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August 30, 2009


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Look out, Gina. I hear "Dombey and Son" is the next Dickens that Andrew Davies will be tackling for the BBC, though I did get that from Wikipedia (
Film.2C_TV_or_theatrical_adaptations). This is why I hope for it to also be the next Dickens I tackle, when I get a chance.

No kidding?! Well, that'll be interesting. Although I'm afraid to think what he'll do with Florence. If she starts snapping at people, I'll be throwing things.

Haha! Well, even mini-series Amy was pretty patient, you have to admit. I mean, I didn't love that scene but I can't absolutely hate it either. It inspires very conflicted feelings for me. I have read select passages of "Dombey and Son" online and I'd really be interested to see what Davies does with the whole proposal scene between Florence and Walter, because I got a little bit of whiplash from how quickly Florence changes her mind. I just wonder who Alun Armstrong will play in this one :)

Oh, and my friend J absolutely loved the "Little Dorrit" mini-series. And I've convinced about 3 people to give the book a chance (one of them didn't even flinch at the length! It was amazing!). So, I'm diligently spreading the word that Dickens is our friend :D

Atta girl! :-)

It's true I'm not as committed to a faithful portrayal of Florence as I was to a faithful portrayal of Amy, as "Little Dorrit" is one of my favorite novels ever, and I think Amy is a better developed character in general. But the 1983 miniseries, even though it made Florence less "somber" (Annie's word), really showed what a good, faithful portrayal of her could look like: The role was well written and Lysette Anthony gave an absolutely charming performance. So now I'd be sorry to see anyone do a lesser job with her.

I understand exactly what you're saying. I think, though, that we can trust the BBC to do a good job. I was re-watching "Little Dorrit" recently and I was just blown away by the scene where Mr. Dorrit has a bit of a fit after Amy rejects John's proposal and the look on Claire Foy's face was perfect.

Let's just hope they keep up the good work with "Dombey and Son".

It's unusual for me, but I really didn't like Florence Dombey. Was there a single scene where she was not crying? That's why I like Agnes and Esther and some of the others because they hold up better. ;)

I think Florence Dombey is, in some respects, quite misunderstood, by many readers of "Dombey and Son." She undergoes more trials and tribulations than just about any other 'heroine' in Dickens's novels. Yes, she "cries" eighty-eight times (as some miscreant once counted); but she loses her mother, her brother, thinks she's lost Walter, and her father has outright rejected her, in all ways, for most of her life. I think we'd all cry. Yet, through it all she perseveres; she maintains her personal integrity and character; and continues to do all in her power to help all of those less fortunate around her.

Personally, I find Florence Dombey to be one of Dickens's most under-rated heroines. Don't let yourself be fooled though; she's tough -- A woman who is ultimately responsible for bringing her family back from the brink of disaster -- She's a true hero!

Just my two-cent's worth. Cheers!

Well, you're right Chris....and in some respects Florence is probably more realistic for crying, because in those circumstances I think anyone would (88 times? Where did you learn that?). I definitely don't think she's unrealistic, I just don't think Dickens had to record EVERY SINGLE time she cried, since I know he was doing it just to annoy me. ;)

I'm always just so aemazd that he managed to write all these novels, one, but also that he wrote most in serial form. Working on one now, I couldn't imagine not having a chance to rewrite or to hear feedback before it was finished (besides, of course, the crazy pace). Dickens is quite a treasure.

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