“I have this fantasy about painting my nails. Cherry red talons gleaming in the light. One day I won’t be able to resist it any longer. I’ll chuck out my rubber gloves, the carbolic soap and that infernal nail brush. Trade it all in for lashes of Atrixo and a proper manicure.”
“But not yet?”
“Absolutely not yet. There’s work to be done.”
Trixie’s attitude towards work, if anybody had any doubts.
villettess said: Yes this is a lovely edit!
I love that part so much. I often feel that when religion is expressed prominently it can become a point of contention, which I personally feel that it should not have to be. Perhaps people are not so good at agreeing to disagree as we like to think. So, perhaps especially, in light of Jenny Lee’s confusion at arriving at a nursing convent, for Sister Julienne to very frankly make clear their primary roles in the community, and basically saying that Jenny would have been accepted regardless of faith (hopefully), is something to admire. This is probably also a precursor to other stories on the show featuring relationships that society, then and now, may question, but to which the nuns choose to turn a blind eye in order to put their duties first.
“Holy sleeves Batman!” Some other works by Norman Hartnell, besides the nurse’s uniforms at The London in 1958. Note that the description for the top one is an “informal evening dress”.
All three dresses designed by Hartnell for HRH the Princess Margaret between 1948-1950. Our midwives can dream, can’t they? The red one reminds me of this confection from Oscar de la Renta:
…well, I can dream too. That said, compared to the output of many fashion houses today, I dare say that these silhouettes would have been comparatively more accessible to the secular residents at Nonnatus, especially considering the higher number of home-sewers at the time. During the war, many women had been encouraged to form sewing bees to provide uniforms for the men on the front line.
The drawings belong to the online archives of the V&A, and the picture of the OdlR dress is from here.
Call the Midwife, based on a true story
Sister B dismissing/scolding people in her gentle, gentle way.
After Sister Monica Joan makes her comment about Sister Evangelina’s thorax you can even hear a gasp before the quiet “behave yourself!” This despite the fact that, after over 10 years at Nonnatus, Sister B must be more than aware of group dynamics, so I shall put it down to a personality trait.
(And I love her accent.)