Curse you PBS, now I have another bloody thing I have to watch…
Gee, he doesn’t look like he walked out of my sketchbook or anything…
Let me just state that I totally loathe Romance Novels. That I applaud the latest animations for not including Romance or Princes or crap.
That I’d flee as far from Ms. Brontasaurus as possible.
Then I got hooked on Victoria on PBS. Of course, that stars the latest companion from Doctor Who (Jenna Coleman). It’s also lush, historical, fascinating and Albert Is A True Gentleman Clone Him Already.
Also Nice Horses.
So right after it comes this thing that had More Nice Horses in the trailers… the series trailers, not horse trailers (they hadn’t invented those yet).
Feisty girl in an age when girls were not supposed to be feisty. Likes to be roaming the moors not doing fluffy things in fluffy Victorian garb. Rips off shoes and stockings to go roaming the moors. I like her.
Evil Brother who needs to have his ass kicked into a black hole.
The adopted “gypsy” kid who is wronged in some very big ways, so he grows up to be a Tragic Hero. Which leads to some interesting character development and questions about morality, revenge (best served cold the Klingons say…. Jesus and Buddha and those guys have a different take on that), and the pressures on women of the time to Marry Well not for actual love.
Whatever Love actually means.
I mean, the guy Our Heroine marries is a Nice Guy. On a Nice Horse.
It’s just she loves the “gypsy”…
Father Brown mysteries had an episode featuring Irish “Travellers”… one was a suspect in a murder, the hidden love interest of a wealthy girl, raising all kinds of interesting stuff about deeply rooted racism and classism in the UK in the early 1950s.
Roma (Gypsies) originated in the Punjab region of northern India as a nomadic people and entered Europe between the eighth and tenth centuries C.E. They were called “Gypsies” because Europeans mistakenly believed they came from Egypt. This minority is made up of distinct groups called “tribes” or “nations.”
There are two types of Gypsies – Roma Gypsies and Irish Travellers. Both have a nomadic lifestyle but are separate ethnic groups. 2. There is much debate about their history, however Romany Gypsies are said to have their roots in India and came to Europe in the 13th century, while Travellers are mainly of Irish origin.
Wiki has this to say about this classic that I avoided…
Although Wuthering Heights is now widely regarded as a classic of English literature, contemporary reviews for the novel were deeply polarised; it was considered controversial because its depiction of mental and physical cruelty was unusually stark, and it challenged strict Victorian ideals of the day regarding religious hypocrisy, morality, social classes and gender inequality. The English poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, although an admirer of the book, referred to it as “A fiend of a book – an incredible monster […] The action is laid in hell, – only it seems places and people have English names there.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuthering_Heights
There is a great deal here about social injustice, roles, rank, racism, genderism, social status and other social issues. I have not yet read the wiki plot summary, so at the moment, I can only hope for that Disney ending…
…but with its present stormy setting, I somehow doubt…
yep…well… sort of…
I will add that Heathcliff is described as a Byronic Hero: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byronic_hero
…though he is also described as reinventing himself several times, so he does not fit easily into any categories.
In one scene in the episode I saw, his adoptive father buys him a horse. The first choice is a “great brown beast”, a dark horse, supposedly of impeccable breeding. Next to it is an aged (over 6 or so) grey, to non-horsemen’s eyes “white”. Heathcliff runs hands over both, and rides the “white” horse in the field with only a halter and lead rope. He chooses the pale horse. Then gives it to his love.
Later when he rides away in the dark of night to escape his evil stepbrother and find his fortune, he chooses a black horse with only a flash of white blaze on his face.
From shining hero to Dark Hero…
One more bit on Nice Horses…
This is a Gypsy Vanner.
They’ve become quite popular lately for flashy looks and nice temperament.
Originally, they pulled caravans for Irish Travellers…
The Irish Cob or Coloured Cob, known as the Gypsy Horse or Gypsy Vanner in the United States, is a type or breed of domestic horse from the British Isles. It’s a small, solidly-built horse of cob conformation and is often, but not always, piebald or skewbald. It is the only broken-coloured horse breed of the British Isles, and is particularly associated with the Pavee and Roma travelling peoples of Britain and Ireland. There was no stud-book or breed association for horses of this type until 1996. It is now considered a breed and can be registered with a number of breed associations.[a]Other names for this breed include Gypsy Cob and Tinker Horse. The Drum Horse is similar in appearance, but larger.
From about 1850 travelling people in the British Isles began to use a distinct type of horse to pull their vardos, the caravans in which they had just begun to live and travel. The colour and look of the breed were refined in the years after the Second World War. Horses of this type were first exported to the United States in 1996.
The Irsh Travellers (Pavee) are distinct from the Rom or Roma (gypsies originating in India).