The Red Queen

8 Oct

My friend Jill, who blogs as northoneartist*, has an alter ego, Mrs Potts the Painter’s wife (from the Victorian card game, Happy Families). She has a theory that everyone can be likened to a character in a children’s book or game and it’s true, as she says, that everyone knows a Tigger and an Eeyore (from the Pooh books).

What, then, am I? Since there isn’t a Mr in my house, I can’t be one of the Happy Families wives and none of the Pooh characters seems to fit; Ratty in The Wind in the Willows might do – despite being the wrong sex – but he’s described as having a life of leisure; and Beatrix Potter’s characters are all much to sweet. Finally, since I can occasionally be somewhat imperious, we settled on the Red Queen, from Through the Looking Glass.

Having done a little research, I discovered that I will have to forgo shouting “off with their heads” since that was the Queen of Hearts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The two queens are often mistaken for one another and have had their characteristics combined in films, but the author, Lewis Carroll, said that he pictured the Queen of Hearts “as a sort of embodiment of unmanageable passion – a blind and aimless Fury” (that’s certainly not me), whereas the Red Queen was “…another type; her passion must be cold and calm – she must be formal and strict, yet not unkindly; pedantic to the 10th degree…” (and that, I think, definitely is me).

I shall use my Red Queen persona occasionally, particularly when I’m blogging about politics and politicians. I shall simply have to mutter “off with their heads” under my breath.

*Jill’s blog is well worth following.

Today’s picture

Home from two weeks holiday in Mallorca (or Majorca if you prefer) in, mostly, brilliant sunshine. This is a view from Randa that I took in May.

It’s so cold here – and wet – that I’ve started putting t-shirts away and getting woolly jumpers out. Image

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4 Responses to “The Red Queen”

  1. Gilly October 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    “much too sweet” Adrianne !! Very unusual to spot a mistake – still it makes me happy anyway…….. xx

  2. northoneartist October 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    I see Gilly has already spotted the deliberate mistake! You’re just checking to see who reads The Red Queen!

  3. alswordsnpictures October 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Oh dear – typing error and, of course, the spell check didn’t pick it up. Still, as Joe E Brown said, “nobody’s perfect”!

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