved to kill myself rather than endure this life another month; for now it grew clear to me that they believed me mad, and death of the body was far more preferable than that of the mind.”

10) Oh, what am I doing? I am mad, for I, too, have taken hasheesh.”

How did you do? Are you surprised at the results?

As you can see, Alcott was pretty imaginative herself. I think she might have been amused at the parodies of her most famous work. Has anyone read any of her other works beside Little Women? I've only read Little Women and Rose in Bloom.

Happy reading!

The answers:

1) Alcott, "The Abbot's Ghost
2) Alcott, "A Modern Mephistopheles"
3) Faux-cott, "Little Women and Werewolves"
4) Alcott, "V.V."
5) Faux-cott, "Little Vampire Women"
6) Faux-cott, "Little Vampire Women"
7) Alcott, "Behind a Mask"
8) Faux-cott, "Little Women and Werewolves"
9) Alcott, "A Whisper in the Dark"
10) Alcott, "Perilous Play"

1 comment:

Mariah said...

That is really surprising I actually picked very few that were actually hers!