expressing love. Excitement of my first kiss - butterflies - flutter inside you about
exchanging those gestures.
•clip from Sense and Sensibility - character Mariana (KATE WINSLET - sensibility),
older sister (Emma Thompson) is sense. Father has died, left without a male provider -
meaning their social circumstances fall drastically in this gentrified society. The neighbor
comes and is drawn to Mariana who is playing the piano. Not by chance that we see
him riding up by horse at that exact moment - not idle. Coded gesture for HUMPING,
THE SEXUAL ACT - subtle jokes in Operas (Mozart etc.) To have a character ride up,
potentially looking for sexual conquest. Hunting for a WIFE. Already signaled and coded
in that clip. She (kate winslet) sings about “weep no more, softly sleeping” - dream
world. She has a real porcelain complexion. Image of beauty and serenity. Little curl to
admire the neck, little tendril to tantalize, very seductive 18th century gesture. He is in
the man of commerce. Her voice penetrates, he is attracted. Fact she sings about
dreaming, about potentiality of song to transport into this new feeling. MALE
DOMINANCE and FEMALE ADORATION. He stands at the door, she is seated sweetly
- HIGHLY GENDERED STUFF HERE. MALE GAZE - SHE IS THE OBJECT OF HIS
GAZE. Men have been part of the economy who have PRODUCED THE PIANO - made
the money for it to be there - but women are being given lessons, taught to play,
•understanding that music is not just sound - what you are hearing is VISUAL AS
•Desire we see built up int he time she is performing - we notice that because of the
intensity of this GAZE - music is aural and visual!
•Men in this gentrified british society, living off inheritances, servants etc. - LEISURED
•Women fill their idleness - and because they are idle, fact that they do not need to
work out in the fields etc in society, shows how privileged they are.
•WOMEN SEATED AT THE PIANO, DEMONSTRATED THEIR FEMALE
ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE FINE ARTS (embroidery, needlework, fabric design,
ornament making, painting, learned foreign languages, reading to show literacy, not
taught elocution or rhetoric) - women didnt got to univeristy, entire education done at
home - one of the major female accomplishments though was MUSIC - MUSIC
•Being literate in reading music was big - but women not taught music theory,
composition - women weren’t taught to become the composers (men’s role still) - only
taught to read and play.
•MUSIC/PIANO TEACHERS WERE mainly MALE if they were considered reputable.
DEBASING YOURSELF by giving music lessons AS A WOMAN - UNACCEPTABLE
TO DO SO IN SOCIETY (unless of course if the husband died and female was
•Ladylike accomplishments were SINGING AND PLAYING ALONE - that is what men
admired. But You are showing this accomplishment to others when you are eligible for
MARRIAGE (married women wouldn’t do this). Showing themselves off, making their