This week Fiona Grew, head Fixer-Upper at Fictional Fix-Ups Dating Agency, introduced Doctor John Watson to Emma Woodhouse, sending them along to the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street to get to know one another. Here’s what they had to say about one another…
I was a little bit flustered as I had not intended to sign up to the Agency myself, I met with Miss Grew with the intention of finding a suitable partner for my dear friend Harriet. Despite this initial confusion I can happily report that I very much enjoyed the company of Doctor Watson on Thursday evening. John has many diverting tales to tell about his good friend and co-lodger, who seems to make his living as a kind of Private Detective or sleuth – just the kind of profession that one would expect to result in a decent repertoire of thrilling tales, I suppose! However, if being totally honest I was a little put off by John’s current lack of employment. Whilst he apparently assists his friend in his enquiries I don’t believe this to offer stable enough prospects to be a suitable match for Harriet. In the case of my own situation, I could not possibly relocate to London as it is too far removed from my father who needs both my company and my care.
I was very pleased to meet Miss Woodhouse in the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub last Thursday. Admittedly, I was a little affronted by the frankness of her questioning, feeling at times that I was under the microscope, as it were, with Emma having a very good idea of precisely what she was looking for! However, whilst the initial conversation was not quite as light-hearted as I might have hoped, Emma’s witty take on the characters of her hometown, Highbury, made up for this later in the evening! As such I would be more than happy to take up the suggestion she made early on to be introduced to the company of her Highbury circle, in particular that of her close friend Harriet, and thus get to know Emma herself better.