Monday, November 22, 2010

Ode to Madame Lefoux

Is a most excellent character who debuts in Gail Carriger's Changeless.
Madame Lefoux is not your average Victorian female.  Madame Lefoux is a French inventor who dresses like a man while holding her head high when it comes to her fashion sense and her sexuality.  She is not afraid of her own identity.  Even as scandalous as it was.  She has a fast on her feet wit that I adore, a lovely science background, along with a strong unusual presence.

 Madame Lefoux is also my muse.  I can not possibly say or conceive of the idea that I would be the Mad Scientist without having read
Changeless by Gail Carriger 

Oh my beloved, Madame Lefoux with her rebellious  wardrobe and fierce independence... I think she was after my heart this whole time. 

The utterly wonderful new hat store is ran by our unique character.  However, it does not take long for our dear Alexia to figure out that something is afoot in the boutique.  Of course, soon she finds herself  below in a odd place, a laboratory where wonderful things are all around. 

I can imagine gears and cogs turning in the mind of Madame Lefoux while she creates the latest steam powered technology.  Here is a picture of what her lab would look like.  Perhaps a tad messier and darker.

Laboratory of Madame Lefoux
Madame Lefoux shrugged.  "I do not know about that, my lady.  I mean to say, one's life is one thing; one's technology is an entirely different matter."

*Gasps*  Is it not the most beautiful laboratory you have seen??  I can honestly say that I am quiet fond of it.
Here is where she would of made the parasol of usefulness.

"Alexia Maccon's parasol had been designed at prodigious expense, with considerable imagination and much attention to detail. It could emit a dart equipped with a numbing agent, a wooden spike for vampires, a silver spike for werewolves, a magnetic disruption field, and two kinds of toxic mist, and, of course, it possessed a plethora of hidden pockets."
 Madame Lefoux's goggles.
Tinkering can be hard work and you never know when something should happen.  
Fashionable eye protection is a must.

"Madame Lefoux accepted a cup of tea and sat on another little sette, next to the relocated calico cat.  The cat clearly believe Madame Lefoux was there to provide chin scratches.  Madame Lefoux provided."

Without Gail Carriager there would be no Changeless,
Without Changeless there would be no Madame Lefoux,
Without Madame Lefoux there would be no Mad Scientist.

She is my Muse.


  1. I love it! There's nothing like a good Ode to kick of a new week :)

  2. It's fabulous my dear MS! I think you hit all the wonderful points of our dearest Madame Lefoux!

    In the Closet With a Bibliophile

  3. She is one of my favorite characters in the series!!! :)

  4. Great ode. It's nice to hear how it all came about. I must read these books!

  5. Madame Lefoux and her inventions... pure awesomeness. Thanks for the wonderful post!

  6. ooooo that character sounds fantastic. This author seems to have done really good, I love the sound of all these reviews and have entered to win the contest so *fingers crossed*
    Hopefully I can dig into these books soon :)

  7. Terrific Ode. I like the concept and may have to add this to my book project with my students. Write an ode to your favorite characters. Thanks!

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