What an election. Not only a win for OBAMA, but the legalization of gay marriage in up to 3 states, & huge, historic wins for women in the Senate & the House. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American today.
Shrewsbury College had been fortunate in its wardens. In the early days, it had been dignified by a woman of position; in the difficult period when it fought for Women’s degrees it had been guided by a diplomat; and now that it was received into the University, its behaviour was made acceptable by a personality. Dr. Margaret Baring wore her scarlet and French grey with an air. She was a magnificent figure-head on all public occasions, and she could soothe with tact the wounded breasts of crusty and affronted male dons.
I find it very interesting that, despite the fact her parents died when she was 6 months old (sometime around 1986 or so, going by the “30 years ago” in the cold open), nearly three decades removed from the Men of Letters being wiped out by Abaddon back in 1958, she still knew about the secret society. Even her mother must’ve been a young child when they were wiped out, so obviously she already knew something of her father’s work with them.
*as an aside, I love how there are just so many legacies of WOMEN in this episode surrounding Eileen– it was her mother’s lineage that led back to the MoL connection, her mother’s knowledge of magic that saved her life, a female hunter who subsequently trained her.
So the hunter who “adopted” Eileen must’ve either known about the history of the MoL from her own personal experience with them (meaning she was already relatively old for a hunter, at least in her 50′s at the time she found Eileen), or that Eileen’s mother had kept documents or something else relevant to the MoL that she found in Elieen’s home before taking her away. Either way, I find it interesting that she also found out about her familial connection, her legacy, through a maternal line and a collection of women, while Sam and Dean found theirs through the paternal line, and a collection of men.