Shannon: Emily, in my book I wrote that you received a copy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as a gift and that is what causes a lot of the events in my book to transpire. Have you actually read it?
Emily: Oh yes indeed! I have always been a lover of science and theory. My copy was published under the name Anonymous, just like in your book. I always liked to imagine their name was actually A. Nonymous. Regardless, I was filled with gratitude to learn a woman had written it.
Shannon: And Frank, have you read any of Emily’s poems?
Shannon: Did you like them?
Shannon: Do you have a favorite?
Shannon: Would you like to recite it?
Emily: Oh, come now, Frank. We’d love to hear your interpretation. Which poem is it and perhaps I can help you?
Frank: Because I could not stop for Death…
Emily: He kindly stopped for me; the carriage held but just ourselves and immortality.
Emily: My pleasure. It’s one of my favorites as well.
Shannon: Mine too. Emily, would you say you feared death?
Emily: I feared it and was intrigued by it. I think that’s why I wrote about it so much.
Shannon: And what about you, Frank? Oh wait. You are dead. Well, in a sense. I suppose you can still answer the question. Do you fear death?
Shannon: What do you fear then?
Shannon: Moving right along… Do you enjoy music?
Emily: Oh yes indeed! I love to play the piano in the parlor. When father was alive, I played the piano for him quite often. That serves as a great memory of him for me.
Shannon: Frank, what music do you enjoy?
Frank: Monster mash.
Shannon: (laughing) You would say that, wouldn’t you?
Frank: Mash good.
Check back soon for Part 3, the conclusion of my interview with Emily Dickinson and Frankenstein, coming soon!