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Josi S. Kilpack takes on the love life of Sir Walter Scott in The Lady of the Lakes, a fictionalized account of the two defining romances of his life; with Wilhelmina “Mina” Belsches-Stuart, his childhood sweetheart, and Charlotte Carpenter, his eventual wife and his self-proclaimed ‘best love’.
Any scholar of Scott will tell you the facts of the story. Scott and Mina meet as teenagers, fall in love during their long walks home from church, embark upon a passionate long-distance correspondence and then become engaged. But parental interference and class differences rear their ugly heads, and in the end it emerges that Mina’s love for Walter is much different than his love for her. As they grow older she realizes hers was a childish first love, and she breaks their engagement in order to marry a moneyed man of her own class – and a close friend of Scott’s, William Forbes. Heartbroken, […]