What an evil gnome! Or else a gnome with exceptionally good taste.
Do you mean the intros that Willis writes for the stories in her short story collections? I found it in Fire Watch and Marble Arch, it's not in Impossible Things. There aren't any intros for the stories in Marble Arch, but here's what it says in Fire Watch:
"When she was forty years old, Elizabeth Barrett sneaked out of her house on Wimpole Street to elope with Robert Browning. It was an astonishing thing for a Victorian woman to do, especially someone who had been an invalid for most of her life. The story has been so romanticized that it is easy to forget that she was running from as well as to something.
She referred to her life with her father, a possessive and autocratic man who would allow none of his children to marry, as 'my peculiar situation,' and tried to make it sound amusing. Browning, frantic to get her away from the man who encouraged his daughter's invalidism, called it slavery and wrote her angrily, 'I think I understand what a father may expect and a child should comply with.'
When Edward Moulton Barret found out what his daughter had done, he ruthlessly tried to destroy every trace of her, including her precious cocker spaniel, Flush. He didn't succeed. She had taken Flush with her. But she had left her sisters Arabel and Henrietta behind."
Good luck with your show!Edited at 2008-05-07 01:15 am (UTC)