A Kindred Spirit

I just made a friend on Twitter, and yes, I’m using the term loosely, but this person and I share something dear in common, and no, it’s not just a liking for John Thornton. We both appreciate something real that shines out at us and edifies us. I was reading a guest blog post of hers, and she sums up in a small comment what has me so fascinated with Richard Armitage’s performances.

This comment is the key to why I am blogging. Yes, I know, you just thought it was the snark. That’s fun, but I don’t think snark would have facilitated all of this. I really was inspired by Richard Armitage the same way I’ve been inspired by anything artistic that tries to portray truth. It’s as if something like this is diving him:

…if only a man knew how to choose among what he calls his experiences that which is really his experience, and how to record truth truly.– Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the most stunning scenes from North and South and a moment that I became choked just like John Thornton because he managed to take something potentially melodramatic and hollow and make it real:

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Yep, that kind of intense truth might make someone have an orgasm. :D

Screencap of the end of Episode 2 is courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.Com.


  1. You’re so right on that one Frenz! I’m always amazed at what he manages to do with a script and the depth of his performances. It’s one of the directions of acting that an actor must be truthful: ‘Don’t open your mouth until your thoughts and feelings are truthful, until you are truly inhabiting the character’ (‘Writing for Radio’, Shaun MacLoghlin, Soundplay, Bristol 2008). RA certainly knows how to be true!

  2. Dear Frenzy (and Heidi), you found the right words for what exactly I’m feeling about watching RA in some specific in-depth scenes. They move me to tears time and again. Yep, an orgasm is comprehensible..:D

  3. […] person’s experience at the ending of ‘North and South.’ Humorous as it was, I saw something more and wanted to know exactly what it was. Plus, I’m intensely curious about almost everything […]

  4. […] Heidi proposed the idea to read it all together using the #ArmitageWatch concept, how could I resist! […]

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