My daughter and I kid one another that there are only about 100 British actors. And that they are all related somehow.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the show, To the Manor Born. It’s not the star, Penelope Keith, or her character, Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, who is on my mind, but Audrey’s sidekick, Marjory Frobisher.
Marjory was an old school friend of Audrey’s. She was probably the only one with low enough self-esteem to hang around for the emotional drubbings meted out by the well-dressed Alpha female. As adults, Audrey has no visible means of support. Family money or a shadowy husband maybe. She is the good-enough friend who tends to go-along-to-get-along with the scheming, manipulative Audrey. In other words, Marjory is a pushover.
Weakness of character aside, I looked up the actress who played Marjory. Angela Thorne is best known for this particular role, was married to another actor, the late Peter Penry-Jones. Their best known production seems to be the not-hard-to-gaze-upon, Rupert Penry-Jones.
Those of you who are Austen adaptation fans will know him as the most recent Captain Frederick Wentworth.
In some ways, I think Marjory and Anne Elliot are a lot alike. The difference is that Anne eventually gets somewhat of a spine and steps forward when opportunity in the form of Frederick-at-the-concert presents. Poor Marjory never did as I recall the show.
Many posts on Austen message boards posit that all of life circles back to Pride and Prejudice, For me though, no matter where I wander, I somehow get back to Persuasion.
Now how did I get from there to here?