Ah, the female character.
To quote Emily Winter from the illustrious Sparklife, you should "So that your reader puts herself in the protagonist's shoes, and then feels really good about herself." (This came from her Pride and Prejudice blog.) Regardless of how tongue-in-cheek Emily was being, it holds a whole ingot of truth.
That's right, it's a massive gold bar of awesome with the ability to knock someone out if you tried... wait, what?
I believe this character encompasses that whole shebang quite nicely.
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
- Proverbs 31:10-30, NIV .
You may derisively snort, or you may stare at your screen in disbelief.
If you thought I'd pick Hermione, sorry. Luna trumps Hermione anyway.
I love Proverbs 31 woman for the sheer fact that she is made of awesome. She's the big sister that you glare at for being the apple of your parents' eye, but you also respect her a whole ton. She'll be there for you no matter what the occasion, no matter the hour - and she's just sure in what she wants to do.
I know that we have parts of this woman in us - though not in a creepy Frankenstein way - yet, can you imagine being this woman?
I'd say it'd rock something awesome.
Anyway. Short and sweet because I'm being pulled away to tidy. I'll yawn at that concept...