red-suitcase

shoutout to the girls who realized they don’t need a relationship. shoutout to the girls who picked up their pieces and left. shoutout to the girls who left their partners with the image of their long ginger hair swinging across their back and that lavender skirt their partner loved as they walk away with their red suitcases in hand, shoutout to mARIANNE OH BABY PLEASE COME BACK I MISS YOU SO MUCH I STILL HAVE YOUR STRAWBERRY LIP GLOSS PL

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wlw moodboard: Nina/Vanessa (In The Heights) 

~ I called you all morning ~

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El regreso.

Shoulders

A man crosses the street in rain,
stepping gently, looking two times north and south,
because his son is asleep on his shoulder.
No car must splash him.
No car drive too near to his shadow.
This man carries the world’s most sensitive cargo
but he’s not marked.
Nowhere does his jacket say FRAGILE,
HANDLE WITH CARE.
His ear fills up with breathing.
He hears the hum of a boy’s dream
deep inside him.
We’re not going to be able
to live in this world
if we’re not willing to do what he’s doing
with one another.
The road will only be wide.
The rain will never stop falling.

—Shoulders, by Naomi Shihab Nye, from Red Suitcase, 1994

 

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And then…there was a red suitcase in the front yard. What was in that suit case?

I still want to write a general post about episode 1 of Bright Summer Night (and hope to do so tomorrow), but for now I sort of promised meta-extraordinaire @beatriceeagle to examine the suitcase and the purse.

Or rather, suitcases. The red one (on which the black purse resides) and the black one (which has what looks like a jacket thrown over it). Puck lingers on these - specifically the purse - before leaving the house. Puck (or rather the episode) gives us three hints about their home life: “we should talk”, the long lingering glance at the purse followed by directions to the party (in which we see that several hours have passed since Puck described being busy for a “serious” family conference) and Puck’s reference to their parents when talking to Bryn. It’s… not much to go off of. So this post is mostly hand-waving. Sorry.

Without delving into speculation (because I am terrible at it and also… where’s the fun?), I find myself more intrigued by the suitcases. They’re not accidental props. Two large suitcases at the entrance to the house can indicate one of two options: someone has just returned, or someone is about to leave. The jacket suggests to me someone returning but… who knows? Either way, Puck seems more interested in the purse. And it seems tied to the ordinary kitchen noises in the background.

Purses - traditionally feminine. Probably Puck’s mother’s purse, then. The noises in the kitchen - possibly Puck’s mother as well, though it’s more from the way Puck seems to connect between the purse and the noise. Puck’s mother is referenced once: “You know - how mum thinks dad’s an asshole”. It’s a whole paragraph, one that suggests a complicated relationship. (Plus, Puck seems way too calm while witnessing the huge and noisy fight between Bryn and Awhina, almost as though they’ve seen a lot of couple-fighting.)

It’s hard to speculate after the first episode, especially in light of both framing and source material. Puck - while a central figure and one I am THRILLED to see in a lead role (because I’ve seen attempted Shakespeare productions that put Puck in the backseat which I am super not okay with) - is not the center of the story. Puck weaves in and out, opening and closing doors. While it makes perfect sense that BSN’s Puck would open the show, the framing (and the next episode preview) strongly indicates that the story will now shift its focus onto the four lovers. It’ll probably be a while before we get a solid grasp on Puck’s motivations and struggles. We know they’ve had a rough evening (to what degree is unclear) and we know that this is in part linked to their parents (though again, the direct correlation is unclear). The purse seems like a key part in that, but it’s impossible to know how at this point. Or if it isn’t a red herring…

And I’d just like to say that if it is plot relevant, the symmetry to Puck sifting through the purses in search of Idleness is lovely.

i am very bad about overpacking and i’m going on vacation for two weeks and have personally challenged myself to only take a carry on and not check a bag! i’ve got my purse, either my backpack or a tote bag, and a lil red carry on suitcase. wish me luck folks