Date: 01 Sep 2016 12:07 am Title: Chapter 16 - A Touch of Rosy Sunset
Another lovely chapter! Helen and Ian are so understanding and supportive of Hilda and understand that, whilst she really should be resting and endeavouring to recover from the recent calamities they know that she must return to school.
The afternoon with Isobel proved to be a real eye opener for Hilda. From a shared love of books the friendship quickly grew and somehow Hilda found herself opening up and confiding her grief over the loss of her mother, James and Nell. Some lovely excerpts from Hilda's books of quotations too.
Then to finish, the conversation with Ellie and Jeanne which showed how their friendship is developing and how much they are helping each other. Thank you Mary.
Date: 24 Aug 2016 11:42 pm Title: Chapter 16 - A Touch of Rosy Sunset
Thank you Mary. A lovely addition to an already moving chapter.
Date: 24 Aug 2016 1:52 pm Title: Chapter 16 - A Touch of Rosy Sunset
The depth of Hilda’s grief comes through and the loneliness of her situation as she strives to bear all of the responsibility without Nell. But so too does the extent of the support of her new friendships…Ian, Helen, Isobel…new people rock up into your life, maybe sharing similar circumstances, life experiences or sense of humour (*grins*) and God dusts off her hands and says “see what I did there?”
Love the George Eliot quote ‘Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.’ Thank you, Mary.
Date: 24 Aug 2016 9:28 am Title: Chapter 16 - A Touch of Rosy Sunset
Oh Hilda, putting all those strands together as a whole made rather a thick rope didn't it, no wonder she collapsed like that. She so desperately needs rest - both mental and physical - but that's the one thing not forthcoming.
I have to say that I would almost feel sorry for Mr Cassidy if he did think Gwynneth an easier target, how little does he know about what would be said and done to him.
Thank you so much for adding in Hilda and Isobel's afternoon, it was even more than I had hoped it would be when it was missing. That bond between two such loving and giving personalities has forged a true friendship in no time at all and it exactly what Hilda needs right now. I'm only surprised that Hilda didn't send a box of tea with Isobel - although she may have done so surreptitiously of course.
Both Jeanne and Ellie have grown so much and that's another friendship which will bring many joys as well as comfort and support whenever either of them need it. Their personalities do indeed mirror Hilda and Nell but also Hilda with Isobel and Vivien who are two new friends with whom she has found herself being so open and honest.
Thank you Mary, whilst the reposting must be tedious and annoying for you I for one am more than glad it's given us Hilda and Isobel as a bonus.
Date: 24 Aug 2016 2:11 am Title: Chapter 16 - A Touch of Rosy Sunset
I thought this was a very moving section the first time round but the addition of the loving talk with Isobel has made the entire chapter even more satisfying - a rather special filling in an already lovely sandwich, if you will! We could sense a special spark between Hilda and Isobel from the moment the latter arrived at the San (was it really only on Wednesday?) and it was clear in your first version that the two of them had spent a very happy couple of hours together. But though Isobel was initially horrified at inadvertently touching on such a delicate issue, she must have been extremely touched by Hilda's frankness in confiding in her as she did. She must have felt very honoured to be treated in this way, and, though she probably doesn't realise it, she provided just the help which Hilda needed at that minute through the coincidence of their both having lost a fiance. She was able to offer Hilda a unique comfort as she assured her, from the depths of her own experience, that the grieving for her mother, James and Nell really would pass, leaving only fond memories - not immediately, but in time. It was also lovely to see Isobel's reaction to the news of Hilda's future path - even in the very short time they have known each other, she can just how fitted Hilda is to the Convent's raison d'etre. I hope they will continue their friendship once Hilda enters.
Meantime the early section of the chapter gains even more poignancy as we remember what is to come - Helen's concern for Hilda's mental state is definitely well-founded, and I think she regretted not having the authority to insist that Hilda remain at the San there and then. But Hilda draws strength from her and from Ian, to enable her to take care of Barbara's needs over lunch and see Vivien, Ellie and Jeanne off to visit Marianne, although (again, knowing what is to come) that ice-cold lump around her centre as she prepares for Isobel's arrival is clearly a portent for the morrow, both physically and mentally. The last part, as before, reinforces the lovely relationship which is growing between Jeanne and Ellie, one which is good for both of them; their determination to be settled back into Larkspur before Meg's return is only matched by Jeanne's insistence on moving back that night, understanding Ellie's need for one more night alone with her guardian. I continue to love Ellie's use of the English language, with the twists and turns which remind us of her French upbringing.
Thank you, Mary.
Date: 24 Aug 2016 1:02 am Title: Chapter 16 - A Touch of Rosy Sunset
What a lovely scene between Hilda and Isobel - thank you for the extra bit. I think Hilda needs a friend outside the school and it seems Isobel will be one. Good that they have the shared experience of losing a fiance, it will draw them closer.
Date: 23 Aug 2016 11:15 pm Title: Chapter 16 - A Touch of Rosy Sunset
Hilda is getting closer to a breakdown with everything that has been thrown at her recently. Ian is such a wonderful support for her but even that is making her feel guilty. Isobel will become a great friend I'm sure once Hilda is at the convent. I love, in the previous chapter, that Hilda gave Marianne Nell's Josephine Tey crime novels and the photo. Marianne will be Hilda's slave forever!
Date: 23 Aug 2016 11:10 pm Title: Chapter 16 - A Touch of Rosy Sunset
Mary, thank you. The changes are there and enhance the chapter, especially the friendship developing between Hilda and Isabel. I am pleased that lsabel wants to continue the friendship after Hilda joins the Community.
Hilda's conversations with Helen and Jeanne are so caring as well.