So, I was watching The Woman in Black the other night, and seeing Daniel Radcliffe sporting sideburns and wearing sober Victorian garb really reminded me of RA.
With those keen blue eyes and dark hair, Daniel could play a relative of Mr. Thornton’s–perhaps a younger cousin?
Also, I have to say Daniel’s really grown up into a very handsome, as well as talented, young man. And such a sweetie! With a tad of a goofy grin.
This is one of those words that I love to say: mellifluous. It flows so beautifully.
And I love its meaning and how I connect it to Richard Armitage. Mellifluous (adjective): pleasant to hear, pleasant and soothing to listen to, and sweet and rich in tone. Oh, my–isn’t he just??
Synonyms for mellifluous include smooth, flowing, melodious, honeyed, silky, mellow, dulcet, soothing.
So, let’s listen to a little of Mr. A’s honeyed, melodious, mellifluous voice.
(And I’d like to hear him say that word, too.)
Balsamaceous: (adjective): Possessing healing or restorative properties.
The word derives from the Latin balsamum, “resin of the balm tree.” The substance is historically celebrated for its aroma and healing properties.
Dr. Track is a healer by profession, and with his steadfast dedication and delightful bedside manner, he certainly makes us feel better.
And whilst John Porter is a tough soldier by trade with kickass skills, his gentleness and compassion helped Katie through the trauma of her captivity even as he worked to free her. This balsamaceous hero is tops in our books.
Our Victorian hero, Mr. Thornton, restores our belief in foolish passion and sweet romance. Surely he’s been a balm to many a troubled spirit.
Dear Harry Kennedy. His sweet, sunny, nurturing nature–perhaps a reflection of his CReAtor’s own lovely character?–cannot fail to bring a smile to our faces and a warm tug on our hearts.
Just a few examples of Mr. A’s balsamaceous characters. But of course, the most balsamaceous of them all is the man himself.
Lovely, funny, brilliant, modest, insightful, endearing, charismatic . . . how you touch our hearts, minds and souls, Richard Armitage.
John Thornton was the leading role that really put Richard on the radar for many fans. Now few can imagine anyone else filling the Victorian mill owner’s shoes better than Richard Armitage did. Whilst The Hobbit hasn’t yet debuted on the big screen, I have no doubt Thorin will become his second iconic role, winning him scads of new fans worldwide. Here’s to two amazing chaRActers carefully crafted and filled with passion and purpose by our RA: Thornton and Thorin!!
I woke up early this morning and slipped outside to the balcony to watch the sun rise. It was still chilly and dampish and my knit zip-front jacket felt good.
As I sipped my coffee (made super strong to suit my BIL; I trick it out with liberal amounts of half and half and sugar), I could hear the deep, rather mournful sound of the foghorn in the distance. The exterior lights lining the board walks to the beach still glowed.
I think it’s going to be another beautiful day in this little taste of paradise.
And speaking of paradise . . .
The dark brows drawn slightly together, a furrow between them. Pensive, apprehensive. The eyes, framed in a fringe of dark lashes, half in shadow, so intense. The sculpted plane of those high cheekbones. A delicately shaped mouth, both soft and firmly resolute. The chin, strong and masculine. A man of beauty. A man of reflection. A man of character.
I did get some well-needed sleep during the day after being awake all night. I was feeling marginally better earlier but seem to be going downhill again. I still sound like a man. I hope the rest of you out there dealing with sinus/allergy/colds/bronchitis and what have you, are improving. Take care, everyone. Time to try to eat supper.
Some North & South fanart done in variety of painting styles/mediums and photo effects courtesy of BeFunky. Today we have some portraits of Margaret, too.
According to The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Bella Puglisi, up to 95 percent of all communication is non-verbal. Even in instances where we are trying not to show our feelings, we are still sending messages through body language. As a writer, I have to make sure my characters express their emotions in ways “that are both recognizable and compelling to read.”
These words made me think of Mr. Armitage, an actor who can speak volumes of dialogue about his characters’ thoughts, feelings, emotions without speaking a word. Think of the wonderful scene at the train station in North & South. As Thornton, he does not have a great deal of dialogue in that scene, and yet–we know so much about this character and what’s going on in his head and heart. A pensive Thornton arriving at the station, the lightening of his expression as he sees Margaret and presents her with the flowers from Helstone. We learn so much by watching his body language, his facial expressions, seeing his attentiveness to Margaret, the way he uses those eloquent and beautiful hands when cupping her face for that kiss
The look of desolation when it seems Margaret is leaving, the dawning recognition that we see in his eyes and smile when he realizes she is, indeed, coming home with him–we can relate to and respond to these emotions so easily. (In no way do I intend to discount Daniela’s contributions here–their onscreen chemistry added immeasurably to the production and particularly to this scene–but the focus here is on RA’s perfomance.)
If good writing involves crafting characters that are both recognizable and compelling to read, then good acting surely means breathing life into characters that are also recognizable and compelling to watch as well as to listen to. Richard Armitage accomplishes that feat very, very well, I think. He is very much a storyteller, and not just in those charming Cbeebies videos.
I really don’t know what to expect from the next few days, weather-wise. We may get hit, we may not. We may lose power, we may not. The generator should arrive tomorrow. We’ve done as much as we can do to prepare, I think. Thumper Cat is once more by my side, my tuxedo-clad, three-legged butterball who provides such comfort and amusement, trying to do her part.
Here are some images from North & South because I need something lovely and sweet and life-affirming to look upon. Maybe you do, too.
I’ve been awake for quite a while. One of those disjointed sort of nights. Worked on the novel a bit, caught up on my emails, watched old movies. Here’s some pretty for the weekend, whatever time of day it may be, wherever you may be. I can feel my eyelids growing heavy again. Perhaps I will dream of some lovely fellow?
I’ve been playing a bit with that photo recently unearthed by dear Kaprekar of Mr. Thornton. Here’s some of what I have done so far.
In case you haven’t noticed, this Thornton guy is really quite attractive. Rock the ‘burns, rocks the cravats, smoulders beautifully and gives swoonworthy kisses. He’s also a hard worker who is good to his mama and his silly goose of a little sister. A man trying to better himself through education. A man who loves with all his heart. Ladies, he’s a catch!