Lucy Vickery

Rebranded classics

In Competition No. 2916 you were invited to recast a well-known scene from literature to reflect the fact that its author has signed a sponsorship deal with a well-known brand.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party provided the perfect platform for Mr Kipling; Sydney Carton’s execution was the ideal shop window for Sabatier and Brooks of Sheffield; and Lady Macbeth cracked open the Wet Ones. The winners take £25 each. George Simmers pockets the bonus fiver.

She watched Mellors take the kettle from the stove and warm the pot. He was a small man, yet wiry, and strong, and opened a packet of McVitie’s chocolate digestives with one forceful gesture. With infinite delicacy, he then offered the biscuits as they were, in the packet. Sir Clifford had never offered her biscuits except on a plate, and with him she had never tasted more than the thin delight of a Bath Oliver. He saw her shyness.

‘Tek it from t’packet, lass. ’Tis the natural way.’

Daringly, her fingers touched the topmost biscuit. They explored its ridged yet smooth chocolate surface, and grasped it. Then she raised it to her lips.

‘That’s it. Tha does it rightly. And tomorrow I’ll be getting a pack of the plain chocolate variety.’

Connie reddened. This was a man who could see to the depths of her most secret wishes.
George Simmers
Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again. I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me.

It was not a happy dream. The place I loved most, now ruined and forlorn, had become the reminder of a history that could now only cause me anguish. I thought of Max, of how suffering and shame had unlocked his soul, of Mrs Danvers, with her cruel, underhand ways, of the ever-present ghost of Rebecca.

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