Friday, October 17, 2008

I had riches all too great to count

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When I was a little girl, I read Joan Aiken's series about Dido Twite. The second book of the series was Black Hearts in Battersea, a story about an alternate-universe England where King James III rules instead of the Hanovers. One of the charming parts of the book was reading about the street scenes and color of England at the turn of the 1700s. Just beginning to industrialize, there were still puppet shows on the busy streets of London, and the most popular was Punch and Judy. Punch is a mischievous wastrel who is constantly in trouble with his wife Judy, and in the grand old tradition of comic theater uses a stick to beat everybody up whenever he's upset.

He also sings this lovely song, which becomes ironic coming out of his mouth:

I dreamed I dwelt in marble halls
With vassals and serfs at my side,
And of all who assembled within those walls
That I was the hope and the pride.

I had riches all too great to count
And a high ancestral name.
But I also dreamed which pleased me most
That you loved me still the same.


Here I am wearing a ~silentsparrow~ frock coat suited to the 1700s, and pastel boots from First Flower (post two) that match perfectly, wandering the marbled halls of Duskwood. Which is why all of this was on my mind...

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***Boots: ~First Flower~ Witch-Hazel II in Sky Blue
***Tattoo: *Alices Garden* tattoo - Macy
***Skin: Fleur Allure Ivory Audacious 3
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Wrath I - Midnight
***Necklace and earrings: (Violet Voltaire) Queen Alice from the Wonderland Collection
***Wings: ~silentsparrow~ from the unseelie set (tinted powder blue)
***Outfit: ~silentsparrow~ clair de lune in (starlight)
***Lip Pierce: No Mercy Skeleton Head Piercing
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