Land Girls

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27 Feb 2012 01:46 #1109394461 by LynnGwyneth
Replied by LynnGwyneth on topic Re: Land Girls
So...I've finally watched "Land Girls" -- at least the first season on Netflix. (Gotta love Netflix! :) )

I really enjoyed the series, as I enjoy WWII dramas. I'd never heard of the Land Girls or the WLA before. It was educational as well as entertaining.

TOTALLY fell in love with Lord Hoxley, even though he was tragically flawed. (What a *big* surprise that is, eh?) ;) It was amazing how much psychological power Lady Hoxley held over her husband by that ONE secret that she held over his head like the sword of Damocles -- in that one episode quite literally by his horse's hair (life).

I found myself thinking how much harder it must have been for men of that generation and class -- probably educated at Eton and Oxford and held to a high standard of being an "officer and a gentleman". Under all of those standards, what Lord Hoxley did would have been inexcusable. And yet...and yet...

So many men came back from the "Great War" (WWI) incredibly damaged both physically and psychologically. Of course, at that time, there was no knowledge of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -- it was known as "Shell Shock" and men were actually taught to knit to help them get over it. Faint help that must have been.

Lord Hoxley, obviously a sensitive and thoughtful individual, (judging by his treatment of his horse, those around him, and his responses to his wife's taunts), must have been in a continual state of psychological pain, as well as considerable physical discomfort. At least, that's what I came away with from watching the show. It makes his decision in the last episode, and the effects of that decision, that much more poignant. (In case you're wondering, I'm being deliberately cryptic so that I don't spoil the ending for anyone.)

Would it be appropriate to start a discussion about Lord Hoxley's dilemma in "Land Girls"? Has everyone here seen it or would we be spoiling someone's fun at seeing it for the first time? I'd love to "chat" about it with someone!

Cheers,
Lynn G :) :D :)

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