Posted by Marcia on July 28, 1998 at 10:57:31:
In Reply to: Re: Age Of Innocence (DDL) posted by Gayle on July 28, 1998 at 10:39:02:
: There's another level to this, too. What LOOKED right for men as opposed to what LOOKED right for women were considered to be two different things altogether. And guess who set the rules?
Very good point, Gayle! And this double standard is part of what made Ellen such an undesirable match for Newland. Behaviour that would have been tolerated in a man of the era was enough to make her socially unacceptable to everyone who "counted." I liked the comment made the other day about Hawkeye showing up in this film. Can you imagine Newland & Hawkeye's reaction to the same dilemma? While Newland agonized and suffered, and finally did what he had been raised to believe was the "right" thing, Hawkeye surely would have raced through the drawing room, knocking dowagers out of the way and flinging gouty old bankers on their backsides to get to Ellen. Then, wrapping one sturdy arm about her waist, and yelling "Head for the foyer!!", would have whisked her out the front door, into a waiting carriage, and skinned out for Can-Tuck-EE. There, Ellen would have no doubt learned to speak Delaware, given up ciggies in favor of a chaw, and began bearing him many children! *sigh* When I think of it THAT way, it DOES tend to make Newland seem somewhat LESS than macho! ;o)
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