Dress of Queen Alexandra, 1910’s
From Hampton Court Palace
WE'RE ON EACH OTHER'S TEAM
Strong and sharp(ly dressed) couples who have the power to destroy you in their games of Thrones and Cards. Because a little bit of (Breaking) badness is always fun. But remember: never trust a Carlisle stan. Not ever. [Mary x Richard, Dany x Jorah, House Mormont, the Schraders, the Underwoods.]
Something Worth Having shall be updated in the very near future. (The chapter’s like 7K words long though, I’m not even joking, so it’ll take me a while to read through one last time for typos…)
Downton Abbey season 5 spoilers:
Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton) Speaking of admirers, Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) is still making his interest known, but she’s not having it and confides in the Dowager Countess, who is suitably amused. (x)
I wouldn’t hurt anybody. It just feels good to think about.
↳6/10 female characters: Marie Schrader
“”Nothing would make me happier than seeing you happy, but please be absolutely sure before you decide. You’re cleverer than he is. That might have worked in the last century, when ladies had to hide their brains behind good manners and good breeding, but not now.””
I don’t see how this comment is condescending to Mary at all, but is highly complimentary. Will it rub her the wrong way—very possibly. But it is accurate, and Charles is one to call a spade a spade, just like Violet and Mary herself. If Mary said this to Charles because it was he about to make a decision she was concerned over, no one would take it as being condescending. He is telling her basically not to sell herself short, because she IS brighter than Tony—much brighter. She’s brighter than anyone on the show save Violet, imo, but Charles is highly intelligent himself, and he KNOWS this could cause issues between Mary and Tony in time. Is he also looking out for his own interests—very possibly. But he tells her he wants her to be happy, and something must be amiss for him to think she is making this decision for the wrong reasons.
Goodness knows Mary has a history of making wrong decisions. (Don’t we all.)
I had a friend once question me in a similar fashion over a guy I was dating. I was upset at the time, but they were dead on, and I knew it. I just had to back off and think it through for myself. I later thanked that friend for having the guts to speak out. No—I’m not Mary. Yes—I am older than most of the fandom and probably see things differently. But when I see a man attracted to a woman because of her mind and spirit and gutsy enough to say so, it thrills me. He’s basically telling her she has what it takes to move into the future on her own two feet, and if that’s condescending, then insult me that way. :) I wouldn’t mind insults like that.
Looks age. Bodies age and change. Hair turns gray, but the mind and personality—those are what you live with every day and wake up to every morning. Those, trust and laughter are what carry a marriage—trust me.
And whether Mary chooses Charles or not, he has given her hard truth to chew on, truth no one else has the balls to say to her face save her grandmother or Richard. I respect that, personally. But to each their own. :)
I have no stake in the Charles vs Tony debate but nevertheless jumping in to say: I can see why others have described Charles’ line as having the potential to come across as condescending or butthurt. Blake may very well be speaking the truth to Mary, but there’s a difference between a friend doling out romantic advice and a suitor doing so. Even if he is right, by virtue of being in competition with Tony for Mary’s hand, he can never be totally objective with her about other men, and she can never be certain that he is not motivated by jealousy or even just his own hopes.
Evening Coat and Dress Ensemble, ca. 1910-15
Now this looks like my kind of party and my kind of people!
Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Ring, ca. 1905-10
One of several pieces of jewelry recovered from the remains of the Titanic
|So happy you plan to finish A Lady in Paris! I loved AGIB so so much, and the beginning of A Lady in Paris had me hooked. I reread AGIB last month while on holiday, and honestly every fic I've read since seems lacking. Out of curiosity, what fandoms did you write for before ASOIAF and DA?|
Prior to ASOIAF and DA, I was most prolific in the Harry Potter (Remus/Tonks) and LOST (Sayid/Shannon)fandoms. I also dabbled a bit in Chronicles of Narnia, Heroes, Star Trek, Tangled, X-Men, and a few others.
And thank you again so much for your lovely words about AGIB and ALIP. Made my day (and spurred me on as I continue working on my SWH update)!