In A Kiss for Julie, Julie Beckworth spends a few nights with Mevrouw Schatt. In the evening, Mevrouw Schatt turns on the lamps in the living room and leaves the curtains open.
"It is the custom," she explained. "We are pleased to let others see how cosily we live." Later on that evening, Simon is out walking his dog and happens to pass by. "He could see Julie sitting in the softly lighted room; she had Mevrouw Schatt's cat on her knee and was laughing."
I don't think Betty Keira will choose Rear Window for Cinema Betty this week, but I have to admit that I thought about it. I just am not that comfortable with having strangers look directly into my home at night. Do I close my blinds at night? Not always - but if I leave them open it's not because I want everyone passing by to see in. I don't know if that's an American peculiarity or just me...but I'm not all that keen on other people seeing me when I don't know they're looking. It's just a bit creepy.
Are you a "curtains open" or a "curtains closed" kind of person? Discuss.