Chastity vs. Lust

The 7 Heavenly Virtues vs. The 7 Deadly Sins

*do I need a bible for this?*
*do I need a bible for this?*

No, this isn’t a theology lesson 😛 I thought it might be interesting to assign different Richard Armitage characters to the various virtues and sins by matching up their individual traits. I will try to pick the character that embodies the definition best so no one character is used more than once; it’s not fair to use Guy for all the evil ones!

*damn straight*
*damn straight*

So, let’s start with: Chastity vs. Lust

Chastity

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abstaining from sexual conduct according to one’s state in life; the practice of courtly love and romantic friendship. cleanliness through cultivated good health and hygiene. to be honest with oneself, one’s family, one’s friends, and to all of humanity. embracing of moral wholesomeness and achieving purity of thought through education and betterment. the ability to refrain from being distracted and influenced by hostility, temptation or corruption.

That has John Thornton written all over it!

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The Master of the Mill follows social etiquette when pursuing a lady.

He respects and values her friendship, not just her looks and status.

"who made these BUNS? these BUNS here, did you make them?"
“who made these BUNS? these BUNS here, did you make them?”

Mr. Thornton is a cultivated and upstanding citizen who maintains a loving relationship with his family.

He possesses a vigorous mind that is always striving for more.

"what are you talking about?"
“what are you talking about?”

This mill-boss will not be bullied,

neither by his workers or his colleagues.

"whoever *they* are"
“whoever *they* are”

Lust

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intense desire.

can take the form of knowledge, sex, power, food, or fame.

lust is a powerful psychological force producing intense wanting.

My pick for this one is: Lee

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Mainly because he’s ruled by his hormones,

Flirty Girty cheater that he is.

"they Frenchify it"
“they Frenchify it”

and I wanted to save Guy

for a different sin…

"oh, let's not go there"
“oh, let’s not go there”

Is it possible to switch these around?

Does Lee share any of Chastity’s traits?

Good Health and Hygiene maybe, but that’s about it!

I just wanted an excuse to post this pic
I just wanted an excuse to post this pic

Does John share any of the Lust traits?

While he does strive for excellence, I don’t think he necessarily lusts for power or fame.

So, in conclusion: John Thornton is every mother’s dream,

"that's not your hair? it's a really good wig!"
“that’s not your hair? it’s a really good wig!”

while Lee

is every father’s nightmare.

*do you come with Tartar Sauce? because you're quite the catch*
*do you come with Tartar Sauce? because you’re quite the catch*

Which characters would you pick for Chastity and Lust?

(“quoted” captions brought to you by TheAnglophileChannel’s RA interview teaser 😉 )

Delayed Gratification

I avoided watching North & South for the longest time.

*don't panic, let her finish*
*don’t panic, let her finish*

It seemed like just another Mr. Darcy-Pride & Prejudice deal to me.

I don't remember *this* happening in P&P...
I don’t remember *this* happening in P&P…

I liked Pride & Prejudice, but I just wasn’t up for that kind of frustrating delayed gratification at the moment. Plus, I was pretty sure Margaret would get on my last nerve, with her strong-mindedness and prejudice towards the working class northerners.

Finally one evening after watching Vicar of Dibley with some internet friends in a chat session, we decided to tackle North & South the following night.

*Huh. Harry doesn't seem like the Purple Porsche type*
*Huh. Harry doesn’t seem like the Purple Porsche type*

I cheated a bit though, finding the kissing scene on youtube the next day

and watching it too many times to count.

I was pleasantly surprised with North & South.

For starters, I didn’t hate Margaret.

*wait. why would she not like me?*
*wait. why would she not like me?*

Her decisions annoyed me but she was quite likable, all things considered.

*oh, I don't know. your harsh rejection of me, perhaps?*
*oh, I don’t know. your harsh rejection of me, perhaps?*

And then there was Mr. Thornton.

"at your service!"
“at your service!”

There was nothing about the quiet, resolute and respectable mill owner that I did not like.

I understood John’s way of thinking and his reactions to the world around him.

I'd kick some ass too, if I were him
I’d kick some ass too, if I were him

Margaret on the other hand…

I knew why she was acting the way that she was (naivety)

but I was constantly shaking my head at her,

especially in regards to her well-meaning yet mildly offensive charity endeavors.

"when you assume, you make an ass out of u and me"
“when you assume, you make an ass out of u and me”

But after finally watching North & South

It wasn’t hard to understand what all the swooning was about!

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False Hope

Richard Armitage 30 day challenge

13.) Q: a favorite character quote

A: but Mother, I daren’t believe such a woman could care for me

That whole scene melts me! John believes, for propriety’s sake, that he must propose marriage to Margaret. He truly cares for her but knows she only sees him as a brutish mill master and an unrefined northerner. John’s mother fills his head with hope though, and you see his spirits rise to the possibility. The missing cravat, the open and vulnerable countenance, that sigh…

then the proposal

the rejection. the feels!

damn you, Mrs. Thornton!