Simplicity Williams

Information by Pat Pflieger


one of several Mary Sues I created as a young teenager. Simps moved from daydreams in which she rescued Illya Kuryakin of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to "Simplicity Williams! ", a spy novel I began -- and abandoned -- when I was 12 years old.

The training of Simplicity Williams to be a spy apparently occupies every waking moment of the spies who befriend her.

Simplicity, though I made her physically different. I wore glasses; she doesn't. I had long strawberry-blonde hair and hazel eyes, she has long brown hair and "laughing brown eyes." She also has a "solemn little mouth," which I probably didn't.

Simps is recognizably my projection into the world of U.N.C.L.E. and befriends two men who bear remarkable resemblances to Illya Kuryakin, of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Mark Slate, of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. -- my then-current heartthrobs.


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