Minor Characters // Margaret Dashwood

Margaret Dashwood. Such a sweet girl. Funny, slightly annoying, but so likable. I really like her. She reminds me a bit of my sister, actually. But the Margaret in both Sense and Sensibility movies is not at all like Jane Austen created her. And I pity that.
I read Sense and Sensibility before watching either movies, so I imagined her as Jane Austen wrote.
Margaret, the other sister, was a good-humoured, well-disposed girl; but as she had already imbibed a good deal of Marianne's romance, without having much of her sense, she did not, at thirteen, bid fair to equal her sisters at a more advanced period of life.

Margaret is thirteen - cheerful, bubbly and a hopeless romantic. She loves getting involved in her sister's love lives. She reminds me a bit of a slightly younger Lydia Bennet, somehow - of course, somewhat less energetic and naughty, perhaps - but still, a little like her. A handful, but ready and growing. And although she's by no means clever, she means well.
His appearance however was not unpleasing, in spite of his being in the opinion of Marianne and Margaret an absolute old bachelor...
Margaret agreed, and they pursued their way against the wind, resisting it with laughing delight for about twenty minutes longer...
Marianne's preserver, as Margaret, with more elegance than precision, styled Willoughby, called at the cottage...
When I read the book, I had the feeling that Margaret and Marianne seemed pretty close. I liked their relationship. I can imagine the two of them talking about how 'old' Colonel Brandon is. 'An absolute old bachelor, ay, Marianne?!'
Also, I find it ironic that they made Marianne drag Margaret on the walk in the movies, as in the book she agrees with her sister that 'there is no felicity in the world superior to it.'
Margaret related something to her the next day, which placed this matter in a still clearer light. Willoughby had spent the preceding evening with them, and Margaret, by being left some time in the parlour with only him and Marianne, had had opportunity for observations, which, with a most important face, she communicated to her eldest sister...
Margaret's sagacity was not always displayed in a way so satisfactory to her sister. When Mrs. Jennings attacked her one evening at the park, to give the name of the young man who was Elinor's particular favourite, which had been long a matter of great curiosity to her, Margaret answered by looking at her sister, and saying, "I must not tell, may I, Elinor?"
"I never had any conjectures about it," replied Margaret; "it was you who told me of it yourself."
Haha, she really reminds me of Lydia Bennet in these snippets. She likes news (News? Oh yes, I always like news!) and she likes gossiping and... oh, she's such a cheeky, flighty teenaged girl.
I wish," said Margaret, striking out a novel thought, "that somebody would give us all a large fortune apiece!"
"Oh dear!" cried Margaret, "how happy I should be! I wonder what I should do with it!"
Mrs. Dashwood's and Elinor's appetites were equally lost, and Margaret might think herself very well off, that with so much uneasiness as both her sisters had lately experienced, so much reason as they had often had to be careless of their meals, she had never been obliged to go without her dinner before...
'The real' Margaret Dashwood was more grown up and sophisticated than either Margaret's in the adaptions. She's imaginative, and reads and wishes big things.
Marianne had retreated as much as possible out of sight, to conceal her distress; and Margaret, understanding some part, but not the whole of the case, thought it incumbent on her to be dignified, and therefore took a seat as far from him as she could, and maintained a strict silence.
Mrs. Dashwood was prudent enough to remain at the cottage, without attempting a removal to Delaford; and fortunately for Sir John and Mrs. Jennings, when Marianne was taken from them, Margaret had reached an age highly suitable for dancing, and not very ineligible for being supposed to have a lover.
Sneaky and cheeky as Margaret may be, she is not really clever, so doesn't understand all the why's and when's of Elinor and Marianne's love lives.
At the end of the book, Jane Austen writes that Margaret starts thinking of lovers and starts going to dancing, having reached an age 'highly suitable for dancing.' So seriously, this Margaret is a young lady - thirteen in the beginning - maybe fourteen or fifteen at the end.
In the 1995 S&S movie adaption, we hear Margaret ask her mother if she can also go to London. 'I'll be twelve soon,' she says.
The other version (2008) doesn't mention her age, but - see the screencap above - we can see her birth date in the Dashwood family Bible. Thus I have observed that in the 2008 version, they made her five years younger than Marianne. Marianne being, let's say, seventeen, Margaret is the right age - thirteen - in that version. That's probably the main reason why I prefer Lucy Boyton's Margaret - she was more the right age (and, for example, they made her dance in one scene, which I loved). But still, she wasn't the book-Margaret. She was small and tomboyish.
Both adaptions have the same sort of Margaret-girl. And both adaptations did not follow Jane Austen's instructions for the youngest Dashwood sister. They made her hide under library tables:
They made her a tomboy - climbing in trees, riding horses, whistling on grass, wading in mud and killing stabbing Edward during a game of fencing:
And sure, don't get me wrong, I loved the way they portrayed Margaret - it was really cute and she made many of the scenes funny and laughable. I loved the way they made the Edward-Margaret relationship (because, yes, this is not something Jane Austen made up, you know - nothing about Edward and Margaret in the book, you know!) and, in short, I love the Margaret in the movies.
But one of them should have stayed loyal to the book. Margaret was a young lady, romantic, cheeky, cheerful and ready for balls. Not a tomboy.
Did you like the way Margaret was portrayed in the movie?


Famous people tag

I don't know why I'm using this gif as the opening gif of this post. It's pretty, I guess. And it's so story-inspirational. My favourite is the lady in the red dress. :-) I like to imagine that she's searching for her lover (who is the guy with the brown top and white shorts and who is - in return - looking for her) but they look different ways and never find. *Insert Anne-Shirley-type ending* Anyway. Let's go on without further ado.

Hello everyone! I am going to start a Famous-People-Tag. I came up with this idea when I was, lately, listening to songs of several famous Vintage singers and when I realised how much I enjoy the 'Famous People book' we have at home. I don't know why, but there's something about famous people... I  mean, we all have our favourite famous people, right? Actors, singers, professors, clothes-designers... you get the point. So therefore I decided to make a little Famous-People-Tag. 
~ The Rules ~
-Put up the 'famous people tag button' and link back to the person who tagged you
-Answer the questions
-Tag the ten last people who commented on your blog (excluding anonymytes or the person who tagged you)
~The official questions!~
#1 Who's your favourite singer/group?
#2 If your favourite male actor was in the same room as you right now, what would your reaction be?
#3 Is there a famous person you used to love but (due to something they have done in their life) you've suddenly changed your mind?
#4 Name a famous person you like who's name starts with a V.
#5 What's one of your favourite red-carpet dresses?
#6 Who's your favourite Royal person?
#7 Who's your favourite child actor/tress
#8 Is there an actor/actress you actually like their private lives of? (Not sure if that last question was properly phrased.)
#9 Do you think that the actors/actresses have improved these last 100 years?
#10 What's the weirdest famous-people name?
#11 Do you think you look like a famous person? Which one(s)?
#12 Share your favourite famous-person quote.
#13 Who's your favourite dancer?
#14 Why is your favourite actress your favourite one? When did you decide that she was your favourite?
#15 Have you ever met/seen/been close to a famous person?
~My Answers ~
#1 Who's your favourite singer/group? The Andrews Sisters, definitely. I'm seriously addicted to this classy, vintage trio. My favourite of their songs are, 'Don't sit under the apple tree,' 'Hey Daddy', 'The Jumpin' Jive', 'Boogie Woogie bugle boy,' and 'You've got to Accentuate the Positive', which they sing with Bing Crosby. I also love Vera Lynn, Judy Garland and Bing Crosby. Yes, I know - I'm dashed old-fashioned. 

#2 If your favourite male actor was in the same room as you right now, what would your reaction be? My favourite male actor is Dan Stevens. If he were in the room I'd squeal, but try to say calm. I'd say hello and ask loads of questions about Downton Abbey.  Oh, I'd accuse him of leaving. Of course.
#3 Is there a famous person you used to love but (due to something they have done in their life) you've suddenly changed your mind? This lady is Rénee Zellweger. Yes. I know. I couldn't believe it either. Because it's not Rénee Zellweger, right? It's just... not. But it is. This is our one and only beloved Miss Potter. We will never see her unique, 'real' face again - it's lost forever. Rénee has changed her whole face and oh - I can't even recognise her. This makes me so sad.
#4 Name a famous person you like who's name starts with a V. I admit it. I asked this question so that I could have the excuse to mention Vera Lynn. I love Vera Lynn sooo much! I wish I had her voice!
#5 What's one of your favourite red-carpet dresses? Nowadays many of them are absolutely disgusting, but I managed to find one I like. :D
#6 Who's your favourite Royal person? I suppose I should say Kate Middleton, right? But no, the honour goes to Queen Elizabeth - probably the most famous lady in the world. She's adorable - I'd love to meet her one day. :-)
#7 Who's your favourite child actor/tress? I don't really know actually. I don't have that many favourites. I like Lucy Boynton, though. She's been in many nice Period Dramas and I always enjoyed watching her. She was 'young Beatrix Potter' in 'Miss Potter', 'Posie' in 'Ballet Shoes', and 'Margaret' in 'Sense and Sensibility 2008.'
#8 Is there an actor/actress you actually like their private lives of? (Not sure if that last question was properly phrased.) If Vera Lynn is an actor (which she is, as she acted in four old movies (although she's famous for her singing, not her acting)), it's her. She did lots of charity work and only married once and stayed loyal to him. As far as I know she didn't date millions of people either. :-)

#9 Do you think that the actors/actresses have improved these last 100 years? No. Not. at. all. Vintage actors and actresses had more good looking, had more grace and poise, were far better dressed and so on. Maybe the actors/tresses nowadays have better acting. Just mayyybe.

 #10 What's the weirdest famous-people name? Kate Winslet named her son 'Bear'. That's pretty weird.

#11 Do you think you look like a famous person? Which one(s)? I like thinking I look a little like the second Andrews Sister - Maxene Andrews. Just a little. :-)
(That's Maxene Andrews at the left.)
#12 Share your favourite famous-person quote. I love Princess Diana's quote: 'Family is the most important thing in the world.' I also really like Audrey Hepburn's quotes - especially, 'I love people who make me laugh.' If you look at my sidebar you can see some more of my favourites. :-)

#13 Who's your favourite dancer? FRED ASTAIRE. The end.
#14 Why is your favourite actress your favourite one? When did you decide that she was your favourite? My favourite actress is Julia Sawalha. I loved her as Lydia Bennet and as Mercy Chuzzlewit (and I also loved her in Cranford!) - but I decided that she was my favourite after watching her as Dorcas Lane in Lark Rise to Candleford. Julia Sawalha is a great actress - she can put of serious roles with great charm and yet she's hilarious in bouncy, silly roles. I wish she did more Period Drama's!
#15 Have you ever met/seen/been close to a famous person? I admit I'm looking forward to read my nominees answers. :-) Me? I've been pretty close to Prince Philip of Belgium (he's King of Belgium now, but I saw him when he was Prince) - and I've seen his daughter, Elizabeth (future queen of Belgium) lots of times as she goes to the same music school as I used to go to! I wasn't in her class, but I saw her lots of times. With all the bodyguards. :-) It was really nice. Poor girl - all the stares she got from me. :-)

Now. The last ten people that commented on my blog are:
Emma Jane
Ainsley Pontmercy
Ginger Girls
Thanks girls! Enjoy filling in the tag (if you feel like it)!


Gone with the Wind // Favourite costumes

I don't love this movie, but I do like it. A lot. The main reason? The costumes. The twirling, wirling, delicious, frilly hoop-skirts... just too awesome-saucy for words, no? If there would be no pretty costumes I would not like this movie. THE DRESSES IN HERE ARE AMAZING. Here's to my favourite Gone with the Wind costumes. Let's start!

Scarlett's Red Christmas dress
Scarlett's red Christmas dress has a sweet ruffled top, long billowing red hoop skirts, and a white ribbon around the waist. Although I think I could do without the weird ribbon, I absolutely adore this dress - especially the top white-with-red-stripes bit. It's just too adorable!

Scarlett's Green Barbeque Dress
Scarlett's Green barbeque dress is probably one of her famous ones. And no wonder! It's absoblumelutely adorable! The ruffled neckline (of course, a little too low, as Mammy pointed out-) is adorable, the velvet waistband, the green ribbons, and - of course - the huge hoop skirts. I'm going to repeat how much I love the hoop skirts many more times in the post. :-) Stay warned.

Scarlett's Blue Dress

Scarlett's Blue Dress is not extremely fancy, but I love it. (Sorry for the bad quality of picture, by the way.) The simple design and black trimmings look casual but thrilling on her. And the yellow gloves she wears with it - Oh, suffice to say that I like it. :-)
Scarlett's Honeymoon Dress
I've always had a fondness for this dress - even before I watched the movie, if I can recollect well. As a younger girl I adored green and purple together - and the special, clashy patterns on this Scarlett's honeymoon dress made me squeal in delight! And that hat she's holding - I would have liked to see her wearing it. It looks weird.
Scarlett's Red Dress
My best friend Emma and I have a mutual love for this deliciously filled, gorgeously rich hoop-dress. It's the sort of dress that you just yearn to wear - it looks so dashed fun to be in, no? I also love the smart little bodice with all the velvet buttons rowing downward.
Scarlett's Sweet Dress
Haha. My names for these dresses are so original, no? I named this one Scarlett's 'sweet' dress because I think she looks so sweet in this girlish, innocent-looking dress. It's white, with lace and baby-blue ribbons and waistband. I think it's a darling dress - it hardly gets enough screen! I can't even remember where she wore it - but when I saw this picture I knew I had to add it to my list. It's so sweet. :-)
Melanie's Grey Dress
I know this is not supposed to be Melanie's prettiest dress, but, according to myself, this mauve/grey/white/dove-coloured dress with the huge rosy ribbon looks absolutely darling on dear Melanie! Melanie is my favourite character in the movie and I wish she'd had gotten more nice dresses!
Melanie's Blue Dress
Of course Melanie has the AMAZING blue silk dress she wears to Scarlett's wedding (where she marries Ashley's brother).  We can hardly see the dress in the movie, so thank goodness Olivia de Havilland wore it for the official posed photos! This gown is beautiful, elegant, and oh - my favourite of all the Gone with the Wind dresses. I know. Says a lot, right?
Scarlett's White Dress
But of course! Scarlett's beautiful frilled white dress - the one we all die to wear - the one she wears in the first scene! Oh it's such a delicious dress - so frilly, fussy, creamy, lacy... I could go on and on, sighing and swooning the whole way through. I would like to get married in a dress like this one - it's so SCRUMPTIOUS.

What is your favourite dress in Gone with the Wind?
Do you like the Fashion in that Era?


Emma Game ~ Answers!

 Thanks for playing all! Here are all the answers, personality quiz results and the final winner!

Hat Game


#1 Emma Woodhouse (2009 version)
#2 Harriet Smith (1997 version)
#3 Emma Woodhouse (1997 version)
#4 Mrs Bates (1996 version)
#5 Harriet Smith (1996 version)
#6 Mrs Elton (2009 version)

Players Scores:
Heidi: 60
Melody: 60
E. Kate: 50
Joanna: 50
Rose P: 50
Emma Jane: 40
Nathalie: 40

Unscramble game

#1 Hiaetrdfl ... Hartfield
#2 Er M. ... Mr E.
#3 Onldwel ... Donwell
#4 Dxion ... Dixon
#5 Obx Hlil ... Box Hill
#6 Hyigrhbu ... Highbury

#7 Sacnoinsnel Rlgi! ... Nonsensical Girl!
#8 Mema Doswoohue ... Emma Woodhouse

Players Scores:
Elizabeth D: 80
Emma Jane: 80
Hamlette: 80
Heidi: 80
Joanna: 80
Melody: 80
Nathalie: 80
Rose P: 80
E. Kate: 70
Dress game

#1 Harriet Smith (1996 version)
#2 Emma Woodhouse (1997 version)
#3 Emma Woodhouse (2009 version)
#4 Harriet Smith (1997 version)
#5 Emma Woodhouse (1996 version)
#6 Miss Taylor/ Mrs Weston (2009 version)
#7 Mrs Elton (2009 version)
#8 Miss Taylor/ Mrs Weston (1996 version)

Players Scores:
Heidi: 80
Melody: 80
E. Kate: 70
Nathalie: 70
Joanna: 60
Rose P: 50
Emma Jane: 30

Emma (novel) snippits game
Who is Jane Austen describing?

#1…. Emma handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

#2... Miss Taylor / Mrs Weston was less as a governess than a friend, very fond of both daughters, but particularly of Emma.

#3 … Mr Weston was a man of unexceptionable character, easy fortune, suitable age, and pleasant manners; and there was some satisfaction in considering with what self-denying, generous friendship she (Emma) had always wished and promoted the match.

#4 … Mr Knightley, a sensible man about seven or eight-and-thirty, was not only a very old and intimate friend of the family… had a cheerful manner…

#5 … Mr Woodhouse... he was a much older man in ways than in years; and though everywhere beloved for the friendliness of his heart and his amiable temper, his talents could not have recommended him at any time.
#6 …  Harriet Smith certainly was not clever, but she had a sweet, docile, grateful disposition; was totally free from conceit; and only desiring to be guided by any one she looked up to.

Players Scores:
Hamlette: 60
Heidi: 60
Nathalie: 60
Melody: 60
Rose P: 60
Emma Jane: 50
Joanna: 50
E. Kate: 40
Eye game

#1 Mr Elton / 2009 version
#2 Frank Churchill / 1996 version
#3 Mrs Elton / 1997 version
#4 Mr Knightley / 1997 version
#5 Emma Woodhouse / 1996 version
#6 Jane Fairfax / 2009 version
#7 Harriet Smith / 1997 version
#8 Mr Knightley / 2009 version
#9 Mr Knightley / 1996 version

Players Scores:
Heidi: 90
Melody: 90
Emma Jane: 80
Joanna: 80
Nathalie: 80
Rose P: 80
E. Kate: 70

Final Winner(s!)
You all did very well, and the winners are Heidi and Melody, with all the answers correct! Well done girls!!!

Personality Quiz results
And as for the personality quiz... here are all your results!
Nathalie: Emma Woodhouse
Hamlette: Jane Fairfax
Joanna: Miss Bates
Elizabeth Anne D: Mrs Elton
Evie: Anne Taylor/ Mrs Elton
Heidi: Emma Woodhouse/ Anne Taylor/ Jane Fairfax
Rose P.: Emma Woodhouse/ Harriet Smith

Do not despair if you aren't happy with your results. Elizabeth Anne D and Evie, I'm sure you're nothing like Mrs Elton. You both had many different answers and the only Mrs Elton's answers were the musical answers. This personality quiz was by no means professional, it was just for fun. :-)

Thanks so much for playing!