Country Life and Classic Linen

Molly Gibson

I am easily attracted to old-fashioned simplicity. So while recently re-watching the BBC mini-series Wives and Daughters, I was pleasantly stunned by the simplicity of Molly Gibson’s outfits. In order to give her an air of country honesty, the costume designers chose many natural tones for her all around attire. This was a stark contrast to her step-mother and step-sister’s London flamboyancy.

I’d like to draw special attention to the linen apron. Incredibly simple. And yet beautiful in its serenity. It reminded me of these bags from Knit Picks I had seen some time ago.

These fit right into the pure country life of ages ago, when life consisted of sewing, housework, and long walks on the green country side, the latter being the most appealing. I suppose that’s one of the main things that draws me to the classics. A different way of life. It’s so strange to compare these lifestyles to our own. They almost appear other-worldly.

But I couldn’t go on without speaking of the film. The story is from a book of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell. I have never read it –though I’ve wanted to very badly– so I can’t say whether the movie follows it or not.

Doctor Gibson and Molly

Molly Gibson is the daughter of a country doctor. She loves her life with her widower father, whom she occasionally assists in his work when necessary. When one of his patients, Mrs. Hamley, begs to meet her, she stays with them for a while and becomes a daughter to both Squire and Mrs. Hamley, and a sister to both of the brothers. One day, she is startled when her father decides to marry again. In good nature, she tries to give her step-mother a chance but “silly” is the best word to describe her. Her step-sister is definitely different than she, and carries with her a haunting secret, but they get along very well. When Mrs. Hamley dies however, Molly becomes a boon to the Squire and the brothers, Osborne and Roger. As the dramas of their life play out, Molly becomes the centerpiece of them all. While being a willing pupil to Roger’s talks on science, she begins to realize he has become more than a brother to her. But her heart is broken when he proposes to her step-sister on the eve of his leaving on a scientific expedition to Africa for two years. During that time, she learns of Osborne’s secret, one that is threatening to tear his life in two. Her step-sister reveals her secret as well and Molly becomes instrumental in freeing her new sister from her bondage, yet at the risk of losing her own good standing among the townsfolk. Meanwhile, she struggles with her feelings for Roger and fear for his life while her step-sister seems to care very little for the welfare of the man she is engaged to.

Roger Hamley

If you want to find out what happens, you’ll have to watch the movie. Believe me, it’s a great story!

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