Monday, January 9, 2012

A Woman's Heart


"Even I know that the heart exists for more than just pumping blood"
-Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith)




The women of Downton Abbey are wealthy, well-dressed and expected to marry well.  The Season II premiere was a feast of gorgeous clothes, sumptuous interiors, unchallenged privilege and a peek into the expectations of women of that time.  I admit it, I loved it...the extravagance of it all.

Is this an accurate depiction of a woman's heart?  A core of love surrounded by the sea of wealth and regions of love of display, love of dress, coquetry and a love of admiration.

A Map of the Open Country of a Woman's Heart
1833-1842
via here

Surely we've progressed since the time of this illustration and the women depicted on Downton Abbey. Or maybe not...




2 comments:

Mrs. Blandings said...

Have you read The Discomfort Zone by Franzen? He has a similar illustration as the cover. It did not make me judge the book, but it might have encouraged me to introduce myself.

Jennifer C. Webb said...

Just checked out the cover. Wow you have a great eye...and maybe a photographic memory? Have not read it, love the description of his growth from a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person." Ha, I think may need to read this one! Thank you for the introduction, Mrs. Blandings is a daily read for me

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