Locus Focus: Take Seventy-Four
This is the last Saturday of May at the Movies, which is kind of a relief. Who knew that finding--and blogging about--movie settings full of books would be such a challenge? (Well, yes, I
Next month's Locus Focus theme will be another "sequel" . . . Since I will be hosting my third June Giveaway, I will repeat last year's theme of Foreign Shores!
But now I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's spend this Saturday looking at my final movie setting that was a great place for books . . .
Mr. Fairchild's Rooms
"I love so many things about you, Dad. But you know what I love best of all? You became a chauffeur because you wanted to have time to read."
When I was much younger, well-intentioned but completely mistaken grownups would tell me that I should become a lawyer because I like to read so much. Lawyers have to read a lot, you see. But reading for work is not the same as reading for leisure. And you would have thought that someone who rejected Law school as vehemently as I did already knew that; but I still had to learn it the hard way, many years later, at my first job as a high school teacher. Reading 400 student essays a semester, all around 500 words long, most of them utterly mediocre, nearly put me off reading for a year. Someone please help me articulate the irony of feeling this way after choosing to become an English teacher in order to share my love of reading.
It was really too bad that I didn't have Mr. Fairchild, the Larabee family's faithful English chauffeur, as a career advisor. He would have shown me around his rooms, with their bursting bookcases and other book stacked surfaces, and set me straight about what the best careers are for a passionate reader.
I don't think there's anything wrong with being "poor" if you also make an honest living and manage to support all your dependents. And I kind of wish this remake of Sabrina hadn't undermined that moral by making Mr. Fairchild's career choice lucky as well as wise. At the end of the movie, he reveals to his daughter that the late Mr. Larabee sometimes forgot to turn off the intercom in his limousine, making Mr. Fairchild privy to many of his investment decisions--and that by listening carefully, Mr. Fairchild managed to make a little over two million dollars of his own. Well, I guess listening is a close sister to reading: this twist is not so different from Mr. Larabee forgetting some important documents in the car and Mr. Fairchild reading them as well. (Hmmmm. That actually sounds worse. LOL!)
But the real point is that reading can be its own reward. As he is ready to retire, Mr. Fairchild can be proud of two things: his classy, accomplished daughter Sabrina . . . and his bedroom full of well read books.
What is your "May at the Movies" Locus Focus?
Image Source: Sabrina screen cap