A Magical Letter – Part Thirteen

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Thirteen – A Spanner in the Works

 

Only a week now separated Anne and Wentworth from their wedding day.

Every possible preparation had been dealt with, every dress or shoe or headdress been bought, any paperwork been gone through. The affianced couple finally had the opportunity to take a bit of leisure time and enjoy each other’s company, often seeking quiet, lonely places, such as dark corners in garden and house. Many a time Wentworth, deeply in love, could not help himself and had to pull Anne into his arms and kiss her. She, loving him beyond everything, was all too willingly surrendering to him.

To her own amazement – and secret joy – Anne learned something about herself during those enchanting moments of discrete intimacy with Frederick; she was longing for yet more intimate encounters with her dear husband-to-be. Ironically enough, Elliot’s doings – disgusting as they had been to her – had revealed sensations in her hitherto virginal body. She was aching to rediscover these sensations through Frederick’s touch, after they were married. Although she was somewhat ashamed of her thoughts on this subject, Anne could not help but feeling a thrilling anticipation over what was to come.

 

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Bath, April 10th 1816

 

Tomorrow is my wedding day.

How I am managing to write these words without a trembling hand, I do not know but there it is. I do not believe there is a more happy woman in all the world than I, Anne Elliot! Even the absence of my family will not put a damper on my joy; of that I am truly convinced.

 

Father has not shown himself nor has he given word.

I do not understand why he is acting as if I were the one that offended him when I did not. I never did anything to hurt him. I have loved him, helped him, worked for him without a word of complaint, all the years after Mother’s death. My only rebellion against him is my marriage to Frederick, and I do not think this is worth all the fuss he makes. His attitude pains me greatly, of course. Without my dear Frederick I do not know how I would be able to bear this.

 

My sister Elizabeth has not deigned to visit either. I now realise that she must have hated me for a long time, probably all my life. How is such a thing possible? Why can we not have an affectionate sisterly relationship and enjoy great pleasure together?

 

My cousin, William Elliot, has been in the custody of the Bath Constabulary for about a week, but after that, his attorney of law managed to bail him out. He has retired to his estate in Kent. I hope I will never set eyes on him again for the rest of my life.

 

I hear the door bell ringing. Someone must be visiting and I shall conclude my writing here.

 

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“Anne, dear sister! I am in the greatest of uproars, so great that I cannot eat nor drink nor sleep! I am so weak and ill! Anne, you must help me! I do not know how to proceed! Sit still, Charlie! Lizzie, leave that be! Oh, my poor head!”

Anne barely had the time to intercept her two-year old niece Elizabeth before she could grab the delicate porcelain figurine on the side table and smash it to the floor. Her nephew Charles Junior sat on the settee, already wriggling in boredom and ready to dash about the room. She looked at Sophie in bewilderment and shock.

Sophie Croft addressed Anne’s sister Mary Musgrove in a friendly way when she asked, “My dear Mrs Musgrove, how nice of you to visit! Are these your lovely children? How …”

Mary, impetuous and rash as always, interrupted her.

“Mrs Croft! Anne! I am at a complete loss! I do not know how I will survive this, if ever! I am forced to leave my husband Charles as I cannot stand to be in his presence a moment longer!”

She dabbed her eyes with a fine lace handkerchief and sniffed emphatically. Anne, reeling from what she had just heard, asked, “But, Mary, am I to understand that you left Charles’s house after you had a disagreement with him?”

“A disagreement?”

Mary’s voice had now reached the level of shrillness it always gained when she was pressing an argument.

“It is much more than a simple disagreement, Anne, I assure you! It is a rift, a break-up! I am leaving him and I intend to file for a divorce!”

 

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An hour later, Mary, her children, her nanny and her maid – both of which she had brought along – were settled into a suite of rooms in Admiral Croft’s spacious Bath town house. Food had been served, and the Croft’s family doctor had been summoned to tend to the heavily pregnant Mary. Indeed, Anne’s sister was in her last month and she did not bear the burden of her third pregnancy well. Anne was thoroughly upset with worry on that part.

Now, Anne and Sophie had retired into Sophie’s private sitting room to discuss what was to be done with this newly presented fact. Fortunately, Frederick and the Admiral arrived soon thereafter and were informed of the latest events.

“Well,” Frederick said, “I was wondering what would transpire next to compromise our wedding day but I am sure I could never have foreseen this. Why does your sister turn to you, my love, when she has a father and an older spinster sister to confide in?”

Anne smiled bleakly.

“Because, dearest, I am the one to be burdened with all the trouble that befalls my family. I am the one to deal with all their problems and predicaments, sooth all their pains and illnesses, imaginary or other, lend a compassionate ear to all their grievances. Can you understand how utterly sick and tired I am growing of all this?”

“Indeed, I can, my sweet, and it shall end here and now! Admiral, I beg you to accompany me to Mary’s husband, Charles Musgrove. I want him to come and collect his family and no nonsense about  it!”

Unbroken 2014

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The beautiful Theme Music “Unbroken” by Alexandre Desplat (King’s Speech)

 

 

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Crimson Peak 2015 (release 10.16.2015)

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Release Oct 16, 2015
Title:
Crimson Peak 2015
Rate:
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Era:
Victorian
Genre
Horror
Plot:
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.

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Director:
Guillermo del Toro
Writer / Screenplay:
Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins
Major Cast:
Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain
Film Locations:
  • Pinewood Toronto Studios, Port Lands, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Dundurn Castle, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    (Casa Loma)
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Ontario, Canada
  • Canada
Links:
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Unbroken 2014 – Jack O’Connell

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Date of Birth 1 August 1990Derby, England, UK
Height 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jack O’Connell was born in Alvaston, Derby, England, to Alison J. (Gutteridge) and John Patrick O’Connell. His mother is English, and worked at British Midland, and his father was Irish (from County Kerry), and worked on the railways for Bombardier. Jack went to Saint Benedict Catholic School, and began acting professionally playing Connor Yates in a 2005 episode of the television series Doctors (2000). His subsequent TV roles included 4 episodes of The Bill (1984), 6 of The Runaway (2010), and 18 of the popular teen drama Skins (2007).

He made his film debut playing Pukey Nicholls in 2006’s This Is England (2006), later co-starring in Eden Lake (2008), Harry Brown (2009), Private Peaceful (2012) and The Somnambulists (2011), before receiving critical acclaim for his lead roles as a jailed teenager in Starred Up (2013) and a British soldier in Belfast in ’71 (2014).

O’Connell made his Hollywood debut as Greek soldier Calisto in the graphic novel-based action-war film 300: Rise of an Empire (2014), and then played Olympic distance runner and World War II POW Louis Zamperini in the Angelina Jolie-directed war drama Unbroken (2014). His upcoming roles include The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2016) and Money Monster (2015), the latter with George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Serena 2014 (US 2015) Amazon On Demand

 

Serena 2014 (c.1930s)

Title:
 Serena  2015  (Amazon On Demand)
Rate:
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Era:
 Post Edwardian  1930 s
Genre
 Drama
Plot:
Adapted from the novel by Ron Rash, director Susanne Bier’s romantic period drama Serena details the deteriorating relationship between North Carolina timber magnate George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) and his fiercely independent, entrepreneurial-minded wife Serena (Jennifer Lawrence) following a devastating miscarriage. A woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind and relishes the opportunity for manual labor in the forest, the enigmatic Serena subsequently grows intensely jealous of the woman who previously bore her husband a son, and quickly begins to unravel over suspicions that George is sheltering his illegitimate family. Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones co-star.

Director:
 Susanne Bier
Writer / Screenplay:
 Christopher Kyle (screenplay), Ron Rash (based on the book by)
Major Cast:
 Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhys Ifans
Film Locations:
  • Czech Republic
  • Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Denmark
Links:

A Magical Letter – Part Twelve

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Twelve – Wedding Preparations

 

“Forgive you, Frederick? But … but where in all this is your fault? Or mine?”

“Anne, I should have insisted that you come with me that night! Then nothing of this would have taken place!”

“No, my love, you are blaming yourself unjustly. Nothing could have prevented it.”

 

 

Anne looked around her for the first time. They were alone, in a large, pretty bedroom with walls of fainted pink and light, elegant furniture. She should have felt embarrassment, alarm, because they were without a chaperone, yet she did not. All this petty, unimportant behaviour of Society did no longer affect her. There was, however, one really important issue she wanted to tell her Frederick.

“My love … you must listen to what I have to say, it is of the utmost importance. You must act with the greatest sincerity in this matter for it will have consequences for the rest of our lives. Will you give me your soldier’s word on this?”

Wentworth turned an alarmed look to her and said with vehemence:

“Dear Lord, Anne! May God strike me down if ever I should not be sincere with you in our future life and marriage! Of course you have my word but you also put me through the greatest of fears! What is it that is troubling you so?”

Steeling herself for what she had to say, Anne took a deep, shuddering breath and turned her face away from his bright, loving gaze.

“Frederick … I am no longer … he did something … I fear I cannot come to you as I might have wished to …”

A little sob prevented her from speaking. How was she to explain to him what she was feeling? She was ruined! She was violated! Elliot’s eyes had beheld her while she had been naked! Swallowing back her tears of shame, Anne continued, “If you want to break our engagement, for fear of what people might say, I …”

Wentworth’s strong grasp lifted her to his chest and his arms crushed her to him.

“Anne, I beg you, do not speak like this! I love you with the fiercest of loves and nothing, do you hear, absolutely nothing is going to prevent me from making you my wife!”

She was weeping against the warmth of his shoulder now.

“But, Frederick, he … he saw me … he touched me … while I … while I had no clothes on me! I am no longer pure. He has stolen my innocence from me.”

His heart bleeding, Wentworth took her face into his hands and forced her to look him in the eye.

“Anne, my dearest, look at me. He has done nothing of the kind. Mrs Smith, who came with me, took care of you. She went in with our doctor, when he examined you, and she will confirm it to you what he said afterwards. You have not been touched, Anne, you are still intact. The only thing he can claim is to have seen you in a less than proper state but, if he ever threatens to breathe a word about that, I will personally rip his tongue out of his mouth! God! I could have throttled him!”

His words lifted some of her anxiety, but not all. “Yes, that might be true, but … you should have been the first to …”

Now he crushed her mouth with his and then, gradually, softened his lips in a sweet, feathery kiss. When he released her trembling lips, his voice was warm and gentle. “That may be so, dearest, but I will be the one who is blessed and lucky enough to see your beautiful body every day of our lives, from now until the day we die. I am the happiest man alive, Anne, do not take that away from me with unfounded fears.”

Anne knew then that her beloved Frederick would never hold against her what had transpired in the previous days, and she gave herself over into his ardent embrace.

 

From that moment on, matters spun out of their grasp, for Sophie, Frederick’s sister, took them in hand. She was simply delighted to be able to make preparations for a proper wedding. Sophie and the Admiral had no children of their own, to their great sorrow, and arranging her dear brother’s wedding brought Sophie the greatest joy.

Every day from then on, Anne was being whisked away to the shops of seamstresses, milliners, jewellers, shoemakers and hairdressers to a point, that her head was spinning when, at last, she was allowed to sit again in the evening. When she asked Frederick how the deuce she was going to pay for all that, he just took her into the circle of his arms, kissed her firmly on her mouth  and replied she was not to worry about a thing at all. All the expenses of their wedding were to be on his account as a part of his wedding present to her.

“As to the subject of wedding presents, my sweet,” Wentworth said, “I have some small one I want to show to you. Please, would you do me the honour of accompanying me on a trip?”

These words he spoke on a lovely morning early April 1816 and the sun was shining brightly, the breeze was balmy and one could sense the coming of Spring. So Anne donned a dove-grey morning suit and matching white silk blouse and allowed her betrothed to drive her away in his carriage, destination unknown. On one point Frederick – after having kissed her – gently blindfolded her, whispering into her ear that it was part of the surprise.

 

 

When the carriage stopped, Frederick took her hand, helped her out of it and led her a few paces away from it. He removed her blindfold and said, his voice full of gentle, genuine love:

“It thought you might want to see your wedding present;”

Before Anne’s happily astonished gaze, Kellynch, her family home appeared!

In a bright haze of pure happiness, Anne then and there realised that Captain Frederick Wentworth did truly love her!

Child 44 (2015)

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Title:
 Child 44  (2015)
Rate:
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Era:
 WW II
Genre
 Drama, Thriller
Plot:
 Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders — a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.” Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, with costumes designed by Jenny Beavan.A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, CHILD 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.” Summit Entertainment presents in association with Worldview Entertainment a Scott Free production, a Daniel Espinosa film.

Director:
 Daniel Espinosa
Writer / Screenplay:
 Richard Price (screenplay), Tom Rob Smith (novel)
Major Cast:
 Tom Hardy
Gary Oldman
Noomi Rapace
Joel Kinneman
Jason Clarke
Film Locations:
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Ostrava, Czech Republic
Links:
 Official site
 France Apr 15, 2015
Argentina Apr 16, 2015
Greece Apr 16, 2015
United Kingdom Apr 17, 2015
Cambodia Apr 17, 2015
Poland Apr 17, 2015
Romania Apr 17, 2015
United States Apr 17, 2015
Russia Apr 23, 2015
Lithuania Apr 24, 2015
Denmark Apr 30, 2015
Netherlands Apr 30, 2015
Norway May 1, 2015
Sweden May 1, 2015
Portugal May 7, 2015
Brazil May 21, 2015
Germany Jun 4, 2015

Release in Theaters April 17, 2015

 

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Child 44 (2015)

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Tom Hardy
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Gary Oldman
Noomi Rapace
Noomi Rapace
Joel Kinnaman
Joel Kinnaman
Jason Clarke
Jason Clarke

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