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Jun 30 2013

Sharing half of a sandwich

In the manga, the scene where Albert bought only one sandwich and offered to share half of it with Candy is one of the most touching scenes to me. This scene is also in the anime adaptation and Candy Candy Final Story (CCFS).

I have mentioned in my previous post that when Albert recovered his memory and remembered who Candy was, he realized that his feelings for her had changed. He couldn’t decide whether to inform her of his recovery, which signified that his living arrangement with her would soon come to its inevitable end. In the manga it is obvious that he was very reluctant to leave her. Actually, a few months had passed before he had the courage to confess his recovery in a letter. In CCFS, he wrote to Candy that “I didn’t want to get away from that heartwarming life” (from spoilers).

After struggling for a long while, he returned home late with a heavy heart, but he astonishingly found Candy sprawling on the floor over the old newspapers filled with negative news of Terry. He scooped her up and put her to bed, and yet she appeared to be sound asleep still. Then he couldn’t help but stroke her hair and wipe her tears, calling her name in his heart. He appeared very emotional then, almost like he wanted to kiss her (at least to me), but of course nothing happened. He knew all about her hardships in life, and he sympathized with her. In his mind he said to her, I want to make you happy.

Stroking her hair

The next day Albert discovered that Candy had been fired by the hospital but chosen not to break the news to him, and after the lion’s attack, she cried in the dark by the window, not wanting to worry him again. Since apparently Candy had been keeping things to herself, Albert formed a plan, which led to the famous sandwich scene the following day.

Albert took Candy to a countryside, and she was so excited that she invited him to climb a tree with her. After knowing that he had bought only one sandwich, she said that they could share it half and half. That was when Albert suggested, “… share your anguish and concerns with me from now on, Candy?” He particularly stressed that her problems would only be shared between them both. “… Candy, it is great that one thing can be shared by two people…”

Candy might not have fully grasped the significance of the meaning behind Albert’s words at that moment, but she appeared very touched by his kindness to her. In CCFS (from spoilers), this is her recollection about this sandwich after Albert had disappeared:

Albert and I had promised to share everything with each other.
Both painful things and delightful things…

To me, what Albert said to Candy was not unlike a typical wedding vow. “… for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.”

We all know that marriage is more than love. It consists of small and big problems, joy and sorrow, sickness and health, etc. Yet, Albert wanted to share all these with Candy. In other words, even though he was aware that she was his adoptive daughter, he essentially just “proposed” to her, telling her that he wanted to take care of her for the rest of his life. Otherwise, how could he continue sharing her anguish or joy in her life if he would marry another woman one day?

Sandwich sharing

As a matter of fact, this sandwich sharing is equivalent in some aspects with the popular “breaking bread ritual” in weddings nowadays, in which the bride and groom tear off pieces of bread, and then each eat a piece. Sometimes the bread is also shared with family and friends. It symbolizes their future as a family together. Even when “bread” is not involved during a wedding reception, the bride and groom sharing a piece of wedding cake before distributing it to the guests symbolizes their union and their promise to forever provide for each other.

Interestingly, both Polish and Russian weddings involve “breaking bread” as well. They call it “Bread and Salt Blessing”. In short, at a Polish wedding reception, the bride and groom are met by both sets of parents. The parents have a loaf of bread sprinkled with salt and a goblet of wine. The bread is given in hopes that the bride and groom will never go hungry or be in need. The salt conveys that time may be difficult but they must learn to cope with the struggles in their life and marriage. The wine, as with the bread, give hope that the couple never goes thirsty and their lives be filled with joy and happiness.

So what do you think? I would like to hear from you. The pictures are taken from the colored Korean manga version of Candy Candy.

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  1. Loredana Branciforti

    I appreciated your analysys a lot! Thank you! I like your blog and the picture very much. I agree with your points of view about Albert. I adore Him.

    1. Ms Puddle

      Thank you Loredana! Thanks for visiting, and I’m so glad you like what I said on my blog! Thank you for your compliment too! Albert is almost perfect, isn’t he? 😉

  2. askgirl

    I don’t understand something. If Albert was slowly showing his real feelings to Candy, why did he announce in the engagement party he was his adopted daughter? Did he explain his actions in ccfs? Please clarify me. Thank you.

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Good questions. I actually don’t know. Sorry. 😉

  3. ทรรศนะบอล

    Good article. I am going through many of these issues as well.
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    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Thank you! I hope you will be over those issues soon!

  4. Enaka

    Dear Marjorie,

    Since you’re a Literature bug, why don’t you shower us an Albert-Candy fanfic of your own? Wouldn’t you agree with me, fellow fans? 😉

    1. Marjorie Townsend

      haha! my kind of literature major is to criticize and not to produce! very ashamed of myself! You actually learn how silly literature can be and of course, grow to have appreciation of great writings and great minds of all ages. Literature is a product of the population as well as the minds of selected few…. (ok, stopping myself from rambling on like a true literature major…) the short answer is, I am not capable of writing with a vivid imagination…. 🙂 thanks so much though! I just love to read. I am only good at writing term papers… hahahaha

      1. CKati

        Yes Enaka, it would be great to have another English CC fanfic writer. But as Marjorie claims she has no vivid imagination, we will have just have to do with only her comments then ;-). I’m just kidding, that was no criticism towards you dear Marjorie 🙂
        Enaka, I can almost hear you say, ‘look who’s talking’ . Yes, I know, I have no vivid imagination either, so I will sit comfortably on my couch and read what you, productive writers produce and comment on that LOL 😀

        1. Ms Puddleglum

          I actually appreciate the comments from you all, and I enjoy reading them! Thank you all for the support and encouragement by leaving remarks on my posts! 😀

      2. Ms Puddleglum

        Don’t be so modest, Marjorie! I’m sure you can produce something 😉

  5. Guest

    Where can I buy a copy of colored manga?

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      I believe you can search for it on the web 😉

  6. 221BBakerSt

    What I find funny is…I thought Candy had moved on and let go of Terry, and yet she came with a total stranger at the sound of Terry’s name.

    I strongly agree with your analysis, and I, as well, am into the group of breaking bread tradition, and only it doesn’t come with a butter or jelly. 😉

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Candy was just a teenager… If Albert loved her regardless, I won’t blame her either. 😛

  7. CKati

    Albert was one step ahead of her when he offerd her half of the sandwich. He knew exactly why he was offering it. I wonder if Candy really knew the significance of sharing the sandwich, the way Albert meant it. Am I making sense?

    Funny that you mention the bread-breaking tradition. We also have this tradition, only our bread is really sweet.

    1. Marjorie Townsend

      Great point in that Candy may not know the meanings of he sharing of bread with Albert! That leads me to wonder if Candy really knows what love is… maybe that is the reason why the author leaves everybody hanging …. What is love? desire? infatuation? or obsession?

      1. Candyfan

        Probably so. If I were smarter than Candy and knew what Albert meant, then I’d blush vehemently. Saying it indirectly of his feelings for Candy was wise enough not to frighten the girl off and wanted to let her know that he’d be there for her.

        1. Ms Puddleglum

          That’s right. Albert knew Candy wasn’t over Terry yet, but he still wanted Candy to know that he would be there for her whenever she needed him. Snif snif…

      2. Ms Puddleglum

        I don’t blame Candy though… she hadn’t yet forgotten Terry then… she was blind to see there was someone who deeply cared for her… sigh.

      3. CKati

        Dear Marjorie, I believe that Candy did know what love was. But as MS Puddleglum said, she was young. Her love for Terry was a passionate teenager love (without the sex of course). What I mean to say is, that her love is never superficial, neither for her big love, nor for her friends. When she loves, she loves deeply 🙂

        1. Ms Puddleglum

          Well said, CKati. What I like about Candy was that even though she knew Archie and Stear both had fallen for her, she never led them on or gave them wrong signals. When she loved Anthony or Terry, she put all her heart into it, so that was why she was hurt so deeply afterwards and could not forget either one easily.

    2. Ms Puddleglum

      CKati, so you have that bread breaking tradition too? Nice to know that! 🙂
      I agree with you that Candy might not have known the significance of the meaning behind sharing the sandwich yet at that moment, but she was apparently very touched by Albert’s kindness to her. After Albert had vanished, she remembered this sandwich in CCFS and wondered why he had left her after all. You probably know that I have used this point in my stories too :P.

      1. CKati

        Ms Puddleglum, you are absolutely right. What I actually meant was that she didn’t know the significance at that moment. Albert had to dissapear before she finally realized it. It’s often that way, you don’t what you have until you loose it 🙁

        1. Ms Puddleglum

          i know, CKati… that’s very true… she didn’t know how important Albert was to her until he was gone… as I have mentioned in my previous posts… sigh!

  8. Candyfan

    Obviously…the way Albert and Candy tease around in the apartment in both manga and anime like long-time best of friends, shows how inseparable they are. You can’t see that kind of deep closeness between Terry and Candy.

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      That’s right… even though Terry and Candy also bantered around a lot while in London, but their time together was so much less when compared to Albert and Candy. 😉

  9. Sadie

    This is one of my favorite scenes, too

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Glad to know that! 😉

  10. mojoqueen

    So wonderful to learn of all the different wedding rituals! And, I agree with you 100%… the bread sharing scene is more than just between friends…. it is a life-long promise between husband and wife…. Yes…. that is what Mizuki has in her mind all along. Unfortunately, the lovely Terry has touched off such firestorms among fans that he will never go away … author, i guess trying to be very smart in her writings, does not help at all in CCFS.

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Yes! It’s a lifelong commitment that a husband and wife are supposed to do for each other–sharing joy and sorrow in life!

    2. you-know-me

      In reply to mojoqueen:

      Wow, we think alike, MQ. You said exactly what I was going to say. Yep, what Albert did was like proposing his love to Candy already. And also, I believe they already have deeper bond between them when Candy was open of her ‘POTH crush’ secret to Albert only which she never shared with Archie, Stear, her own buddy Annie, and not even to Terry. Apparently, it shows that Albert was really meant for Candy. Hope one day the fans of opposite will open their eyes to the truth.

      Thank you for sharing the meaning of breaking bread, MPG, I learned a lot from you. Have a good week, all!

      1. Ms Puddleglum

        Good points! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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