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  1. In the episode Margaret says that she doesn't care for her title and position etc. and can abandon them for Peter, but when the choice is really put before her, it's Peter she gives away. That kind of hypocrisy makes it hard to me to feel sympathy for her. Plus, Margaret seems to be a person who believes that she is entitled to get everything without paying any price. She seems not to have any realization what kind of life many women lived at that time: how many were forced to work from the early age and how few could study, how many had to chose between work and family - and how many wom
  2. Margaret has been all the time shown more active than Peter in their relationship. She was so egoistical that she wanted him to spend Christmas with her and the royal family, not with his wife and young children. So it's no wonder that his wife finally got enough and left him for another man. That made her "the guilty party" in the divorce, which shows how odd the British divorce laws then were. Whereas Peter seemed to understand what stigma in the society he would get as a divorced man (as he said, according to the usual practice he could no more to serve the royal family), it was again
  3. Rewatching, I found odd the question the duke of York (the future George VI) asked Edward VIII: do you really love her (Wallis who irl was in abroad) more than your family and your brother? Of course everybody who marries must love his/her spouse more than his/her family and siblings (even Bible says that a man must leave his father and mother and join his wife). What he should have asked was of course: do you really put your will to marry her (not love, for he could have kept her as his mistress) before your duty to monarchy and your country for which so many soldiers have made even grea
  4. Churchill was in many ways a typical politician: he cared only for short-term results (goal must be burned in order to make homes warm in the winter which showed the public that Britain was strong again which in turn would help the Conservatives to stay in power - and in the end he promised money to hospitals for the same reasons). But he was also exceptionally sure that he knew everything without even reading memos. And he was first of all interested in the foreign policy where he pretended to himself that he was a past master.
  5. Rewatching I began to wonder Philip's claim in giving the cup to the winner team that Gordonstoun teaches to put the community before the individual. What we earlier saw in Charles' case was just the opposite: he was continually bullied and in the composition his team left him behind. Yes, Charles was a lousy athlete who maybe shouldn't have taken part in the competition at all. But it's equally that but bullying is allowed in the school. Evidently it's even thought that it's a good upbringing method. I just watched a Finnish reality program "Female soldiers" where the head of the r
  6. Yes, when Elizabeth noticed she hadn't got a proper education that she needed in her job, talking with Prime Minister and foreign guests, she got herself a teacher (although we didn't see if her lessions lasted). In any cases, simply reading the red box materials and listening to prime ministers for decades must have given her much information about many matters. But the sisters have totally different personality. The dutiful Elizabeth adapted herself to the role that she hadn't chosen and tried to do it so well she possibly could. The egoistical Margaret chose just to drift in the life
  7. I agree with Sistermagpie. Not all 18-year old girls are similar. Diana was born and raised in an aristocratic family, her maternal grandmother was a lady-in-waiting to the Queen and as a kid she had played with Prince Andrew. She knew how to behave and she was socially adept. As for "did it really happen", that doesn't mean in the drama. The essential thing is that every scene has a purpose, i.e. that it tells something new about the characters and their relationship. In this case, Philip is testing Diana for her role as the Princess of Wales and she shows him that she can fill it:
  8. I just read Revolutionary Russia 1891-1991 by Orlandi Figes. He regards Gorbachev as the last Bolshevik. As a 60s person, he was aware of a Stalinist terror whose victims had also been his own relatives. However, he still believed in the ideals of Leninism and wanted to reform the country. But this was exactly what sealed the fate of the Soviet Union. Without Gorbachev, the Soviet Union could have continued to squat. On the other hand, Gorbachev has the credit that the liberation of Eastern Europe and the break-up of the Soviet Union took place without violence. So perhaps Claudia wasn't
  9. Well, some people tend to take what characters say literally, that is, they believe that "I love you" means "I love you", although saying it can also be a means to make other person do or give something. (And of course also "love" can mean many things.) As you so splendidly show, we must never forget that Philip is a spy and acts like one. His motives are best seen in the result he achieves. That's not mean that he doesn't care for Martha, in a way he does, but also this caring is almost to the end a means to make her do what he wants.
  10. I don't think that Anne thinks only of herself. She feels compassion towards others and is eager to help them but because she speaks and acts without thinking first and has so little experience, she tends to do harm f.ex. by gossiping.
  11. In this older books for youth some character always dies young: in Little Women it was Beth, in Rose in Bloom it was Charlie. That was realistic at the time when many illnesses had no cure, but it was perhaps also a religious lesson: one should live in such a way that one was ready to die in any moment. Anne of course experienced many losses: her parents had died before she had a chance to get to know them, her beloved Matthew died when she was in her teens, her first-born died after living only a day and her son Walter was killed in the WW1. Gilbert was also mortally ill and it was
  12. I was very disappointed that the love story was build only on a series of external obstacles and unhappy coincidences when the primary stress should have been on the couple's inner obstacles.
  13. Middle-class couples couldn't marry until the husband had a profession or owned a farm, that is until he could provide for a family.
  14. Yes! In the series that spent so much time to teach lessons of humanity in so many matters, I find it extremely odd that Jerry was just taught to elemental reading and writing by Anne - and then nothing more! It seemed to be OK for even Matthew who was presented as a good and kind man that Jerry slept in the staple. And why on earth he couldn't he eat with Anne, Marilla and Matthew at the same table? On the other hand, it was really overblown that so many pupils from a little village school of Avonlea went to the university.
  15. I think that you forget that the big source of these unflattering stories was Meghan's own family, her father and half-sister. Because of those stories, many people began to see Meghan on the basis of their own experiences, either negatively ("I have never have difficulties like that - there must be something wrong in her when her own family criticizes her), positively ("I have known people like her half-sister - the only way to deal with them is to cut relationships") or neutrally ("I can't know what the truth is, but no sensible people make their family quarrels public - it's the surest way
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