domingo, 6 de mayo de 2018

YO TUVE UNA DULCE MADRE...





Yo tuve una dulce madre…



Fantine et Cosette, dans la série animée Shôjo Cosette.

Right before chance, and the Thénardiers, separate them for evermore.



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Anne (the daughter) and Clara (the mother) Magnolia, from Episode 10 (Loved Ones will Always be Watching You) of Violet Evergarden. They live in Clara's old country estate with the sole company of a single maidservant, Eris, who tended to the terminally ill (consumptive) Clara, the husband/father of the household having been killed in action during the last war.

 Anne's mother has hired Violet for seven days to write letters, but Anne is not told what the letters are about or who they are for. In addition, Anne is both mistrustful and fascinated by Violet, as she mistakenly believes her to be an actual living doll due to her prosthetic arms. Over the next week, Anne comes to accept Violet but cannot accept being separated from her mother while the letters are written. After an angry outburst by Anne, Violet manages to calm Anne down and convince her not to blame herself for her mother's illness.The letters written, Violet leaves and eventually, the mother dies. Afterward, Anne begins receiving the letters from her mother written by Violet and grows up to start a family of her own. Back at the post office, Violet reveals to her co-workers that the letters would be delivered to Anne on her birthdays for the next fifty years and is overcome with emotion at the thought of Anne having to live alone after her mother's death. Decades later, Anne is a promising postal advisor, happily married and with an infant daughter of her own.


Clara comes from a wealthy household, she was raised as an elite woman and was a qualified university bachelor with a high education level. At some point in her life, she married out of love and had one daughter, Anne. Clara's husband never stayed home, and nothing was heard of him until he was killed in battle. Even though he never was at home and wasn't there for her when she fell ill, Clara did not hold any ill feelings towards him. She didn't want Anne to think severely of him since she claimed that the way he lived his life is just what he wished to do at the moment. She was confident that if they would wait, even though their paths differed, he would return to them someday. It seemed he had been a family heir with a promising future in the past. But a few years after getting married, his side of the family had faced minor commercial issues and crumbled, and the finances had become dependent on the Magnolias. 

Back when Clara was healthy, she used to often throw salon parties and invite many friends over to the manor. However, she did not have contact or involvement with those people anymore.
Because of that, Clara and Anne lived alone on the top left side of an old but stylish western-architecture building in Lechernt, that Clara had inherited from her family. The residence was peripheral, having been built secluded and quite far from their prospering town. Clara was physically weak, so she had a maid named Eris take care of her, in which she was regularly seen being bedridden.
Clara hired Violet for seven days to write letters, but Anne is not told what the letters are about or who they are for. Clara explained to Anne that she couldn't reveal who the letters were for and that she had to work on them, to which Anne was very jealous during this period for not being able to spend much time with her mother. However, although Clara had become a little healthier a couple of days after Violet’s arrival, her physical condition gradually worsened. Even in such conditions, Clara insisted that her work had to be done, and she and Violet did not halt their work. Clara laid on her bed while Violet resumed typing the letters, sitting next to it. This is what made Anne so upset, the fact that Clara pushed herself so much to write the letters. Although Clara was clearly saddened by Anne's feelings, she insisted that she had to be done with her work, since that if she didn't write them then, she might never be able to. After an angry outburst by Anne, Violet managed to calm Anne down and convince her not to blame herself for her mother's illness, and that there was a good reason behind why she was borrowing her mother. After the letters were written, Violet took her leave. Clara spent the last days of her life in peace with her daughter, showering and pampering her with happiness. And on a spring day, Clara peacefully passed away. Afterward, Anne began receiving the letters from her mother written by Violet, which is revealed to be letters that would be delivered to Anne on her birthdays for the next fifty years. What Clara had so deeply wished for was for Anne to be happy in without her, and to know she would always be watching over her.
Anne is Clara's only daughter, who is the most precious and beloved person in her life. Although Clara sometimes scolded Anne as any other parent, she always showered Anne with happiness and love and yearned to spend as much time with her as possible. Even though Clara used to be tired and physically weak, she always displayed a happy side to Anne as to not make her worry and was always energetic to play with Anne. Since there was no one as important to her as Anne, it made Clara despaired by the fact that she had to leave Anne all alone after her death. This is why she decided to write letters for Anne for the future, even if it meant sacrificing the time spent with her daughter. After she was done, however, she spent all her remaining time with Anne and did everything she could to make her happy. For the following years after Clara's death, Anne began receiving letters on her birthdays from her mother, which contained congratulations, presents, support, encouragement, and advice. On every letter, Clara expressed her delight and sorrow for Anne growing up to a beautiful young lady, but that she couldn't live to see her grow up. She always recounted how much she loved Anne and would always to do so, and that she would always be watching over her.

Anne is a cheerful and gentle young girl. Like any other child, she is very curious in her surroundings but would be scolded by her mother for doing things she is not supposed to. She treasures her mother more than anyone in the world – even more than her own existence. 
Anne grew up as a rather serious and independent girl, keen to notice everything happening in her surroundings. Since her mother was so carefree, Anne began worrying and deducted that any visitors who were coming for her mother would fool her to get their hands on her money. She also learned ruthlessness, indifference, betrayal, and greed of people through her mother. That is why she believed herself the only one who could protect her mother. However, Anne does act a young girl in her age, she absolutely loves playing, whatever it may be; from playing with dolls, playing with bugs or playing house. She could also be dishonest with her own feelings at times. Anne was also noted to be tomboyish as a child with a straightforward attitude, but as a daughter of the Magnolia family, she was taught to always be polite and graceful.
As an adult, Anne matures and grows more self-confident, as she claims that she is no longer the girl who could do nothing but cry. She is not very shy and will face people head-on if required. She also began studying and working intensively so she could make a career for herself. Thanks to her mother's support through the letters, Anne was able to live alone in her mansion for a long time, until she started a family of her home. She is very loving towards her daughter and husband, and she is shown to be a caring and gentle woman.
Anne was born to the prestigious Magnolia family as the only daughter of Clara Magnolia and her spouse.
Anne's father never stayed at home and didn't work so much, prospering in taking over the family’s main business. He did not even visit her mother after she had become ill, and, when they thought he was going to come back, he died a hero in the wars. She admires him for dying a hero in the war.
Although Anne is a young child, she was the Magnolia family’s sole successor after her mother. Medics had already warned that her mother’s life would be short, telling Anne to prepare herself for her inevitable death. Anne and her mother lived on the top left side of an old but stylish western-architecture building that Anne's mother had inherited from her family in Lechernt. The residence was peripheral, having been built secluded and quite far from their prospering town.
Violet arrives at the mansion where Anne lives with her wealthy but sickly mother, Clara. Anne's mother has hired Violet for seven days to write letters, but Anne is not told what the letters are about or who they are for. In addition, Anne is both mistrustful and fascinated by Violet, as she mistakenly believes her to be an actual living doll due to her prosthetic arms. Over the next week, Anne comes to accept Violet but cannot accept being separated from her mother while the letters are written. After an angry outburst by Anne, Violet manages to calm Anne down and convince her not to blame herself for her mother's illness. After the letters were written, Violet takes her leave. Anne spent the last days of her mother's life in peace. And on a spring day, her mother died. Afterward, Anne begins receiving the letters from her mother written by Violet, which is revealed to be letters that would be delivered to Anne on her birthday for the next fifty years. Anne is seen to receive these letters on her 8th, 10th, 14th, 16th, 18th and 20th birthdays.
After her mother's death, Anne was very busy. In regards to her heirloom, after a discussion with lawyers, it had been decided to freeze the family’s multiple bank accounts until she was of age. Anne also hired a private tutor to live in the manor and studied hard. As she wished to mark the land with her mother’s memory, Anne worked to become a qualified bachelor with the same level of education as her. Anne opened a law counseling office at home after graduating. She did not earn much, but she no longer had maids, so it was about enough for her to sustain herself. She continued to live in the mansion owned by her mother, and at the same time, she found herself in the middle of a romance with a young entrepreneur who often came for counseling, who eventually became her husband.
The letters still found their way to her, even after she got married and had a child of her own. Anne currently lives with her family in the mansion now owned by her. Every year on her birthday, she would make sure to go outside in the morning to receive a letter from her mother.
Clara is Anne's mother, whom she loves more than anything in the world. She is very attached to her and adores the attention she gets from her beloved mother. Around the time her mother fell ill, Anne became very worried and protective of her mother, as she marked anything that could destroy her and her mother’s world as a foe. Anne also didn't want her mother to get close to other people for fear of losing her. She knew her mother's life will be short, which is why she wanted her all for herself until the very end. Anne becomes very despaired at seeing her mother in pain and doesn't want her to push herself. She also doesn't want to make her mother sad or cry, since hurting her pains Anne greatly as well. Although Anne was upset by the fact that her mother didn't tell her what or to who the letters were about and for, as well as spending a lot of time with Violet, Anne accepts it and lives the last days of her mother's life in showered in happiness. After her mother's death, as Anne did not succumb to sorrow at seven years of age, people would ask how she didn't break down. Anne would answer with that her mother is always looking after her and has been rectifying and guiding her all the time. Over the years receiving letters from her mother became something immensely important for Anne. The letters; filled with love, encouragement, and support from her mother, keeps reaching Anne forever.
Anne loves her daughter deeply and is very affectionate with her. She wants to shower her daughter with love as much as possible, the same way she was so loved by her now-deceased mother. Anne is determined to write about her love for her own daughter, just like her mother did to her.



Yo tuve una dulce madre…



Yo tuve una dulce madre,
concediéramela el cielo,
más tierna que la ternura,
más ángel que mi ángel bueno.
En su regazo amoroso,
soñaba… ¡sueño quimérico!
dejar esta ingrata vida
al blando son de sus rezos.
Mas la dulce madre mía,
sintió el corazón enfermo,
que de ternura y dolores,
¡ay!, derritiose en su pecho.
Pronto las tristes campanas
dieron al viento sus ecos;
muriose la madre mía;
sentí rasgarse mi seno.

Rosalía de Castro

A Kiss, Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema

Always Welcome,
Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema

Lisant un conte,

Jacques-Joseph Tissot








281. To Charlotte Pulteney

 
Ambrose Philips (1675(?)–1749)
 
 
  TIMELY blossom, Infant fair,
  Fondling of a happy pair,
  Every morn and every night
  Their solicitous delight,
  Sleeping, waking, still at ease,        5
  Pleasing, without skill to please;
  Little gossip, blithe and hale,
  Tattling many a broken tale,
  Singing many a tuneless song,
  Lavish of a heedless tongue;        10
  Simple maiden, void of art,
  Babbling out the very heart,
  Yet abandon’d to thy will,
  Yet imagining no ill,
  Yet too innocent to blush;        15
  Like the linnet in the bush
  To the mother-linnet’s note
  Moduling her slender throat;
  Chirping forth thy pretty joys,
  Wanton in the change of toys,        20
  Like the linnet green, in May
  Flitting to each bloomy spray;
  Wearied then and glad of rest,
  Like the linnet in the nest:—
  This thy present happy lot        25
  This, in time will be forgot:
  Other pleasures, other cares,
  Ever-busy Time prepares;
And thou shalt in thy daughter see,
This picture, once, resembled thee.        30


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