Secondary Character Saturday Alan Rickman: Colonel Brandon

Really ticked that I need to reblog yet another of my favorite posts because some one wonderful has passed away. But…

I used to do Secondary Character Saturdays where I’d dedicate a month’s worth of Saturdays to the favorite characters played by my favorite actors. Alan Rickman, with his long list of movies was an easy choice, and his Col. Brandon was / is a sweet pick.

I know Colin Firth’s fabulous turn as Mr. Darcy remains most people’s gateway (film) drug to Jane Austen, but Rickman’s Col. Brandon has always been mine.

I shall miss his droll wit and excellent dramatic presence at the movies. RIP Alan Rickman

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Who: Colonel Brandon

From: Sense and Sensibility

Title page from the first edition of Jane Aust...

By: Jane Austen 

Published: 1811

Pros: Kind, considerate, thoughtful, decent, patient, gentle, faithful, honorable, sensitive, generous, caring… and , oh, yeah, RICH.

Although reserved and not passionate, he has a very good heart and helps out those in distress. His charitable behavior toward Eliza Williams and Edward Ferrars makes him the unnoticed knight in shining armor. [Book Rags.com]

Cons: Unromantic (on the surface at least), dull, remote, joyless, grave.  He appears stern and dour. especially when compared to Willoughby.

English: "when Colonel Brandon appeared i... English: “when Colonel Brandon appeared it was too great a shock to be borne with calmness” – Marianne, expecting Willoughby, leaves after Colonel Brandon appears. Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. London: George Allen, 1899. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most Shining Moment: Traveling from Cleveland to Barton Cottage overnight to fetch Mrs. Dashwood…

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A Year of Quotes, 1.12.16

Continuing with Oscar Wilde…

Yes, the public is wonderfully tolerant.
It forgives everything except genius.

The Critic as Artist

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David Bowie 1.6.13 Thought oh the Day

RIP You were my hero for more than one day. [Reblog from the Birthday Post I did for Bowie’s b-day in 2013]

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I’m an instant star.  just add water and stir.”
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[Image courtesy Fashion Office Buzz) [Image courtesy Fashion Office Buzz) David Robert Jones was born on this day in Brixton, London, England in 1947. He is 66 years old.

He attended local schools in Brixton and Bromley. He took choir– his voice was given a grade of average. — and learned to play the recorder. At home his father bought a stack of American 45s and introduced young David to Rock and Roll. Inspired by Little Richard and Elvis Presley he amped up his music cred by adding ukulele and tea-chest bass to the mix.

At age thirteen, inspired by the jazz of the London West End, he picked up the saxophone and called up Ronnie Ross for lessons. Early bands he played with – The Kon-Rads, The King Bees, the Mannish Boys and the Lower Third –provided him with an introduction into…

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A Year of Quotes 1.9.16

Continuing with Oscar Wilde month…

It’s most dangerous nowadays for a husband to pay any attention to his wife in public. It  always makes people think that he beats her when they’re alone.

— Lady Windermere’s Fan

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A Year of Quotes 1.8.1

Another classic from Mr. Wilde…

 

To love oneself is the beginning
of a lifelong romance.

–An Ideal Husband

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A Year of Quotes 1.7.1

Another wonderful quote by Oscar Wilde…

 

Miss Prism: No married man is ever attractive except to his wife.
Chasuble: And often, I’ve been told, not even to her.

–The Importance of Being Earnest

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A Year of Quotes 1.5.16

Continuing with Oscar Wilde month here’s a gem about the state of matrimony from Lady Windermere’s Fan. The play premiered on February 22nd, 1892 at London’s St. James’s Theatre.

Our husbands would really forget our existence if we didn’t nag at them from time to time, just to remind them that we have a perfect legal right to do so.

Lady Windermere’s Fan

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(Yes, I’m going to run out of Oscar Wilde images before the month is out. Indulge me while I can still come up with new ones.)

A Year of Quotes 1.4.16

Mr. Wilde is at it again… This one comes from his play, A Woman of No Importance. The play was originally staged at London’s Haymarket Theatre  in the Spring of 1893. Wilde wrote it at the urging of the Haymarket’s actor-manager, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who wanted to duplicate the success of Lady Windermere’s Fan which premiered a the St. James Theatre the previous season.

One should never trust a woman
who tells one her real age.

A woman who would tell one that,
would tell one anything.

–A Woman of No Importance

Here’s a link to the free e-book of the play courtesy the Guttenberg Project.

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A Year of Quotes 1.3.16

Continuing with Oscar Wilde month…

My experience is that as soon as
people are old enough to know better,
they don’t know anything at all.

–Lady Windermere’s Fan

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