Agatha is one of Sophronia's friends. She shares are room with Sidheag and, at first, is a little overcome by Sidheag's brashness and Sophronia's boldness. But she is perceptive enough to realize when someone has a good heart. The other three begin look after her as if she were a kind of pet. Secretly, Agatha is quite wealthy, and it is her father who wants her to be trained by that special kind of Finishing School.
“Agatha Woosmoss, daughter of the noted railroad baron.” The chubby girl looked up quickly from her shoes, nodded, and then returned to her intense scrutiny of her own feet.
~ From Etiquette & Espionage
Agatha Woosmoss was small, round, and redheaded with a freckled face that wore a perpetual expression of distressed confusion, not unlike that of a damp cat.
~ From Curtsies & Conspiracies
Red hair, slightly curly (usually falling flat), white skin with freckles, eyes probably green, chubby, smallish, rather dumpy. Blushes a lot.
(Speaking of which, have you seen Edith with Googly Eyes on Tumblr? We live in a world full of genius.)
|From the Little Princess Movie, and painting (source unknown)|
I always imagined Agatha might blossom a bit, but she will always remain slightly timid and unsure of herself. She struggles with Finishing School lessons, but she does try hard, for her family's sake.
I love this picture, it's many years too late for my books, but it's so Finishing School. I imagine that Dimity is at the front in the blue, with the parasol, Sophronia is next to her in black, plotting, Sidheag walls behind in the blue with the black hat, and Agatha is the timid one with the red band around her hat, Monique is in the the pink.
|George Clausen’s 1880 painting Schoolgirls, Haverstock Hill|
Agatha has pretty terrible taste in clothing but a whole lot of money to spend on it. Thus she tends to buy rich fabrics in awful muted color combinations exactly wrong for her complexion.
The girls, upon occasion, will be shocked to round a corner of an evening and encounter her wearing something like this:
|1850 Dressing Gown The Philadelphia Museum of Art|
Here's the kind of thing she would wear during the day to lessons and such:
|1847-1850 Afternoon Dress The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1850 Arch The Metropolitan Museum of Art |
For evening, and under Mademoiselle Geraldine's careful guidance, she might wear something like the following. Yes, it's an little old fashioned in fabric, and simple, but well made and costly.
|1850s Evening Dress The Metropolitan Museum of Art |
And after Dimity got hold of her and made sure she fancied it up a bit.
|1850s Evening Dress The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
I, of course, have a terrible weakness for red heads. I blame Anne of Green Gables. Agatha, as with everything at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, is probably not what she seems. Or is she?
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
|Suit Jacques Doucet, 1895 The Victoria & Albert Museum|
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Redheads in Jane Austen.
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
A Question of Book Trailers
PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. Waiting on copy edit pass.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Out now!
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Out now!
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series!
Please DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Update on the calendar project. (Was a kickstarter.)
Quote of the Day:
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