Joanne Froggatt at the Mojo After Party - November 13, 2013
Also credit to EmLou for making jo look beautiful =)
lord grant me the strength to accept the plot lines i cannot change
courage to continue to watch the show
and wisdom to remember i am not a member of the psychotic part of the fandom
I will fear no canon. For Thou art with me. Thy fanfic and thy meta, they comfort me
Anna comes in. Mrs. Hughes is sewing.
Anna: Her ladyship’s been taken ill.. So when the doctor gets here, can you hold onto him and tell Lady Edith?
Mrs Hughes: I thought she wasn’t looking too clever.
Anna leaves and runs into Bates in the passage outside.
Anna: Oh, I’m glad I’ve got you.
Bates: Aren’t you serving?
Anna: They’re on the main course so I can spare a moment. I’ve been thinking…and I have to say something that you won’t agree with.
He looks at her. She takes a breath.
Anna (CONT’D): We’re going to get married.
Bates: Don’t be silly, we can’t, not now. Would I risk your being widowed by the noose?
Anna: You’re not listening. You’re going to Ripon tomorrow afternoon to take out a special licence - I don’t care how much it costs - and fix a day. We’ll tell no one. But this you will do.
Bates: I can’t.
Anna: Aren’t I as strong as Lady Sybil?
Bates: I don’t doubt that.
Anna: Well then, if she can do it, so can we. That;s what I’ve been thinking. I have stuck by you through thick and thin.
Bates: Thin and thin, more like.
Anna: Then you will grant me my deserts, please, Mr Bates. If we have to face this, then we will face it as husband and wife. I will not be moved to the sidelines to watch how you fare from a distance, with no right even to be kept informed. I will be your next of kin, and you cannot deny me that.*
He looks into her eyes. Jane comes running down the passage.
Jane: Anna! You’d better come! Quick!
*Anna’s determination to marry Bates is moving, but it also has some resonance in the modern world, since the importance she places n being Bates’ official next of kin was one of the bases in the Civil Partnership Bill. What people forget is that a simple request or statement was never enough to turn someone into your next of kin, in a hospital or a prison or anywhere else. Even if you’ve ben someone’s girlfriend or boyfriend and lived with them for many years, this counted for nothing unless your kinship was officially recognised and sanctioned. Anna’s destire to marry is partly because of her love and loyalty, but it’s also that she doesnt want to have to deal with their coming trials while being shut out from all deliberations. Asd Bates’ wife, she will have an official position from which to fight, and that’s really what she’s after. Of course, until the Civil Partnership Bill, this was not an option open to gay men and women, who often had to stand and watch as forgotten cousins from the shires took precedence over their partner in any official context. Thank heaven that’s over.
I pity the fool that doesn’t know WTCK is awesome.
For around 3 weeks starting tomorrow :) i’ve set up a queue so you guys won’t miss me so much, but thruth is I don’t think my brother has internet or even owns a computer so i won’t me able to be around much :(
Yeah, this means I probably won’t watch the christmas special :(
Anywaaaaay see you guys soon!! :)
It’ll be INTENSE, man! I CAN’T WAIT, SO EXCITED! Will try to go see at least one of the games :) (also if you opened with us would be so cool) (and we will kill each other during those 90 minutes)
I was told we’re not playing the opening (which is good because home can’t lose and we play the opening last time)
And YOU guys will totally kill US lol. such fun :)