Saturday, December 12, 2009

Information Overload?


Left: Edith, perhaps as late as 1914. I like the detail on the clothes, very pretty. Still, it must have been hot in those clothes. Or was it? Perhaps it is true that covering yourself up with natural fabrics, in light colours, is the way to stay cool on very hot days. No deodorant in those days. Of all the products in the Eaton's Catalogue for 1909, so many ridiculous in restrospect, there is no underarm deodorant at all.

I decided to start researching the Quebec Tercentary or La Tircentaire de Quebec, and, you know, I won't have any trouble finding info. I wish I had a program: probably could find one on eBay.

But I still have that scene where Edith and Marion talk about their lives and loves - and disappointments in love and Flora ovehears them.

The older sisters will also allude to the problems with Herb. I will have it that Herb visited Richmond on Canada Day, as it is a holiday, but came and went quickly. Meeting with Clayton Hill. How much of what went on will I divulge? I don't know yet. He has borrowed money off Clayton and the man has asked for it back, or at least the interest on it. Of course he doesn't have it. Herb, as a grown man, tries to keep it secret from his mother and father, but this is almost impossible, considering Hill is a relation, and they live in this small town where everyone knows everyone else's business.

They are a bit jealous of the Hills, (Clayton Hill is married to Margaret's sister)but mostly their problem is pride. Not only that, but Norman has co-signed some notes for Herb so Herb is also indebted to his father. (They talk a lot about 'notes' in the letters. I assume these are debts.) This scene will show how 'parents' stayed involved in their children's lives in those days. Or was it just the Nicholsons, or just the Isle of Lewis Scots clans.

Of course, the parents cut more slack with Herb than with the girls. They didn't like to ask him outright about any of his actions.