Thursday’s Special: Dressed to the nines

Sometimes a woman must make an extra effort.

That’s exactly what Maggie Verver did after having discovered a betrayal by her husband and her step mother.

Determined to save her marriage Maggie convinces her father to leave England and to return to the States with his young bride.

In the course of the novel (“The Golden Bowl” by Henry James) we see Maggie transform from a naive, impressionable daddy’s girl into a woman of strength and determination who has her priorities straight and is ready to fight for what’s hers.

Dressed to the nines and armed with tenacity and a desperate endeavor to keep her family together, for the first time Maggie is taking charge of her life.


Maggie Verver: "I want happiness without a hole in it! I want the bowl without the crack!"

Maggie Verver: “I want happiness without a hole in it! I want the bowl without the crack!” (double click on the photo will show it sharper)


**About Thursday’s Special: It is a ‘non-challenge’ challenge that appeals to bloggers eager to wake up their creativity and show their own ideas and interpretation of the world. I invite everybody interested to join in. There are no themes, titles and techniques set for your expression, there are no limits and restrictions (no red tape whatsoever). The only thing required is to post a photo post on Thursdays entitled “Thursday’s Special: (your theme/title)” (as explained in my Thursday’s Special introductory post), to provide a link to my Thursday’s Special post, and to leave a link to your post in the comments section of my post. If you like Thursday’s Special widget, feel free to grab it and post it on your blog.


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26 Comments on “Thursday’s Special: Dressed to the nines

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  2. I just love seeing your beautiful dolls Paula. This one is such a lady and so beautiful! Stunning shot hon!
    I do hope Maggie realised that the cheating husband is not worth it. 😀 Love the music too. 🙂
    I did a butterfly post and while I was doing it, I thought of you and your Thursday’s Special and kept it just for your non-challenge:
    Hope you like. 😀
    ♥ Big Hugs ♥


    • 🙂 my tiny porcelain doll collection was supposed to count 42 of them, but the sale/production has been discontinued and I am left with only 15 which is a shame cause I got so hooked on them. This season I have shared 8 of them, and I will keep the other 7 for next winter when I am cold and bored and can’t get out to take photos. I adore your butterflies. I know what you are shooting with and I am very impressed with the detail in your close-ups. You must be a very patient lady, Sophia. Thank you for thinking of me, for remembering Thursday and for giving me such a great gift. With hugs, P.


    • Music is called “Musica Poetica” by Carl Orff. Most people are familiar or have heard of his Carmina Burana, but not of that piece. It was recommended by a dear blogger friend.


  3. ‘A bowl without a crack in it’ is sometimes too big an ask, Paula. Sad that life is not all that you would wish it. Mine often falls far short. But we are masters of disguise, are we not?
    Your work is exquisite and I so look forward to seeing what Thursday brings. Wishing you well, Paula. Warm hugs 🙂


    • This time I was really talking about Maggie Verver, though we all have cracks in our bowls if we are lucky to have any bowls at all – I don’t even have a silver one and much less gold :D. Like you said my dear Jo, being a master of disguise is a necessity and today I am mastering it. Yesterday it was a different story.. well, as long as I can laugh at my own “lows” I am fine. Is Thursday taking you to some lovely walks? I hope the weather is kind and neck flexible again 🙂 Hugs to you 🙂


      • Wet! Wet! Wet! So I’m wandering in Andalucia where the warmth will do my neck good 🙂 (and wearing a light scarf for the English weather) Thanks, hon.


  4. I loved how you described the novel. Makes me want to go and read it. Thanks for sharing. Love the music, too.


    • 😀 Yes, when I describe henry james’ novels they all sound almost like soaps 😀 – but the character analysis is profound and I love his writing. Thank you very much for the visit Carolina. I like having you here 🙂


      • I do enjoy your blog. Always find novel ideas. I have a friend who does the same when describing historical events. She makes me curious to learn more about the 1800s.


        • Interesting 🙂 You got me curious about your friend’s presentation too 😀 Have a great day, Carolina and thank you again!


  5. The german composer Carl Orff made ​​several operas – his basic idea was to start to start every time with a “child’s mind” as a starting point – not any “silly you know what I mean” nonsense from him – actually like his music… 🙂

    Beautiful doll… 😉


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