Thursday, May 13, 2010

Betty and the Real World

The Silver Thaw:
Two perfumes are used by Amelia. Miss Dior (sage and gardenia with floral rose and jasmine accents, and is given a more complex note with patchouli) and L'Air Du Temps (gardenia, musk, rose, carnation and sandalwood). These sound perfect for a feminine single gal who is also on the mature side.

When Gideon and Amelia travel to Tromso they visit the cathedral; 'just like a mountain'. References say it seats 720 people. (whistle)

Cousin Babs' wedding is one great whacking cliche after another. The guests sing The Voice That Breathed O'er Eden. This is not one I'm familiar with (though have read of it being sung a lot) so ask, is this a Protestant thing, a Brit thing or an old people thing? Here are some lyrics:
Be present, loving Father,
To give away this bride
As Thou gav'st Eve to Adam,
A helpmeet at his side.
Be present, Son of Mary,
To join their loving hands
As Thou didst bind two natures
In Thine eternal bands.

Also at Babs' reception Amelia sees 'a modern painting which looked like the enthusiastic efforts of a very small child'. For a woman who had spent years of her life soaking in the museums of Holland (a lovely kind of afterlife to me), Betty must have had very little patience for drips and drops.

When Amelia has her dawning realization she thinks of the lyrics from Some Enchanted Evening. As they are in a crowded room and their eyes meet, Gideon is thinking the same thing. Here's the pertinent part:
Some enchanted evening
You may see a stranger,
you may see a stranger

Across a crowded room

And somehow you know,

You know even then

That somewhere you'll see her

Again and again
South Pacific is not one of my all time faves. (Though the music is gorgeous.) I don't think it's aged really well. Nellie is supposed to be a racist for discovering that her Frenchman has a couple of island children but I contend that at least 35% of her disillusionment has to do with finding out He. Has. Children....And. Didn't. Tell. Her...And. She. Didn't. Sign. Up. For. Motherhood. But she's the bad guy.

Heaven Around the Corner:
The movie shown in the community center in Norway is The Sound of Music...Louisa had seen it more times than she could count. I adore thinking of movies (in the time before VHS and basic cable) touring movie theatres for years after their original release date. I have read at least two other authors (Dingwell and Summers, I think) who mention heroines heading off to see TSOM for consecutive times. And can you blame them?

After the movie, it's time for dancing. Dancing to ABBA!!! Betty Debbie is some years older then this Betty but she was glad to inculcate me with a love for the wonderful world of ABBA. Did you know that the couples were married (Benny to Anni-Frid, Bjorn to Agnetha) and that after they divorced, Anni-Frid went on to marry a German prince of the former sovereign house of Reuss--called Her Serene Highness Princess Anni-Frid Synni Reuss, Countess of Plauen. Now, let's Waterloo, just because we can.


  1. Love your picture of ABBA! I'm pretty sure I used to have valances in my kitchen that were identical to the weird ruffly thing they're wearing over their bosoms...

  2. Betty Barbara here--
    Sound of Music--ahhh, that brings back memories of a bunch of teenage girls who went to see it more times than is really necessary during its first run. Yes, those were the days when really popular first run movies could play at a first run theater for a year!
    South Pacific--by the time I saw it (in the 60's), Nellie's 'racism' made NO sense to me. (Of course I was living in Hawaii at the time and had a major crush on a really cute 'mixed race' kid.) I think you nailed it with the 'You have kids?? and didn't tell me??!?!?'
    And I agree with Betty Debbie--love that pic of the ABBA ladies. Must have gold boots!!

  3. That's exactly it. I think I'm too young for the racism thing to resonate. Mijnheer van Voorhees is brown and so are my Beanerschnitzles and several of my siblings. Racism (shrug). Kids (Dude!).

  4. Betty Keira: You said "beanerschnitzles!" Too funny! I agree, it's really important to mention those kiddos, and any ex-wives, and wives you're still married to.....etc.

  5. My husband is half Mexican and half Dutch/German. When a fella at his work (curiously of the same heritage) told him he called himself a Beanerschnitzel I thought, "I can die now. The zenith of my comedic life has just been reached. It's all downhill from here..."

  6. I love the whole Dior line! My fave: Diorissimo (hope that's how you spell it). She also mentions Elizabeth Arden cosmetics and they were top of the line back in Betty time :)

  7. I think there is more than one book in which a plain little Araminta is given a large basket of Elizabeth Arden by some little horrors, I mean children, who say it will help her be beautiful.