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My Choice for Marcus Tapp November 6, 2010

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In the last post, I submitted several actors to vote as to who should be Marcus Tapp.  After writing more chapters with Tapp and his relationship with Ruth Moore, I’ve decided that Sean Bean isn’t really what I have in mind when I visualize him.   Sean had the right attitude in the photo from my last post, but Tapp is supposed to be dark haired and have a passing resemblance to Tavington.   However, none of the other actors I submitted quite got it, either. 

After much looking, I’ve found a better candidate to be Marcus Tapp:  Daniel Day-Lewis.   Below are some photos.   He’s also much closer to the description that Margaret Lawrence gives of  him in her books, barring the pale blue eyes.  Tell me if you agree with me in the comments.  

Inspiration From Books September 10, 2010

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During the course of writing the last couple of chapters, I’ve been reading a historical mystery trilogy recommended to me, taking place in Maine in 1786.  I checked these books out from my library, not with the intention of gaining writing inspiration from them, but merely for enjoyment. I was soon inspired by one character, that of Marcus Tapp.  He nearly jumped off the page at me and I knew I had to incorporate him into my story, as he was such a good fit with Tavington and his dragoons.

The books are the Hannah Trevor series by Margaret Lawrence:  Hearts and Bones, Blood Red Roses, and The Burning Bride, which, for some reason, I’ve been reading in backwards order.

The moment Marcus Tapp first galloped onto the scene for me as the hard nosed Sheriff of Sussex County, I was immediately drawn to him, just as I was when William Tavington did so in the scene at the Martin farm.   The author provided enough description of him and his activities that I knew he’d fit in well with Tavington’s dragoons. Like William Tavington, he’s a rather conflicted man, like most good antagonist characters are.

He’s described as a former mercenary, a libertine, ambitious and loyal to no one but himself, a good horseman, a man “who neither loves nor hates” (though he seems to want the main female character to love him and there is a sex scene between them), sleek and handsome, so I knew immediately I wanted to do something with him.  He’s a bit like Tavington, a lot like Gul Dukat — how could I resist?

I’d also wanted a fleshed out character in the enlisted ranks for some time, so he was tailor made for the purpose.  My only regret is that I’d not read these books sooner and used him sooner, so readers should forgive me for making so much use out of him so late in the story.

Esther (Loves History) and I have discussed which actor we’d have wanted to play him, had he been in the Patriot, and below I’ll include several candidates, after which readers may vote in a poll.

Sean Bean

Viggo Mortensen

Ioan Gruffudd

Clive Owen

Johnny Depp

Two other actors I considered because they have the right attitude and the right mannerisms, but  ultimately rejected because they were too old were Alan Rickman and Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat from Deep Space Nine), as both men are well into their sixties.

Charlotte’s and Mary’s Summer Clothes June 21, 2010

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Shortgown with petticoat
(This one has a stomacher in the middle, which is an optional feature)

Robe a l’anglaise

As you can see, the above outfit would be somewhat cooler to wear in the summertime.

More Clothing Notes February 22, 2010

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In Chapter 11, I mention several articles of common 18th century clothing that modern readers may be unfamiliar with.

First of all are stays and jumps.   Stays are the 18th century version of the corset.  Stays were not as tightly laced as 19th century corsets and they gave the body a conical shape, rather than the 19th century wasp-wasted silhouette and, I suspect, were somewhat more comfortable and supportive of the back than their 19th century descendants.   Jumps were similar to stays, but were more lightly boned, thus more comfortable, intended for casual wear.

18th century stays

18th century riding habits were intended to be more comfortable for women riding horseback, while also preserving their modesty.

18th Century riding habit

In this chapter, the farm woman, Mattie Draper is wearing a shortgown and petticoat combo.  Shortgowns were semi-fitted or unfitted long jackets worn with petticoats.  They could be very basic or could be dressed up a bit.

Front and back view of
shortgown and petticoat combo
This outfit actually looks comfortable

Some Wedding Pictures February 15, 2010

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I thought I’d give you some pictures of Charlotte Selton’s wedding to William Tavington from All For Love.

Charlotte’s Wedding Gown

Charlotte’s Wedding Carriage

And, of course, the handsome groom