terça-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2020

Fallen woman ou a Mulher-perdida na vida Vitoriana

Olá!
trago novidades! 

Sim, livro novo da série CUPIDOS EM DEVON!

O CLUBE DE FLORENCE



Este romance, segundo livro da série, traz um tema que eu sempre quis pesquisar: 

a mulher-perdida
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Mal falada, má-companhia, safada, rodada, desonrada, promíscua, moça da vida. Quantos termos pejorativos e depreciativos conhecemos para essa condição feminina? Quase uma doença - incurável, veja bem - e contaminosa.
Observe que o termo tem hífen. 
Mulher-perdida.
Não necessariamente uma profissional do sexo, mas a perdida é também chamada de prostituta, meretriz; mulher da rua; mulher-dama. 


A perdida é uma moça que foi pelo mau caminho pelos próprios pés, 
encaminhada por más companhias ou levada à força. 
Pouco importa a razão, importa que ela perdeu-se.

Tenho mil anotações porque essa 'condição' sempre me capturou a curiosidade. Sou de cidade pequena, lá sempre havia o fantasma rondando as meninas e de vez em quando atacando a prima-da-amiga-da-conhecida-da-escola: cedeu aos desejos, teve relação, engravidou... 
Coitada, está perdida!
Mesmo hoje em dia, anos depois que saí do interior e que a sociedade evoluiu (ah, tá!), quem tem filho de namorado desconhecido/sumido/pipa-voada, ainda é vista com maus olhos. 
a exilada, Redgrave - sec 19

O termo em Inglês 'fallen woman' ou em Português 'mulher caída' descreve a moça que, como um anjo, caiu do céu - das graças de Deus. Trocando em miúdos: "perdeu a inocência".
Note que inocência apesar de principalmente, não se refere somente à vida sexual. Uma moça solteira que perde a virgindade perde com ela a inocência, sim. Mas também é desonrada/perdida/tem má reputação a que se corresponde com um homem com quem não tem relacionamento direto - profissional ou familiar (esse era o pavor de Dora no romance Cartas à Dora). Ainda tem a mulher que se vinga de um marido infiel e comete adultério ou maridicídio ou amantecídio (qualquer tipo vingativo de homicídio) também perde a inocência. As que sucumbem aos vícios em álcool ou drogas são também perdidas, sem inocência, caídas na vida.
Espera, estou falando do século 19 ou de hoje em dia? Mudou tanto assim nesses últimos 200 anos?


Machismo?
o despertar da consciência - Hunt - séc 19
é dito que esta moça perdida está em um momento de redenção, percebeu sua desgraça e tenta fugir

Sim, claro. Porque dos homens é esperado que comecem sua vida mundana logo cedo, o mais cedo possível. É prova de virilidade masculina ter várias parceiras e entrar no casamento com bastante experiência, mesmo porque ele - o marido - é responsável pela educação sexual da esposa inocente. 
Nas minhas pesquisas eu encontrei termos curiosos como 'perda', 'rendição', 'corrupção moral' para explicar essa condição de 'mulher-perdida'. Frequentemente subentende-se que são ações involuntárias a que ela é submetida, mas que ela deve arcar com as consequências sociais.
No caso de Florence do livro 2 da série Cupidos em Devon, ela é vítima de um cavalheiro amoral que a seduz com promessas de casamento. Ela era bem jovem, ele era adulto; ambos ricos, ele sabia o quão inocente para as maldades do mundo ela era pois tinha noção da criação que ela recebia, mesmo assim enganbelou a moça. Fica tranqs, não é spoiler! O passado de Florence é contato rapidamente no livro 1 - Eclipse do coração. Enfim, ela foi abandonada depois da noite de amor e... 


O que seria feito dessa 
moça deflorada
na década de 1830?

A família conseguiu abafar o escândalo, mas tem sempre algum fofoqueiro que não deixa a história morrer. E pior, tem a depressão tomando conta de Florence ao longo dos anos.
Daí você pensa: precisava morrer aos pouquinhos por mais de uma década isolada na propriedade da família longe dos olhos de todo mundo?

Sim... Por mais cruel que seja.

Toda sociedade tem suas regras, e como o mundo é grande, as regras variam muito. Em quase todas, porém, a mulher deve ser virtuosa e casta.
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Especialmente na Grã-Bretanha do século 19, por conta das novas regras de vida marital determinadas pelo exemplo alimentado pela rainha Victoria & príncipe Albert, formou-se a crença de que, para ser social e moralmente aceitável, a mulher deveria obedecer aos padrões de boa esposa e dedicada mãe. Para isso, sua sexualidade e a experiência mundana deveriam ser inteiramente restritas ao casamento quando ela estaria sob a supervisão e o cuidado de um homem (autoritário) que substituía seu pai nesta árdua função.
Fora do matrimônio, uma moça tinha pouquíssimas oportunidades de se sustentar de forma honrada. 
Com o avanço da sociedade Vitoriana, hordas de moças solteiras chegavam às cidades caçando trabalho, casamento ou outra forma de viver mais do que sobreviver na pobreza do interior. Eram chamadas de 'mulheres-problema' pelo risco que ofereciam.
Se educada poderia ser preceptora de crianças, se mais velha poderia ser acompanhante; se prendada seria costureira trabalhando 20 horas por dia sob luz de velas ou balconista de lojas renomadas; se feia, pobre e ignorante, seria criada doméstica ou... profissional do sexo. E mesmo sem chances de lutar contra as durezas da vida, ela era jogada no ostracismo do termo 'mulher-perdida' meramente por se defender e achar maneira de sobreviver.
Usado quando a sociedade oferecia poucas oportunidades para mulheres em tempos de crise ou dificuldades, o termo era frequentemente associado à prostituição, que era considerada causa e efeito de uma mulher "caída" já que ela era espelho perigosíssimo: uma mulher dona de sua sexualidade a ponto de lucrar com ela.
Percebe a ligação?
Daí a associação com a perda ou rendição da castidade de uma mulher - fosse por ser enganada por um homem, atacada ou em ato consensual - o que levaria todas as mulheres que já haviam experimentado sexo à promiscuidade feminina.
A prostituta era (é?) uma grande ameaça social pois escancara uma vida de liberdade e sexualidade assumida tão proibitiva! Um pecado! Uma doença a ser eliminada para evitar a repetição por outras mulheres. Dumêt cita uma fonte em sua tese (achei na web) falando que a corrupção da moral feminina exibida na mulher-perdida através de seu comportamento sexualmente descontrolado, mantendo relações sexuais por dinheiro e entregando-se à masturbação, à sodomia, e práticas antinaturais do gênero, era um manual vivo da forma anti-higiênica de ser mulher.
Também suja, safada, rodada era a mulher que tinha amantes - mesmo que seu marido tivesse muitas. 
E a ladra. 
E a criminosa. 
E a que tinha opiniões sobre qualquer coisa, principalmente política.
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Na literatura clássica, temos várias:
- Lydia Bennet em Orgulho e Preconceito era liberada e atirada (talvez por sua pouca idade) sem medo de assumir a atração sexual que sente. Seu castigo é quase-pobreza ao lado do canalha com quem ela fugiu;
- Martha Endell em David Copperfield que sofre de fofoca, tenta se matar e é enviada para beeem longe, Austrália. Somente longe da sociedade civilizada ela pode recomeçar (sem que soubessem sua desgraça) e acha marido;
- Tess protagonista de Tess de Ubervilles é estuprada, mas carrega essa vergonha de ter perdido a virgindade - que lhe foi roubada, certo? Grávida, dá a luz, batiza e enterra a prova de sua vergonha sozinha. 
- Marianne em Razão e Sensibilidade passa por aquele chuvaréu, lembra? Eu sempre achei que era uma alegoria para sua perda de virtude para Willoughby, seu desespero na verdade ao perceber que o bonitão se foi e ela sifu...


Mas eu sempre me perguntei:
o que era feito de uma moça depois que ela se perdia? 
Uma 'mulher-perdida' é tipicamente apresentada como sendo muda, contrita, enigmática em seu silêncio constrangido e culpa exacerbada. Marianne casou com Cel. Brandon depois que fugir dele o tempo todo. Seria ele a saída honrada que ela teve? A perdida é um enigma, pois apesar de todos saberem que ela é perdida, muitos se perguntam o que exatamente causou sua queda. 


É fofoca que fala, né?
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Machismo, você está pensando. Puxa, a garota foi estuprada e mesmo assim fica mal falada. Caramba! Como Tess, Florence também é VÍTIMA, mas carrega a vergonha social, a depressão, o medo de ser exposta ao ridículo e à violência de novo; enquanto isso... o bonitão sedutor, fonte e autor da corrupção feminina? Por aí pela vida, livre leve solto.

Achei referência na música nacional contemporânea, olha: 
O samba 'Mil réis', de Candeias.
Tentarei te esquecer, perdida
Perdida porque não honraste um homem
Manchaste o meu nome e tudo quanto te ofertei
Jogaste fora, como moeda sem valor, um grande amor
Quem me encontrou, me valorizou

O mestre Cartola, pintor de paredes e poeta, nos deixou a mais que perfeita 'O Mundo É Um Moinho' feita para sua filha que se perdia:
Preste atenção, querida
Embora eu saiba que estás resolvida
Em cada esquina cai um pouco a tua vida
Em pouco tempo não serás mais o que és
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Muita atenção, querida
De cada amor tu herdarás só o cinismo
Quando notares estás à beira do abismo
Abismo que cavaste com os teus pés


Na época, século 19, a única saída para a perdida era:
1- entregar os filhos em orfanatos (alguns só aceitavam o primeiro. Novos 'erros' não eram aceitos/desculpados/entendidos nem por religiosos e caridosos);
2- morrer/se matar;
3- emigrar para longe da sociedade civilizada que testemunhou seu erro.
encontrada afogada - Watts. séc 19

No entanto... no O CLUBE DE FLORENCE ela encontra uma redenção mais palatável - um final feliz! Em meio à sua depressão ela descobre maneira de dar a volta por cima e com isso, conhece um homão da po**a que... Ih, nem te conto!
Pára: esse 'clube' é um clube mesmo? Tipo o que diz o dicionário: Local de reuniões políticas, sociais, literárias ou recreativas; sociedade ou agremiação para a prática de esportes e/ou de recreação (jogos, conversas, dança etc.) de seus associados. É isso?
Bem, ela era 'MULHER-PERDIDA' e acha maneira de ajudar outras que estão na mesma situação e... *SPOILER ALERT*


Aqui está a sinopse completa, links e curiosidades da série.


Até mais!



pesquisei aqui, aqui, aqui, aqui, aqui, aqui, aqui, aqui, aqui e nas minhas muuuuitas anotações e estudos desde antes de escrever Florence... Lembra que postei o registro dela no EDA FBN? Faz tanto tempo que nem achei nos arquivos dos posts da novela Orgulho e Paixão...

terça-feira, 7 de janeiro de 2020

Sanditon: the TV SHOW's characters

hello!
The so talked about TV show is finally on in the US!

Oh boy, I am still not sure what to say about it!
The first episode is sooo all-over-the-place!...

Here in Brazil we watched it through streaming and it caused quite a stir... Fanfics, petitions for another season, swwons for gorgeous men...
You see, SANDITON is not very known here, few people recognized the title as a Jane Austen work. Before it started, I composed a juicy translated abridgement with quotes to introduce the smallish novel to anyone interested to read it. I presented it in two parts: chapters and characters.
For me it was specially fun because I got to study Austen's work before Mr. Andrew Davies showed his view and I must say I was very surprised with the comparison. 

So, curious as I was, I found on Hello! magazine site a listing of the show's characters to which I'll add my personal view - since now I have watched it all. 
CAREFUL: spoilers ahead.


You'll find the original here'The ultimate Sanditon character guide - from Charlotte Heywood to Sidney Parker' or you may come with me with all my comments. In the end, Sanditon TV is kind of a salad of fanfics and mad theories of what Austen thought seasoned to please contemporary viewers/readers. 

Well, of that I can admit a certain guilt...    


Here you go, the TV characters compared to Austen's.
Let's go!
This scene, so much fun...
Ah!... Au mer, allons y!

Charlotte Heywood


The main character is a mix of Northanger Abbey's naive Catherine with P&P's headstrong Lizzy. 
Adorable girl from a small village enchanted with society and meeting new people. She has a keen sence of observation, sharp tongue she can't control, and is silly enough to say whatever comes to her mind as any heart of gold girl should have.
Charlotte likes Sanditon very much, enjoys the company of her guests, the Parkers, (who she has met a few days before her parents allowed her to set off with them), and as she is from a very confined society, she has no high expectations of how rich life is supposed to be. Neither of the dealings with cunning folks.
A modern heroine - let me not fail to repeat MODERN - with opinions and risk-taking. At some point she is a working girl, even if still irresponsible and gullible.
>> Well, in Austen's canon, she makes it very clear how simple minded Charlotte is, I agree with the Catherine Morland comparison. Maybe not as gullible, but still so much so. I'd say  Catherine + Fanny Price.


Sidney Parker


His indifference and haughtiness are all from P&P's Mr. Darcy, but he is prone to jokes and teasings as Northanger Abbey's Henry Tilney. Prepair to swoon. especially for his... mmm... figure!) In spite of a brief meeting of him with Charlotte in canon, Sidney was created to be her romantic interest. Very handsome and clever, rich, he is the perfect Austen hero. The black sheep of the Parker family, impredictable, restless, mysterious, and back at Sanditon. His history includes business in the Antilles and a broken heart.
He is often put out with Charlotte's way of saying what she thinks, but that is exactly what attracts him.
>> Sidney has no voice in canon, he appears at the last moment before Austen stopped. But, by the manner she paints him, he has NOTHING of Darcy, Brandon, Wentworth or Knightley. Nothing at all of the most famous heroes of Austen. He is said to be fun, teasing, full of jokes and good humor all the time. Maybe Tilney meeting Bingley. I thought his brooding very exagerated on the first episodes. 
Handsome, oh yes! Furious for no reason too. You didn't need to be so rude, darling... Really. 
This five-o'clock-shadow - Was it fashionable in Regency era?...

Lady Denham


Kind of  P&P's Lady Catherine de Bourgh, overbearing and rude an all, but also Mansfield Park's Mrs. Norris, with her cruelty and love for riches. The great dame of Sanditon, Lady Denham has 2 deceased husbands, a title and fortune that many young relatives want to get once she passes away. Seems foolish, but is an eagle. Well sketched in the canon, she would be a great oponent to the best Austen female vilains. 
>> I agree, but she is also a gossip; could well fit in Emma's Highbury. Too rude, though, excessively so. I bet she believes that once a person has passed a certain age, everything is allowed. It's not, milady. One has always to care for words are swords.


Tom Parker & Mary Parker

Tom is kind and trusting as P&P's Bingley, while Mary is a mix of Northanger Abbey's Mrs. Allen + Persuasion's Lady Russell. 
He is head of the family and town, its biggest investor and master mind. Rich by inheritance, he takes too many risks. The wife is suportive even if sometimes she needs to take the reins. 
>> IMO, he has a lot of the good in Lady Susan's Mr. Vernon. Bingley, I'm not sure. Not so many smiles and easy laughs, I suppose. Enthusiastically, yeah... As for the wife, in canon it is hinted she is the lucid one in this marriage. 


Young Stringer


The magazine compared his good intentions to Emma's Mr. Knightley, although I find it odd because the main characteristic of Mr K for me is seriousness and Stringer is charming. Lovely dude, he is. Tom Parker's contractor is ambitious and competent, drawn to Charlotte's open nature. They surely cause a stir in one another... I'd say they fit. And form a kind of a triangle with Sidney.
>> In canon it's only mentioned that's he and his father have a fruit shop or something like it. But they actually got quite a good spot in the TV show and frankly, Charlotte would do well with him... I can even concoct a nice fanfic for them.


Diana Parker & Arthur Parker


Of the 3 sickly siblings, only Arthur & Diana lasted, and they got a humorous coloring. He is a good guy, she is a gossip. The magazine compared them to Persuasion's Mr Elliot and P&P's Mrs Bennet but I see them both as Emma's Harriet: naive and good-at-heart. They live together, repeat to be invalid for their many illnesses that are never proven, but drink, eat and exercise as normal people. Maybe a bit too much at times. Hypocondryacs as Emma's Mr. Woodhouse, you'll see. 
>> The most sickly sister, Susan, was cut and joined in them both. In a way it was for the good because she used rather extreme health methods in canon. Here in Brazil Arthur was seen as victim of fat phobia, real prejudice against him. 


Sir Edward Denham & Esther Denham


The worst in Mansfield Park's Henry Crawford and Northanger Abbey's Isabella Thorpe. Half siblings with something more, greed, evil machinations, spiteful grudges all mixed up. Do not let me give out their secret here - although it'spretty clear. Plus, they have something of S&S's John & Fanny Dashwood, in avarice. Sir Edward and Esther are half brothers in line to inherited Lady Denham fortune (her late husband was the baronet whose money she kept and title passed to the nephew). He is handsome, vain, obviously whicked. She is also handsome, sour, constantly in a bad mood. We only have to wonder why...
>> Well... Right from the start these two take us by surprise and, oh dear! He does have a lot of Anne Elliot's father (Persuasion) since he is a broke baronet, also a lot of Emma's Frank Churchil - have I told you I consider this to be Austen's greatest vilain? Oh, well, here I go telling you spoilers... And, of course, last but not least, P&P's Wickham! 
Edward and Clara on the green... urgh! Please, don't! It's disgusting.
Esther is a hurricane at first, but then... Ah! *delighted smile*



Clara Brereton


Mansfield Park's Fanny Price in status since she is an inpoverished niece but, do not fool yourself, very S&S's Lucy Steele underneath. Seems to be a good girl, but is determined and fights with arms and teeth to get her share of the old lady's fortune. Is a good oponent to the Denham brothers. 
>> In canon she promises to be much of a wallflower, like a P&P's Jane Bennet, although she can see through Sir Edward's schemes. Maybe a mix o Jane and Charlotte. That'd be nice, right? Anyway, in canon, her scene on the green with the baronet is not so... graphic. Almost compromising, but not quite. Could be, though. here on TV... Why, why, why?... 


Miss Lambe


Persuasion's Louisa Musgrove, the crazy gal who wants it all, and wants it now! She's the 'half-mulatto' from the Indies, rich as Emma or P&P's Georgiana Darcy, also as naive as both. Right, a young girl with so much money, she had to be guarded. She has open animonisity to her guardian, Sidney, and hates Sanditon so she is ready to cause trouble. Just wait and see. Of course, befriends Charlotte. Ha! 
>> In canon she is said to have lighter skin, and do not see any prejudice in me, please. Half mulato I understood as my color, deep browned or something. But in this TV show she is black and the reason to go to Sanditon is related to Sidney, not to the school of refinement. In canon it could have had something to do with him too since he arrives in town shortly after her, but it is not said. Let me tell you that, this show has a few moments of extremely bad taste in prejudice, they forget prejudice sometimes and then, suddenly, they remember it with a vengeance... Weird!  Anyway, it's said she's worth 100.000, as much as Mr Darcy. A girl worth that much would have to go down many people's throat, huh?

Also, these characters are not in canon nor the magazine article, but keep them in mind:


A happy widow that appears out of nowhere and decides everything at the last moment.

A rich know-it-all that also appears as magic and is barely used in plot. A pity.
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This is it.
for now.

I've made several posts as I watched it, later I'll work on those.
The last episode is already in English, if you (like me) enjoy a spoiler. Here.
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This city maquette is awesome!

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I'm about to realease a new JAFF
while I don't, check out my last one...
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domingo, 5 de janeiro de 2020

Carnival row & the last man I could be prevailed on to marry

Did you know CARNIVAL ROW hides a sweet romance?
I didn't!
Hi, everything ok?...
A few months ago I signed up to Amazon Prime Video and since then I have been watching the titles available here in Brazil valiantly because my house is a Netflix place, which means that no one liked Amazon. Besides me, of course. 
When I chose Amazon Video I was searching for a specific title that wasn't available, but I did find gems like Marvelous Mrs MaiselGood Omens and Agatha Christie's  Witness for the prosecution wept again (as I always do watching the 1st) with Mary Poppins returns, watch again and again Seinfeld , developed an addiction on The Office and... got stuck with Carnival Row. I tend to do it.
found this poster on tumblr, probably a fanart; but soooo nice becuase it kinda explains the plot and hints the male leader secret. 

Every now and then I get stuck on a show. Sometimes it is because it isn't as good as I expected, other I disliked altogether, this one had several little issues. The mix of high urban fantasy steampunk noir detective mystery - later on I'll talk more about this - got me half-bored because... 
- it's too dark (not the subject, the colors);
- it's a mad distopia;
- it has several species of humanoid creatures;
- it begins pretty slow;
- it opens with a war.


But, well, let's do it.
I forced myself to watch the 8 1h+ parts.


CARNIVAL ROW

Let me tell you that as much as I enjoy the Victorian era, I'm always researching and writing about it, not everything seduces me. Carnival row has beautiful sets and wardrobe from around 1855/80, the Burrow and the Row are incredible, Orlando Bloom is frequently in his birthday suit, but... war? Nah, not my cup of tea.

Anyway, the show is set in London, called The Burgue, capital of the country with the same name, and there humans have to live with refugees from past and present wars. Different species like fairies, fauns, centaurs, trolls, etc. and the humans hate them. These creatures are discriminates, work in lesser jobs even though in their countries they were MDs, librarians, scholars. In the Burgue they are maids, servants, butchers, sex workers. Housekeeper or butler are the best one could get.

They live and build the underworld, a trenchtown, slum called Carnival Row. As soon as this is explained I though: Assim q explica isso eu pensei: oh shit, a political show against Trump... I'm not American, we have our own blig problems here in Brazil, I don't need this!

BUT...
Be aware this contains tons of spoilers, can't do it for less.
It's way deeper than current US politics, thanks God. I hate when I'm fooled all along a movie or show and in the last moment I'm told it was a statement of nay kind. I'd rather be told from the first minute and decide if I do or do not go through it. 


Carnival Row is all about immigration.

But with no particular political view because no one is worth is dime. Might as well be called Brasília Row because here in Brasil, the politicians are all fucked up.
Well, the lead characters are Philo (Orlando Bloom), ex- war soldier and Vignette (Cara Delavine), a fairy newly arrived at the Burgue. 

His boss wants him to find the assassin to put an end to the riots poor people's area O chefe dele quer que ele ache logo onculpado para parar com os tumultos na favela, mesmo que mais fadas morram; são uma espécie nojenta mesmo.
Two or three chapters are spent on flash back telling of the leading couple's love story during war time, including a very cool hot scene. Fairies express pleasure on their wings, flapping and changing color. The detail of him lovingly touching her wing during sex is very sensual.
All this distracted me from a very interesting romance going on:

A faun and a rich girl of the Ton
See the dilemma?
The dude is half goat! How about that!
She is a princess of society, lives in a town house in é Finister Crossing, their Mayfair.

Yep...

Before you, as I did, connect this plot to his skin color, allow me to show you white skinned fauns. There are many other colors, many fauns roam around. The show doesn't focus on racism or prejudice for color, but race. Forgive me if I seem to confuse the issue, but in Carnival row they are a different species, not human but humanoids, get it?

Back to the cute little couple ...

As soon as their plot was presented, I guessed there was going to be a romance there. Beauty and the beast, The taming of the shrew, P&P, so many examples we love. But, like her, I thought her appearance a little revolting. Strong word, I know, but I imagined myself touching twisted horns, would it feel cold? Warm? Smooth? What about his fur? His brooding and scarce words weren't very inviting either...
Then, drop by drop they give us clues, very small drops, very slowly allowing us to meet the characters and warm to their romance. Meanwhile, the main characters struggle with the murders and the side plot that'll mix everything together.


And I did not see EMMA & Mr. KNIGHTLEY !
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imagine with me this delicious fanfic : Emma is bankrupt, almost in poverty she needs a way to maintain her majesty and influence in society. Then comes a new neighbor in Highbury: a rich gentleman, very distinct, Mr Knightley, who is an ex-convict. 
From the begining they fail to see face to face. She considers it an absurd to have such a person in the neighbohood, a risk, a danger! He is outraged with the animosity. But he is rich and she needs his money and he needs the social welcoming, so... they form a deal in which he pays for her company, errr... socially.
Do you think this will evolve to marriage?
Why not?!?!?

Now imagine Knightley with hooves and horns! 
That's it!!!

Damn, I was so surprised by the cool manner this romance was handled! Little by little!... Lots of sources in the internet compair it to Austen... ha!
The girl, Imogen, tries her best to humiliate Mr. Agreus. Turns her face away in public and he, in return, leaves her drenched in an elegant park during a storm!
We can almost hear her utter in all Lizzy Bennet intonation:
he is the last man I could be prevailed on to befriend!

Then she takes to spying on him through her window everyday, invites him to tea only to make him use the servants' door. It actually takes a lot of work to do so, she has to come up with a fake renovation of the house, this and that, and they end up in a huge fight. 

But being in her house he notices the pitiful state she lives with her brother and decides to use his money to buy what his rich life misses and in return, he has the chance to break her down. The rich snob of a beauty with a sharp tongue was up for a challenge! She accepts the deal in behalf of her brother. 

She then proceeds in presenting him to her rich friends offering an afternoon tea in which he is the guest of honor. The rich folks treat him as a servant, he responds with clever haughtiness, she starts to see something else on him. 

For their first outing, he sends her a dazzling new outfit. During the auction, e buys a very expensive painting only because her snob friend wanted it for himself. 

Her brother is outraged, forbids the friendship, she fears loosing the admiral monster only she knows for real and... They click!
Even with a hot scene!


I had to lighten the pic to see his legs...

Damn!!!
Even in the lightened pic, his faun legs are not so clear...
from WIKIThe goat man, more commonly affiliated with the Satyrs of Greek mythology than the fauns of Roman, are bipedal creatures with the legs of a goat and the head, torso, and arms of a man, and are often depicted with goat's horns and pointed ears. These creatures borrowed their appearance from the satyrs, who in turn borrowed their appearance from the god Pan of the Greek pantheon. They were symbols of peace and fertility.

The romance of main characters, Philo & Vignette, is a complicated hate; he is an ass, she is feisty. The other romance starts out of nowhere promissing to be quite good but the political adversaries turn it to vinegar too soon. The faun and the princess are, by far, the best couple.

Internet has thousands of gifs and videos of Imogen & Agreus.

And the actors...
how cute are David Gyasi and Tamzin Merchant?

I guess it is worth it to watch Carnival Row, but I can't recommend very enthusiastically. It's oh-so-very-dark! And yes, it did adjust the image both on my TV and my phone. 

The Tumblr 'thenightling' tried to list all the many aspects of the show:
 1. High fantasy:  It seems to take place in our world, but in truth it is set in a similar place, very alike Victorian era - around 1880s - but in this paralel world they are only in the VII century.
 2. Urban fantasy: For its supernatural creatures living in the city with modern living, very sophisticated style of Victorian times. Amongst humans there are fauns, fairies, kobolds, werewolves, witches and the Darkasher.
 3. Steam Punk: or Victorian science fiction with many machines, zeppelins (icreated in our 1900) and all else. Much can be seen on the war episodes.
 4. Noir detectives / Crime drama: the mystery behind it all, kinf of  a magical  Jack the ripper centerd on Philo with the atmosphere of a 1930s movie.
 5. Romance boddice ripper: Imogen e Agreus !!!
 6. Gothic horror: It is so dark with luxurious settings of a very gothic feel to it. Prophecies, witchcraft & dark magic, Franksteinish monsters, mutilation, dirty streets, danger and mystery.
 7. Documentary of war times: Quite beautiful war sequences, the horrors of battle and the aftermath, human misery - as well as of the other species.
 So...
Are you excited to watch it?

How about now?
I bet it offers a good push!

Hve you watched it?
Let's talk about it!


As for Victorian era, I do have a cute romance to offer:

See ya!

obs.: all images come from tumblr, except os gifs from decider