Seven Characters I’d Invite for Thanksgiving Dinner

November 24, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday 8

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a Thanksgiving-themed freebie


Mr. Bookwyrm and I are planning a quiet Thanksgiving this year. As in the last two years, it will be just the two of us — Robyn is going to her grandparents because they are much closer to her college than we are. But I’ll still be doing a full Thanksgiving meal; I love the tradition and the chance to get out the beautiful china and silver and so on. It got me thinking. . . if I could invite any fictional characters to our Thanksgiving table, who would I choose?

  1. Anne Shirley & Gilbert Blythe. Anne and Gilbert know a thing or two about thankfulness, and they are both intelligent, interesting, optimistic people with whom I think we would enjoy conversing. (And besides, Anne is a kindred spirit!)
  2. Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane are erudite and witty, and knowledgeable on a number of subjects. Conversation would never be dull with them at the table.
  3. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Ditto Russell and Holmes. Actually, I would pay good money to witness a conversation between these two and the aformentioned Lord Peter and Harriet. Can you imagine how delicious a dinner would be with those four trading quips and quotations and sharing stories?
  4. Robinton, the MasterHarper of Pern. Granted, he isn’t from the same world as the guests I’ve already invited, but Robinton is observant, clever, and diplomatic, which would make him an ideal dinner guest. And if we could persuade him to share a song or two, that would be the perfect ending to the evening.

I realize that’s only seven, but if you add any more, the conversation ceases to be general. Nine (counting us) is pushing it as it is. So I will stop there, with the understanding that at another time, I might choose a completely different set of guests.

Who would you invite to dinner, Thanksgiving or otherwise?


(Invited guests are from: 1. L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series; 2. Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries; 3. Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell mysteries; 4. Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series.)

Photo credit: Bellamy Mansion, Wilmington, Delaware. Photo by Billy Hathorn via Wikimedia Commons.

8 Responses to “Seven Characters I’d Invite for Thanksgiving Dinner”

  1. Anne Higgins

    I used your prompt today before I looked at your post; I also would have invited Lord Peter and Harriet Vane! But then I got sidetracked into inviting my favorite poets. If you visit my website listed here, you will see my post.
    I really enjoy reading your posts and am following your blog.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Favorite poets – what a lovely idea! My daughter has recently gotten me interested in Billy Collins’ poetry. I’m not sure how he’d get along with another favorite of mine (John Donne) but it would be fun to find out. 🙂

  2. Literary Feline

    Your guest list for Thanksgiving is perfect. Too many would be a problem, but I think you’ve got some good personalities there who will make things interesting in a good way–which is a must for Thanksgiving.

    I can’t really think of who I would invite. I think I would rather go to the Weasley’s house for Thanksgiving. They’d be so much fun.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Weasleys are definitely who I would visit if I could, but of course it would have to be for Christmas since they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. 🙂

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Good thought! I tend to think of her as the young and not very confident Menolly of the first two books, who would probably be shy at a table full of adults. But of course, like Anne and Gilbert, she grew up and would be a fine addition to the guest list. Which means also inviting Sebell, of course!