Mr. Thornton, the perfect accompaniment to grading

Dear Mr. Thornton, tonight I continue to occupy myself with papers relating to your adventures at Marlborough Mills and their social context in the world of the nineteenth century, as seen through the tendencies of the western tradition on economic thinking. If you had any idea how badly some of these are written, you’d flip. Though yes, there are a few surprises, from students who’ve been arrested by your gaze into watching the historical portions of that film very, very carefully. After plowing through a few I’ve decided to put you on in the background as healing balm for the professorial soul. It’s amazing how much faster and more smoothly grading goes when I don’t have to concentrate on the painful aspects of those papers but can remind myself to be elevated by your healing presence. It’s particularly helpful when the man who portrays you, Richard Armitage, uses his amazing voice and entrancing period accent to distract me from marking down every single grammatical error in the essays. Oh, dear Mr. Thornton, thanks so much for being you — I wouldn’t change a thing. Your grateful friend, transported by your sublime presence, Professor Servetus

~ by Servetus on April 13, 2011.

48 Responses to “Mr. Thornton, the perfect accompaniment to grading”

  1. I love that picture, and to think I didn’t like it the first time I saw it. What I fool I was.

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  2. I mean to say “a fool.” Yes, I was a big fool.

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  3. He has quite a sublime three quarter profile, doesn’t he? Mmmmm. What jumps out at me is he has such a shapely mouth for thin lips.

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  4. And you are the lady who said some months ago, that you are so NOT funny??? Well, turning the RL experiences into witty (funny)discourse!

    The actor, this blog, and some others, just reaches into a creative part of all of us. And if that isn’t better than aloe vera balm -well.

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  5. Weird. I was just sitting here trying to read the prof’s post and couldn’t seem to get past the pretty picture. Nice lips I must say and the voice that comes through them is pretty durned nice too. If JT can soothe me while mixing, baking, leveling, cooling cakes, surely he can do the same for grading? Strange the excuses we find for watching it Just One More Time!!

    Signed-Another Grateful Transportee

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    • Should I admit I haven’t watched it in a year? That might explain why I’m so uptight. : D

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      • No way! For real? A year!?? That’s almost…almost…sacriligious. I prescribe 8 straight hours of N&S. It can undo uptightness in a flash! The last 5 mins. alone can make sappy puddles of us.

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      • om, yeah! Get right over to watching that.

        I was recently struggling to concentrate on grading in the quiet but I suddenly became way more efficient when I put on the DVD series of Little Dorrit. It was like the really vicious judging part of my brain had something else to occupy it.

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  6. He’s so pretty. *sigh*

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    • (Can you tell I’m waiting for cakes to bake?)

      Has anyone everyone ever addressed this before?: How many of us have EVER used the adjective “pretty” to describe a man before? *shakes head not me* Just wondering.

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      • I’ve described men as pretty, but rarely beautiful. As that interviewer stated, this guy is a “beautiful boy.”

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      • For me he’s not less than handsome LOL. Sometimes his sexyness jumps out more than his handsomeness and other times he’s just drop dead gorgeous.

        OML ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • The word popping into my head right now is SCRUMPTIOUS!!! That’s right ladies, I think he’s scrumptious!! mm,mmm, good! Oh ya, I think I want cake too….What kind of cake are you baking NovemberBride?

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        • Listen, if I could get you gals over here for cake, I’d do it in a New York minute!! What FUN that would be. Course I would have to share JT then wouldn’t I?! =)

          Cake of the moment is chocolate fudge…3 tier topped w/monster truck for my 4 yr old grandson. I’m combining about 4 cakes that I saw online for the design. DIL #3 is baking yet another cake for friend’s daughter’s birthday and will come over after naptime to help put cakes together and decorate! (Gotta love DIL’s!!) Vanilla w/strawbery filling. Birthday girl wants a baby doll on her cake. Thinking about that one. Not due till Sat AM. And to that end:

          Dear Mrs. Thornton,

          Thank you for your pretty/beautiful/scrumptuous/drop-dead gorgeous son. You did good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          A devoted yet sane transportee,
          Granny

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          • Oh my, NB, you made me want cake sooo much. They sound not just yummy but impressive! But I settled for home-made chocolate chip cookies instead. With a nice cup of tea. And now, I think I’ll watch a bit of Harry and Gerry (saving JT for Sat).

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          • You are indeed one impressive cake-maker, NB, and Granny, may I add, to do such wonderful things for your “Grands”.
            A thought just popped into my head. I wonder what his RL parents would think of all this devotion? Hope and pray they never read this stuff. He certainly has given them reason to be very proud of him indeed. I’m sure he will never let them down.

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  7. “Beautiful Man” would be my description. And the 3/4 profile is particularly engaging. Love the complete profile, too. Nose, brow and chin defintions. Just no bad angles, and each angle conveying a different, chameleon aspect – perfect for a distinguished actor.

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    • Oh yes, Mr. A looks fantastic in profile, especially the 3/4 one. I particularly like it when he has side-burns…It accentuates the line of his jaw at that angle.

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  8. I think it has been discussed before but not for a while. Let me just say that I NEVER have and never EVER thought I would use that word either – nor the word “beautiful” – to describe a grown man! But in his case it seems highly appropriate!! How can that be? I ask myself this question over and over!! His kissing scenes make sappy puddles of us all I fear, but who’s complaining!!

    And yet ANOTHER grateful Transportee!

    (Keep wishing I could join you for some cake, NovemberBride!!)

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    • Sorry! I put my above reply in the wrong place! It should have been in reply to your “No way! For real?….” comment NovemberBride.

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  9. Oh yes Mr Thornton’s a wonderful character.

    I’d like to think that Mrs Gaskell looked out from beyond the grave
    to see how the BBC handled her story.
    I can imagine her breath catching as she sees her Mr Thornton brought so magnificently and nobly to life.

    **********

    Dear Mr Thornton. This Lancashire lass with mill workers as ancestors;
    has stood in Queen Street Mill and Helmshire Mill where your mill interiors were filmed.

    She silently squee’d as she imagined seeing you there so majestically made flesh by Mr A.

    Let me thank you for the hours that you’ve helped me get through
    piles of ironing. Watching the first three episodes over three days
    makes the reducing of an ironing mountain fly by.

    Finally I can let myself sit down and relish the final episode.
    * sigh *

    Sincerely your admirer

    Amanda xxx

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    • Ah, beautiful letter!

      I know I’ll never walk up Carlton Hill in Edinburgh without hoping I’ll bump into Mr. Thornton…. And to think I was actually in Edinburgh while they were filming North and South. I might have walked by him and not noticed. Stupid girl!!! (Must have been blind!)

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    • Love the idea of Gaskell falling in love with Armitage’s Thornton ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. John Thornton soothes many an upset, I can tell you. Last Saturday I reversed the car into a post and dented it. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The first thing I did after confessing to hubby, was sit down to a re-watch of the whole series. Just hearing Martin Phipp’s score at the beginning, and seeing Margaret’s face through the train window, was enough to calm me as I knew I was being carried off into a different world. But oh, the quickening of the pulse when Margaret and the viewers catch the first glimpse of John on the platform, then the rush of adrenalin as he bellows, “Stevens!” and charges through the factory straight at him and us! I’ve watched this series too many times to count, but I still wait with bated breath for the scenes with John Thornton and melt when he speaks!

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    • Here I was thinking I was the only one who waited breathlessly for that scene!! AND melted!!! Although I have the DVD’s I find I HAVE to look it up on YT now and then to get a “fix” if I don’t have time to sit and watch it all! When I hear the music it “makes ME tingle”!!

      I do hope the dent wasn’t a bad one. Still upsetting though.

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      • The best part about the car was that hubby took it in his stride and didn’t make a colossal fuss about it. It was a dismal, rainswept Saturday, just perfect for curling up on the sofa with a pot of tea and my favourite actor, so four hours went by like a dream! ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • That is one sweet hubby you have there MillyMe. Some guys might have hit the roof! No doubt the nasty weather contributed to the accident. But you painted a lovely picture there “curling up on the sofa with a pot of tea and my favourite actor”. Sounds like the perfect antidote to whatever ails us. No wonder the “four hours went by like a dream” ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thinking I might need to have me some this afternoon even though it isn’t raining outside (for a change)!!

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          • I’m planning to do just that, on Sat, with two friends. We are doing a N&S marathon at my friend’s house … on her 60 inch TV. Mr. Thornton Super-sized!!! Woohoo.
            And there will be a JT “virgin” (maybe I should say newbie ;)) there…Can’t wait to see how she reacts to him. ๐Ÿ™‚

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            • JT on a 60 inch screen!! WOW!! I only have a 32 inch but it is HD. Maybe one of these days I’ll “borrow” my SIL’s big screen when everyone is at school or work and swoon for a few hours. I hope your JT “virgin” – sorry newbie – will be well and truly “stirred”!!

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        • @MillyMe That is a sweet hubby! Glad the accident wasn’t any worse. A dent is easily repaired.

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    • I’m glad you’re ok, MillyMe!

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  11. Ouch, glad the car boo-boo wasn’t any worse. Imagine my dismay as a humongous wild turkey flew smack dab into me as I’m toodling down our dirt road to town in brand spanking new truck. Crap was all I could think of. And you know, “it” happens! Aren’t we lucky that we married sane loving men who value us above a new vehicle?!! Most of the time… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    On my way home this AM from haircut appt., swung by friend’s house who is confined another 4 weeks in lovely hot pink foot cast. I left her my backup spare (count them, I have 2 spares. One can NEVER have too many!!!) of N&S. Really really anxious to see how she likes it. Soon as hubs comes in for lunch, disc 2 is going in for the afternoon to “accompany” me during filling, crumb coating, smoothing icing, making fondant decorations…errr, sorry. TMI!! Already anticipating the last 5 mins.!!

    Grading all done, Serv?! Just think, only X number of days before summer break!!! =0) Get that bikini on “all systems GO”!!!!!

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    • Do you know NovemberBride I think you are on to something there. I think I’ll have to bite the bullet and order another N&S as one really isn’t enough. I have always dreaded anything happening to the one I have and don’t want to let it out of my sight!

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    • uch, that’s really stressful. I hit a deer once and it flattened me for two days.

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  12. My first experience with N&S was also my first experience with serials. When part one finished with Margaret telling Mr. Hale, “they do things differently here” I thought it odd to end there. While Armitage was there, he did not particularly attract me. Then I realized there were other parts to N&S. Armitage grew on me, and GREW on me until he became an (my only) obsession.

    As far as RA being describe by some of us a “pretty” or “beautiful” I describe him as essential.

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  13. Thanks for the concern about pranging the car. Hubby is sweet, but I think he is now resigned to knowing that accidents might happen when I drive. I’ve “bumped” the car several times in the past few years. Nothing serious, fortunately, but every bump leaves its mark. It’s being repaired tomorrow which will be rather pricey, but that’s the Norwegian cost of living for you!

    I’m amazed at how generous everyone seems to be with regards to “sharing” Richard. I can’t bring myself to do so in RL even with my closest friends. It’s as though I feel that drroling with them will leave less for me, LOL! As though I don’t already share him with myriads of gorgeous women around the globe!

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  14. Do you mean to say your classes involve watching North and South? Where do we sign up for it?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • One of them does ๐Ÿ™‚ However this class (w. civ in modern times) would be much too easy for the average British university student. It primarily seeks to cover one of the many holes in the average U.S. high school education.

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  15. I wonder what would happen if hospitals started to perscribe “Thornton Therapy?”

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