Student: Christine Thomas
Date: Wednesday, 2/20/14
Fiennes' story about Charles Dickens and his secret love was done so respectfully that I tilt my top hat off to him. The story was about how Charles Dickens fell in love with this once upon a time actress who was pretty, smart, young and an absolute fan. They spent much time together working on and in plays along with Nelly, two of her sisters and their mother. The real problem arose because Dickens was already married with children. People suspected their love and Nelly conceived a child that belonged to Dickens so he hid her in a house in another country. A love story including a one with Pip is the tale that best suits their love because at the end they couldn't be together. Nelly lost the child at birth (baby was stillborn) and their secret was kept safe with him even after being thrown from a train - Dickens signs the death certificate with a different name and during the train incident they claim not to know each other as to keep their events and love a secret. Dickens eventually dies and Nelly tried to carry on their love in "shadows" but could not any longer because she was married with her own child after some time and the memory of her and Dickens left her heart torn. She finally gets over it when a man (music teacher I believe) lets her know without judgment that he knows of the affair she and Dickens had. He noticed because of the way she talked and moved - it mirrored the woman called Ellen in one of his (Dickens') writings.
I love the tone of the movie. It was soft, warm, and every scene was like poetry - beautiful poetry. As I viewed the movie, I could take photographs of every scene and it would've been astounding portraits. That's how delicate the texture of the recreated 1800s was! Hats off to Fienne for such an excellent job! Dickens' would have been happy - except that the secret would've been out! LOL But anyway nice, very nice and pleasant.