For archival purposes, I feel it necessary to document my feelings pertaining to the Chelsie beach pictures:
I just can’t even.
I believe my reaction was something like:
"Praise Baby Jesus, it’s a Christmas miracle. Oh, frabjous day. Callooh! Callay!"
Five minutes later:
"I’m being trolled, aren’t I?"
I just figured out what that scrap of paper says:
"HE’S BEHIND YOU!!!!!!!!"
Chelsie Fans: RING RECEIPT!!!
Bates Fans: TICKET STUB!!!!
Me: What is up with that waistcoat?
Before the Spoilers:
Alright, exams are over in a week. I’ll have loads of time to plan out the ridiculously dark fic I’ve been working on in time for the Crimbo special.
After the Spoilers:
FEELS!!! SUCH FEELS!!! OH, I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE….
am i the only one that’s looking at these carson/hughes pictures and thinking that they are just shots from the production day rather than stills from an episode? i bet you they don’t appear anywhere in the show
Oh, say ain’t it so. I’ll probably agree with you, just as soon as my annual five minutes of shipper-related optimism are over.
A recent development that I’m sure you’re all aware of reminded me of this wee gem from the ITV back-catalogue:
"Do you even know what a man and a woman do when they love each other very much?"
"Of course I do - they roll around in the sand and the waves crash over them. Is that how babies are made?"
On second thought, let’s not go on tumblr. It is a silly place.
I agree so much with all of this. I like your point about Mrs. Hughes loving Anna a lot more than the other way around. I suspect that that might be an age thing. Like, I’ve never had any reason to doubt that me and my sister are the most important people in our parents’ lives, but I get the feeling that it won’t be until I have children of my own that I’ll really be able to grasp just how much they love the two of us.
(Incidentally, this comes up Gosford Park, which has one of the characters talk about how she believes that loving someone is worthwhile regardless of whether or not your feelings are returned. Granted, in context this was to do with romantic love, but I can’t resist noticing a motif.)
Anna did mention her actual mother very briefly once:
"Fight fire with fire, that’s what my mum says."
I know that what we’re supposed take away from this line is that while Anna is sweet, she’s no pushover, but I think we can infer from it that her mother has had a meaningful and positive presence in her life. Mrs. Hughes, on the other hand, doesn’t have anyone to call her own, so it makes sense that she would care more for Anna than vice versa.
It’s interesting as well that you should touch on her being God-fearing because her understanding of God would probably be quite different to all the other characters, assuming they all have some sort of religious sensibility in keeping with the time period. I’ll try my best to explain without going into too much rambling detail.
The Church of Scotland and The Church of England, while they are in communion with one another, are separate entities.The Kirk is seen as being more dour and austere than it’s southern counterpart. The Anglican church (the kind we see in Downton) is quite easy-oasy and moderate in comparison. Moreover, as you get out into more rural areas (like Argyll) you get the really small free churches (pejoratively referred to as “The Wee Frees”) which tend to be very small-c conservative and bigger on the “damned-for-all-time” way of doing things. I’m paraphrasing a lot (and as a former member of Branson’s team I’m by no means the best person to do it) but basically what this boils down to is that God is a lot scarier in Scotland. All this only serves to make Mrs. Hughes all the more badass by going against all this for Anna’s sake.
Mentioning perjury, I only just now realised, with the help of one of the deleted scenes, that two series ago she was cut up about telling the truth in court, but this time when she was backed into a corner she chose to lie. The beginnings of darker side, perhaps? Anyway, I’m eager to see what the Christmas special will reveal about this plotline, for better or worse.