I was in the aquarium today when I turned around and it looked as though the entire sky was going to cave in on the building, the people and the state of Massachusetts itself. People around me were screaming, but I knew that this vast electrical rain display with its accompanying hail was going to be over in about 20 minutes. I did tell one of my young charges to stay put because there was a chance she might be struck by lightening.
Well, anyway, no, I did not write the words at the beginning. They are from one of my favorite movies, A Room With A View. In case you haven’t read the classic novel by E.M. Forrester or watched the beautiful 1986 adaptation by Merchant Ivory, it is the story of young Lucy Honeychurch and her trip to Florence with the Dowager Countess Grantham, I mean Mrs. McGonagall, I mean Aunt Charlotte. Oh but wouldn’t a trip with a Dowager Countess of Grantham, going through Florence and Venice and Rome be the most excellent thing EVER??? Well, alas, Aunt Charlotte chaperones young Lucy through Florence, where she meets the blond and brooding George Emerson, played by the dangerously handsome Julian Sands. Lucy is from an aristocratic background, whilst George is not.
In one wonderful scene, Lucy goes to the Italian countryside to visit and sit and be really British. George kisses Lucy, but the Dowager Countess interrupts them. Then, they get into carriages and there is this terrific rainstorm and the reverend who is with them (there is always a reverend in these stories) says “do you think that this vast electrical display is on account of us?” to calm everyone’s nerves that God or whatever deity that might control the weather did not in fact plan it so they would all get zapped on their way back to Florence.
I stayed inside during the vast electrical display and luckily did not get zapped on the way back to Park Street. But I got some good photos….