Dining With Characters: Part One: Revisited


I enjoyed this series several years ago, and I thought it was time to revisit these posts. I hope you enjoy them.



The other day I was thinking about which 2 or 3 fictional characters I would like to sit down with over coffee, tea, or beer and with whom I would like to have a conversation.  When I first thought about it, I believed it would be an easy choice to make, but then I realized that there were so many that I would have to do this in parts.







For the initial meeting, I thought I would extend an invitation to Merlin from Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur, Gandalf from J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, (not from The Hobbit), and Dumbledore from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series to join me over beer, mead, or even butterbeer, if that were preferable at a nice Public House.  I chose  these characters because they are central figures in three works that are deeply important to me, not only from the perspective of study but also from the enormous pleasure I have had from reading these works. I have taught all of them in different classes, primarily at  the Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, and I love to reread these writings over the years.



I am fascinated by the connection among the three of them, all wizards in tales of British mythology. Among the questions I would want to ask would be: Do you see a connection among yourselves? Do you approve of your portrayals in the writings? and Are you descended from the Druids?


I think this would be a lively and enjoyable conversation, although if too much was drunk, I wonder what inebriated and arguing wizards would be like.



Who would you choose to invite to such an event?  I would love to hear your choices.


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17 thoughts on “Dining With Characters: Part One: Revisited

  1. I would very much enjoy having several bottles of Italian red wine with William of Baskerville, The protagonist from The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. I think he and I would have some fascinating conversations about the nature of religion and God and man. I would need to think about the others.

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  2. Charles, you have outdone yourself. This new Dining With Characters is just wonderful. I do think that these three would have a lively (understatement) conversation and perhaps some wizardry. May I please join you and sit next to Dumbledore?

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  3. What an intriguing thought! To start out with, I should like to have supper with Sister from Eudora Welty’s short story “Why I Live at the P.O.” I would begin the meal by saying something to get a rise out of her and then just listen to her riff on it for two hours.

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