|An Artful Plan|
Charles Dickens memory
- Hammon: I say! I have need of your help again!
Cupid and I require your services!
There is work to be done in the name of true romance!
Jacob or Evie met with John Hammon, then drove a carriage to Lambeth.
- Hammon: You remember that young lady I was engaged to marry? Before I feigned my death so that I could see what sort of woman she was? Well, I have good news! I'm now in love with her and want to marry her after all! And I need you to help! I have a rather artful plan. You, playing the part of a ruffian, will kidnap her. then you must bring her to where I am waiting. I shall leap from a shadowy corner and beat you to a pulp thereby saving her life and winning her heart.
- Jacob: That is far and away, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the worst plan I have ever heard.
- Evie: Have you thought this through?
- Hammon: Now put me down somewhere insalubrious and I shall ready an ambush for you. Somewhere in Lambeth should suffice.
Jacob or Evie drove to an area where Hammon got off.
- Hammon: This'll do, looks rough enough. Off you go and nab her. She's at Waterloo station, I believe. Oh, and make sure you play your part well!
Jacob or Evie traveled to Waterloo station and kidnapped Bella Wilton.
- Jacob: You're coming with me, little bird!
- Evie: You're coming with me!
- Bella: Oh, stop! Help!
Oh my goodness!
We make for a peculiar pair, you'll be found out in no time.
Unhand me this instant!
This is terribly inappropriate.
Is there nothing I can say to make you release me?
What is the meaning of this?
I shan't be caught again!
This one belongs in an asylum!
- Jacob: I promise I won't hurt you!
I'm abducting you for a friend! No, that still sounds terrible.
- Evie: I can't believe I agreed to this nonsense!
I have a good reason for doing this! I hope.
Jacob or Evie delivered Bella to Hammon.
- Bella: I have no money, you know. You shall be sorely disappointed if you think you shall profit from this.
Why are you doing this? Can you not say anything?
I demand you explain yourself at once!
Jacob or Evie brought Bella to the area Hammon was waiting at.
- Bella: Help! This brute has abducted me!
- Hammon: Unhand her, ruffian! I shall save you, madam! For I am John Hammon, your fiance!
- Bella: ...what?
- Hammon: En garde!
Hammon attacked Jacob or Evie, prompting a fake fight.
- Hammon: Take this, you rogue!
Take your punishment!
Ha! Clearly I am your better.
I say, this is getting a little too real!
You're not actually trying to kill me are you?
- Bella: This is all rather suspicious.
Will someone explain what is happening?
What? A ruse! I suspected as much from the beginning!
Jacob or Evie lost the fake fight, being punched to the ground by Hammon.
- Bella: What a happy coincidence that you were here to save me.
- Hammon: Wasn't it? And if you will allow me, my dearest Bella, I shall forever be by your side to protect you from this day forth. Come, my dear. Let us be gone from this terrible place and I shall explain all.
Jacob or Evie got up after the couple left.
- Jacob: I should return to Charlie and Charlie to tell them the happy news.
- Evie: I'm certain Mister Dickens and Mister Darwin would like to know of their friend's good fortune.
- Dickens: And so all's well that ends well! Our young lovers are united at last and will soon marry.
- Jacob: No accounting for taste, I suppose.
- Evie: I, too, hope to meet a man who will fake his own death and arrange my abduction just to see if I can be trusted.
- Darwin: And by the looks of you they really "hit it off"! Ha, ha!
- Dickens: I must say it's all rather exciting. I do love these sorts of tales.
- Darwin: It all feels strangely familiar. I wonder why? We should drink to John Hammon and his unconventional idea of courtship!
- Dickens: Indeed! To John Hammon! Our mutual friend!
John Hammon convinced Bella to marry him, and Jacob or Evie reported the success to Dickens and Darwin's approval.