Meryl Streep at the Golden Globe Awards, 2007 (x)
“I like trains. I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of: for this moment I know where I am going.” - Anna Funder
Phryne feels unable to fully “give herself” to any one man, and she sees monogamy as symbolic of that
but Jack finds himself unable to engage in anything but monogamy - it’s just not something he can really do
so they’re locked in a circle of unresolved tension - they’re very close, but they have an undefined relationship, and neither of them are okay with losing the other, so they’re staying in this perpetual “safe” zone
and yeah, I get that it’s just another straight white couple in a will-they-won’t-they situation
except that it’s not
the thing that is stopping them getting together is in their heads, rather than in society
and this is why I will be severely let down if they ever get married or officially start stepping out or whatever - because it means that Miss Fisher will have made the concession, and Jack wins out
I think we’re having trouble enough without polygamy being resolved by an internal revolution that “he is The One”, y’know?
This just so perfectly captures my writing problems right now, because in order for the pair of them to be together in any way, one must give up a fundamental aspect of who they are.
Either Jack must be content that she will never be “his” exclusively, or Phryne must relinquish her autonomy.
So, for it to work, one of them must be completely selfish - and that is hardly love at all.
Well played, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, well played.
Essie Davis || The Slap || 2011
We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.
Eleanor Roosevelt (via words-and-coffee)
Essie Davis & Nathan Page as Phryne Fisher & Jack Robinson in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Episode 3, Series 2, Dead Man’s Chest).
Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.