Girls with Ropes

Once seen, this image stayed tattooed to the back of my consciousness.
At first I thought it was the crook of Liz’s neck, the jabbing of her hip or that top (is it a bra?), which makes me think of petals made of desiccated clouds… But no, after a second (and a thirteenth) look, I knew it was the rope that kept the scene tied to my mind.

It’s just that some girls can do wonders with a rope. Remember little Mary Lennox? The moment she got her rope, she resurrected The Secret Garden, skipped the contrariness out of her pursed lips and put some healthy meat on her bones.

What about the Lady in “The Yellow Wallpaper”? Getting a tad darker, I know. But can you deny it? Thought not; that elusive rope—the one she hid from nurse, society and husband—remains tight around the neck of beliefs that have always tried to pretend that women aren’t as human as men. 

Yes, girls can do wonders with ropes… and brains.

for Magpie Tales 231

50 comments:

  1. Wonderful, pure and simply!

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  2. I loved the Yellow Wallpaper :) Gilman was an extraordinarily brave woman.

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    1. Yes, ma'am. The lady wrote one of my favorite short stories ever, and for the period in which it was written... well, a masterpiece with hammering power.

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  3. This is an amazing read!

    That last line is too close to the truth not to make you cry.

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    1. May every one of us find our rope... and brain.

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  4. Even these few words send stories flitting around my brain...you are a true wordsmith Witchy lady <3 XXX

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    1. Do wordsmiths get a hammer? I hope so!

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  5. Yes, I would hunt me Liz!

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  6. Engaging and expressive: thanks for sharing.

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  7. New Meaning for the Hanged Man , Simone De Beauvoir would be proud !

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    1. You've just inspired me to reread The Second Sex.

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  8. I think women are more human men. Not a man hater, just focusing on the nature of women versus men.

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    1. I think we are different--all creatures--but I don't see how one is better than another when it comes to our humanity. I would be very interested to read about it...

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  9. Girl power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Vandana Sharma, you've made me giggle aloud!

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  10. So much to love about that image! And your words! Let's get a little rope!

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    1. Let's get our ropes, indeed. ;-)

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  11. Reminds me of my jump rope days! She's a heroine.

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    1. May they come back to fill your days with happy giggles...

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  12. This is an excellent take on the image. Yes girls can do wonders with ropes and I did like your point about women and brains, sadly we do live in a world where women are not seen in every society as the equal of men.

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  13. I can't do wonders with rope. But my brain, well, that's another story. Beautiful post!

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    1. Ah, but the rope is the longest and most versatile of ropes!

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  14. Ropes and Brains! . . . . . a deadly combination!! lol

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  15. Ah, The Yellow Wallpaper. That was one of the first feminist texts I read, and man did it stick with me. STill makes me shiver.

    But no, for me it's definitely the neck. The way she doesn't even have to look at what she's doing. Trés nonchalant.

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    1. We have one more thing in common. "The Yellow Wallpaper" is one of my favorite piece of literature of all time. The story is great. The writing is fantastic. And the the motifs for discussion are strong and bountiful. Just a gem.

      And yes, there is definitely something going on with that neck. ;-)

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  16. I too like dark writing and poetry. In fact my write for Mag this week is darker than many. That last line got me! I enjoyed this!

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  17. Oh yeah toss me a lariat...

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    1. *tosses the lariat and cocks a hip*

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  18. oh i know plenty of women that can outsmart men...
    and a few of my favorite bosses have been women...my current boss
    being one of them...luckily no need for ropes though. ha

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    1. ...unless the ropes are used for skipping. Those are good for the muscles and the soul. ;-)

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  19. You know, having ropes and brains sounds perfect to me too!

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  20. Tightening the noose on those badly thought-out beliefs.

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  21. Yes, we can do wonders ;o) Hugs ;o)

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  22. I think I am going to wear that outfit next time Ray comes over and I will just tie him up with the rope ;o)

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  23. What a great image.

    Thoughts of rope will be 'tied' to my mind for the rest of the day.

    Although I'm picturing Mary Lennox's scowling face at the moment.

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    1. There is a sweet kind of permanence about Mary's scowl. The girl has presence. ;-D

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  24. I love her nonchalant self confidence. How she's not even looking at the rope... I love how it looks like she was overcome by a sudden urge to lasso while driving and pulled over mid road trip. And since I've got just a wee touch of merinthophilia, I find the rope very sexy. We women can do wonders if only we believe in ourselves.

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    1. Yes, ma'am! And often times the key is found in working the lasso at the right time. Rope on!

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  25. True and thought provoking Magaly. :-)

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