Monday, April 27, 2015

Blogging From A to Z - W is for Waterfall

Welcome to the It's A Wonderful Blog's Blogging From A to Z April (2015) Challenge. For this challenge, I will post every day in April (except for Sundays) about topics related to the Frank Capra/Jimmy Stewart film, It's a Wonderful Life.


Violet approaches George in the street:
Depressed about the way his life is turning out, George Bailey mopes into town, trying to figure out what to do next after his brother marries and all but takes a job in another town.

As he walks downtown, Violet spies him and suggestively asks if he wants to do something.

George, his mind spinning and his heart seeking adventure, concocts a scandalous evening.

"Let's go out in the fields and take off our shoes and walk through the grass. Then we can go up to the falls. It's beautiful up there in the moonlight, and there's a green pool up there, and we can swim in it. Then we can climb Mt. Bedford, and smell the pines, and watch the sunrise against the peaks, and... we'll stay up there the whole night, and everybody'll be talking and there'll be a terrific scandal..."

Violet is horrified at the idea of taking her shoes off. But she seemed
more than willing to take off more than that for George.
He lost her at "take off our shoes and walk through the grass." Violet, a town girl with pretty clothes, doesn't want anything to do with it. 

But that's not really the point here. I already wrote about Violet. The point is what we learn abut the region. We find out that there is a waterfall. We find out there is a mountain and pine trees, and peaks, and even a pool. Not that pool. Another pool.

What does this look like? Where is it in relation to downtown Bedford Falls? How big is the waterfall? Does it feed the pool, or does the pool feed the waterfall? It's something that I wish had been in the film. It would have been a great place to watch George and Mary's romance grow. On the other hand, if it's the kind of place you would take Violet, perhaps it's not the kind of place you would take Mary. They have completely different personalities and desires.

Maybe Capra was wise in teasing us with this line. It allows our minds to run wild. It allows our imaginations to work. It gives us more opportunity to write our own story around the town and its residents. I'm good with that.

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