I’m back to the Penguin list of 100 Best Classics in twenty categories. Today, we choose the Best Minxes.
minx: an impudent, cunning, or boldly flirtacious girl or young woman.
THE BEST MINXES (according to the Penguin List)
William Makepeace Thackeray. Yes, Becky Tharp is a minx if there ever was one.
Vladimir Nabokov. I haven’t read anything by Nabakov.
Tennessee Williams. I’m not familiar with this play (?) either.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Truman Capote. Miss Holly Golightly is a sort of a minx, but I am philosophically opposed to including Capote on a list of best anything. And I’ve not read the book, only seen the movie.
Jane Austen. Emma isn’t really a minx, just a bad matchmaker.
Best Minxes (according to Semicolon)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Now Marianne is a minx, until she learns to be more sensible.
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Scarlett, the minx of all minxes. I read that Ms. Mitchell was highly influenced by Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. Lilly isn’t very good at being a minx. She either goes too far or not far enough, which is the point of the book.
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. Bathsheba Everdene is a bold minx, juggling three men and keeping them and her readers guessing.
Whom do you nominate for Best Minx in Literature?