Jul 05 2013

The same anguish

When I first read the manga, I thought fox hunting must be a social event organized by the Ardlay’s family which happened regularly (say yearly) because even the young characters (Archie, Stear, and Anthony) appeared quite familiar about what to expect. After all, fox hunting was a sport that originated in the United Kingdom in the 16th century and had been a popular tradition among the rich landowners for a few hundred years.

But in Candy Candy Final Story (CCFS), Albert admitted to Candy that he had been the one who ordered the fox hunting. I’m not saying that his family had never done fox hunting before, but it was clear that this event was meant as a debut for Candy — to introduce her to his relatives. This seems contradictory to his character because it’s well known to all Candy Candy fans that Albert loved animals and nature.

However, I was told that the author Mizuki had deliberately done so such that Albert and Candy would share the same anguish — Anthony died so young because of that fox hunting.

As mentioned in my previous post, in the CCFS epilogue, Candy described what had happened when Albert and she had been revisiting that part of the forest where Anthony had had his horse accident. When she had started crying, Albert had tenderly pulled her into his arms to console her. In her letter to him regarding this incident, she said (from spoilers),

“Your painful voice penetrated to my heart.
I learnt — you have been keeping the same anguish to yourself.
I’m sorry I cried so hard on your chest. I made a mess of your fine shirt.
No one can predict what is waiting around the bend — It’s no one’s fault …
Since then, I feel I was given a new life.
Albert-san, thank you very much!”

Based on this letter, I believe both of them had been affected afterwards, and that was why in my story “The Diary” I quoted this famous poem, “Spiritual Pain”, by Jean Varnier:

… Your pain calls out to me.
It touches my heart.
It awakens something within me
and I become one with you in your pain.
I may not be able to relieve your pain,
But by understanding it, sharing it,
I make it possible for you to bear it…

To me, what Albert and Candy had experienced together had made their bond even stronger, like their souls were connected and their hearts could communicate without words. At the end of my story, they got married.

For those who have read one of my earlier posts about my first drawing, I talked about picking up my pencil again back in February this year to sketch a picture based on their wedding night in “The Diary”. Today, I post my first attempt to digitally color this old pencil sketch. I know there are a lot more I could have done, but I hope you will like it. I’m still a beginner with digital drawing or coloring, so any constructive feedback or suggestions are more than welcome!

As usual, please feel free to share my post, but please do not use my image without my permission. Thank you in advance!



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    • countyblast on August 14, 2013 at 6:58 pm
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    While we’re on the subject of deaths, I just had a chat with a fan who read most of your stories…

    She and I strongly agreed that the author should have kept Stear alive and be happy with Patty. He was like a big brother to Candy. He was always there for her to defend her from his wicked aunt and cousins. I thought Candy nearly almost fell in love with him when he took his glasses off and made him look handsome.

    1. I honestly don’t understand why Stear had to die except to make Neil’s threat more frightening to his parents and Aunt Elroy, but I don’t agree Candy could have fallen in love with Stear. If so, Archie could have a chance because like Stear, Archie had been very supportive too. Moreover, Stear could get past Candy faster than Archie did. 😉

    • anonymous on August 14, 2013 at 6:16 pm
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    I love animals, but that doesn’t mean I’m a veggie fan

    1. Everyone has his or her preference of course. 😉

    • Armie on July 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm
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    Exquisite colors! Did you use photoshop as program?

    1. Thanks! Yes and no… I used Photoshop Elements 🙂

    • Guest on July 7, 2013 at 10:46 am
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    Can you add in new topic if Albert was born Scottish, British or American? Thanks!

    1. Not sure what you meant… But Albert was Scottish for sure. 🙂

        • Guest on July 8, 2013 at 1:31 am
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        Did Mizuki mention he was born in Scotland?

        1. I don’t know. Sorry. 😉

            • Guest on July 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm
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            Then, how do you know everything about ccfs when they’re not available in the stores?

    • Guest on July 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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    Can I use this as my avatar?

    1. Sorry no… Hope you don’t mind. 😛

    • Yanyan on July 6, 2013 at 7:59 pm
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    They look so hot and adorable together, bravo!

    1. Thank you!!! 😀

    • CKati on July 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm
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    It is indeed strange that Albert of all people would order a fox hunt as a welcoming party. On the other hand, I haven’t read anywhere that he’s a vegetarian, even though he is such an animal lover. So it seems that he wasn’t opposing to al costums in high society.

    I agree with you that this fox hunting, or rather the death of Anthony because of it, is one of the things that bonds them very strongly.

    The coloring of drawing is very nicely done, especially since this is your first attempt 😀

    1. Thank you CKati! Good point about Albert not being a vegetarian! 🙂
      Your comment actually reminded me something I should have said! I will modify my post slightly later.

      Thank you for your encouragement about my first coloring attempt! I’m now thinking which one of my previous illustrations I should color next. 😀

        • 221BBakerSt on July 6, 2013 at 6:36 pm
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        Color the bed scene. The one Candy on top of him. I love that. 😉

          • 221BBakerSt on July 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm
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          I’m sorry if I chose the clothes-less one, I guess I’m being naughty tonight? 😛

          1. Thank you for your suggestion! I like that one too myself, but I have another two in mind but I don’t know which one to do first 🙂

      • FarmerGrlTX on July 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm
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      To ckati

      Mizuki may not mention Albert as vegan but there are animal lovers who do not like to harm animals for food. There are some animal lovers cry when they see people kill bugs. So, I don’t doubt in my mind that Albert is a vegetarian.

        • CKati on July 8, 2013 at 3:27 am
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        Hi FarmerGrlTX,

        I am sure you’re absolutely right about how animal lovers feel when animals are harmed.
        Nonetheless, Albert did order a fox hunt which makes one think that although he loves animals, he also accepts some contemporary traditions (involving harming animals such as foxes). Therefore it is possible and to me actually very likely that he is not a vegetarian.
        But this is of course something that I think and not a fact.

        Maybe Mizuki didn’t find it important to mention something like Albert being a vegetarian or not.

        1. Good points CKati! I agree with you! 🙂

    • Guest on July 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm
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    I think the bare arm shouldn’t be that longer and the forearm should be behind Albert, just a suggestion.

    1. Sure! Next time I’ll be more careful. Thanks! 🙂

    • Snowbell on July 6, 2013 at 11:05 am
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    I like this better than the previous one. Good job!

    1. Did you mean my original pencil sketch? 🙂 Thanks anyway!

    • 24Miles on July 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm
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    Where are Albert’s eyes and lips? 😀

    Nice touch!

    1. I know… Lol… Can I say I’m lazy? 😉

    • albertfanatix on July 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm
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    On your first try adding it’s coloring and shading, I’d say it’s GREAT! Congratulations! You should turn your stories into manga just for fun 😉

    Back to the topic… perhaps Albert was following the tradition of the Ardlays and had to order for fox hunting even though he loved the animals and against it. He could always think of a way to celebrate Candy’s first part of the Ardlay family rather than fox hunting, and Anthony would be still alive, right?

    1. Thank you for your encouragement!!! 🙂

      Yes I think fox hunting was common social events for high society too. 🙂

      • Marjorie Townsend on July 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm
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      I also agree that MPG should try to turn her series into manga! her stories completely compliment both CC and CCFS! how nice!!! I hope she will do it someday…. soon! 🙂

        • Albertfanatix on July 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm
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        Glad to know I’m not alone with the manga idea based on a fanfic. 😉

        I think you should try it, Ms Puddleglum. Someone I know in another fandom made a manga that featured from a fanfic. I’m sure you can do it. We’ll support you! 😀

        1. As I mentioned above, I don’t think I have the skills. But I do enjoy illustrating some scenes in my stories, and I will continue whenever an idea hits me. 😀

      1. I don’t think I’m capable to draw a manga, Majorie and Albertfanatix… honestly! I’m too slow and still far from being proficient in drawing. 🙁 But thank you so much for your encouragement! I’m glad you like my stories 😀

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