Friday, April 15, 2016

Inkling Explorations // April 2016




  Joining up with Heidi's Inkling Explorations, here are a few descriptions of Marguerite Blakeney from The Scarlet Pimpernel.

  Marguerite Blakeney was then scarcely five-and-twenty, and her beauty was at its most dazzling stage. The large hat, with its undulating and waving plumes, threw a soft shadow across the classic brow with the aureole of auburn hair—free at the moment from any powder; the sweet, almost childlike mouth, the straight chiselled nose, round chin, and delicate throat, all seemed set off by the picturesque costume of the period. The rich blue velvet robe moulded in its every line the graceful contour of the figure, whilst one tiny hand held, with a dignity all its own, the tall stick adorned with a large bunch of ribbons which fashionable ladies of the period had taken to carrying recently.

  Lord Grenville took a hasty farewell of the ladies and slipped back into his box, where M. Chauvelin had sat through this ENTR'ACTE, with his eternal snuff-box in his hand, and with his keen pale eyes intently fixed upon a box opposite him, where, with much frou-frou of silken skirts, much laughter and general stir of curiosity amongst the audience, Marguerite Blakeney had just entered, accompanied by her husband, and looking divinely pretty beneath the wealth of her golden, reddish curls, slightly besprinkled with powder, and tied back at the nape of her graceful neck with a gigantic black bow. Always dressed in the very latest vagary of fashion, Marguerite alone among the ladies that night had discarded the crossover fichu and broad-lapelled over-dress, which had been in fashion for the last two or three years. She wore the short-waisted classical-shaped gown, which so soon was to become the approved mode in every country in Europe. It suited her graceful, regal figure to perfection, composed as it was of shimmering stuff which seemed a mass of rich gold embroidery.

  The moon had sunk low down behind a bank of clouds. In the east a soft grey light was beginning to chase away the heavy mantle of the night. He could only see her graceful outline now, the small queenly head, with its wealth of reddish golden curls, and the glittering gems forming the small, star-shaped, red flower which she wore as a diadem in her hair.

  

12 comments:

  1. The last one is my favorite - the imagery is beautiful! And so vivid <3

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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  2. Captivating! ~Taz

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  3. I love this description of Marguerite! Hehe, strangely enough, I read that very description just yesterday :)

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  4. Ahhhh! This book is SO fabulous :D

    Awesome choice!

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  5. I LOVE your choice! And this book for that matter. :) I just finished reading it for the second time and decided that we need another movie. I know they have done movies before but we need another one. So my sister and I came up with a dream cast. Haha. You can read more about that here:
    http://writeoncordy.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-scarlet-pimpernel-dream-cast.html?showComment=1461383769289#c6523072539117172108
    As you are a SP fan, I would love to know what you think of our casting choices. :D
    Meanwhile, again, I love your selections here!!

    ~Cordy

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    1. :) Yes, this book is awesome! And as I said on your blog, I had never thought of Tom as Sir Percy (we had cast him as Andrew alongside BC as Percy), but I think he would do a magnificent job!

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