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Sep 19 2013

With love and gratitude (Part 3)

As mentioned in my previous posts “With love and gratitude (Part 1)” and “With love and gratitude (Part 2)”, Candy’s last letter to Albert was the second last letter in the epilogue of Candy Candy Final Story (CCFS). Her final letter was written in her mind to Anthony (in Heaven?). Right after that, Candy was abruptly brought back to the present (in her 30s) when her husband with no name (simply referred to as Anohito, which means “that person”) came home to find her sitting alone in the dark.

He flipped the lights on and gently asked her, “You were in the dark. What’s the matter with you, Candy?”

Though he was concerned, he was smiling at her by the door. Candy described that she loved his gentle voice and his smile, and she got up from her chair and happily ran into his outstretched arms. (Doesn’t this sound very familiar to those who have read the manga?)

This is how the epilogue of CCFS ends. So what exactly is an epilogue?

Readers are often curious about what happens to the characters after the narrative ends. An epilogue serves to satisfy this curiosity, leaving the reader informed and/or fulfilled, by giving a glimpse into the future of the main characters after the story is concluded. Therefore, epilogues often hint at a possible sequel or wrap up all the loose ends. Sometimes an epilogue may be as long as an entire chapter in a book, and in some cases, an epilogue has been used to allow the main characters a chance to “speak freely” (though an epilogue can continue in the same narrative style and perspective as the preceding story).

There are many examples in the literature. For your interest, you can read some famous works in http://grammar.about.com/od/e/g/Epilogue.htm

Back to CCFS epilogue, it mostly contains the letter correspondence between Candy and Albert, beginning with her response to the shocking discovery that Albert was in fact her Prince on the Hill. This is similar to the ending of the manga although in CCFS the way he disclosed the truth was quite different.

Albert then replied to Candy explaining why he had postponed till now, and in her reply to him she further described in details how he had come to reveal his last secret to her on Pony’s Hill. After that, their letters tell us more about who Albert really was, including his lonely childhood and why he had to hide his true identity etc. Apparently, the author Mizuki wanted to tie some loose ends in the epilogue, letting both Candy and Albert talk freely and honestly to each other about themselves.

Then in the last letter between them, Terry’s name finally appeared, and his name was brought up not because Candy had any interaction with him but because Albert decided to return Candy’s diary to the rightful owner (see my previous posts). After this, Candy didn’t mention Terry again, and even in her letter to Anthony later she avoided using Terry’s name though she was talking about having met him in London. Yet she spent some time introducing Albert to Anthony, telling Anthony various things about his uncle. The author Mizuki essentially concluded her CCFS in the epilogue who was most important to Candy by then.

On top of all that, before Candy ended her letter to Albert with love and gratitude, she told Albert that she had determined to return her precious diary to him, and she said,

I am — very grateful to my parents who have abandoned me at the Pony’s Home.
Thanks to that, I could meet you!

Now, what did Candy really mean?

Note that everything above concerning CCFS is from spoilers. I will talk more in Part 4. Please stay tuned. 🙂

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  1. grace

    It’s disappointing that the author doesn’t write explicitly who the Anohito is for the sake of pleasing the readers. But the line “… and she got up from her chair and happily ran into his outstretched arms.”, does the run to “outstretched arms” always refers to Albert? In the manga, Candy always runs to his “outstretched arms”.

    1. Ms Puddle

      Hi Grace! Nice to meet you. :-). In my opinion, I think not revealing who Candy’s husband is actually disappointed many fans on both sides. Though I agree with you, Grace, that in the manga Candy always ran to Albert for a hug whenever she was upset. Yet, I believe he opened his arms wide only once. That is at the end of the manga when she was running towards him from a distance. To me, that symbolizes he was ready to receive her. I’ll explain more in my new post.

  2. Reeka

    Ms Puddle,

    I just managed to read this series of Love and Gratitude. You know, in your first paragraph, you explained ” .. Candy was abruptly brought back to the present (in her 30s) when her husband with no name (simply referred to as Anohito, which means “that person”) ..”

    since you ( intentionally or not) said ” her husband with no name “, then an idea came across my mind. Suddenly i thought “wait a minute … anohito, that man … no name … albert’s amnesiac period, … WAA’s three figures to candy ( as the prince, as vagabond albert, as uncle william) …”. Can we say this anohito name is also a clue from mizuki? :). Terry is terry, terrance graham-grandchester. Meanwhile albert? How many names candy used to address albert in CCFS? Many! Can we safely say that whichever name candy used, it doesn’t matter for her because he’s everything for her, because he had many roles in her life.

    1. Ms Puddle

      Wow!! Reeka! You really want to look for clues, don’t you? You were right that Candy called Albert by many different names lol! This is also inspired by Daddy Long Legs. *WINK*

      But anohito doesn’t necessarily mean a man I think. “Hito” simply means person. 😉 Also, I believe Mizuki said she hadn’t used his name because she “allowed” her readers to imagine whatever they like (something along that line).

      To me, there are more than just a few concrete “evidence” in CCFS pointing to Albert as Anohito. I’ll talk more soon.

      Thanks for reading this long series, dear!!

      1. Reeka

        Hahahaha i just can’t help! Told you that i blame mizuki on making my mind busy.

        Don’t get me wrong, i have no doubts that candy ended up with WAA in CFFS. It’s just that puzzle is my weakness. ^^

        1. Ms Puddle

          No worries! You have great insights my dear! After all, you’re not the only one who is intrigued 😉

  3. Aria

    I think the reason why Mizuki decided not to mention Candy’s husband’s name at the end was because she didn’t want to disappoint both Albert’s and Terry’s fans. In other word, she tried to please everybody which it didn’t work though. I am still not very happy with the ending of the original and Candy Candy Final Story. To make it worst, CCFS is only in Japanese. ARGHHHH sob sob 🙁

    However, LNF from Ms. Puddle has been comforting my sadness over this 🙂

    1. Ms Puddle

      I totally agree with you, Aria. In fact she ended up disappointing both sides of fans. I heard that some Albert fans were completely shocked because the ending of the manga and the old novel clearly indicated that Albert was the one…

    2. Ms Puddle

      Aria, once again thank you so much for big encouragement on my story!! Let me give you a bow to thank you! ^_^

      1. Aria

        🙂 You deserve the compliment. BTW, I like your new website.

        1. Ms Puddle

          Thanks again, Aria!! 😀

  4. CKati

    Yes, it is quite clear from all of these spoilers, but also from the manga and even the end of the anime series, that ultimately Albert is the one for Candy.

    1. Ms Puddle

      I agree with you, CKati, but unfortunately many don’t see it at all. 🙁

  5. Beatrice

    Her very words state that Candy is in love with Albert. I don’t understand why Terry fans keep insisting that she hasn’t let go of Terry.

    1. Ms Puddle

      Well… I will talk more in part 4 about this 😉

    2. CKati

      Dear Beatrice,

      in addition to my comments above and in respons to your comment, I would like to say that I can understand the Terry-fans. It’s hard to let go of Terry as the great love of Candy’s live, especially if you’ve only seen the anime :-). But I guess by now most CC fans have also read the manga and some of the spoilers available here and there, and still cannot let go of Terry.
      He has just made an unforgettable impression 😉

      1. Ms Puddle

        Yes, Terry in the anime is indeed the focus, and I won’t blame the fans who have not read (or refused to read) the manga. It’s just very different, especially the cozy (romantic) scenes between Albert and Candy in the manga are either absent or rushed in the anime adaptation. Very unfortunate.

  6. Venice

    Have you observe Candy had no treasure from Terry? She had a picture of Anthony, a badge from Albert, but nothing from Terry? Except for a memory of him?

    1. Ms Puddle

      I think Candy had clippings about Terry’s news from tabloids… 😛

  7. sadie

    an epilogue is either for ending or twist, and it depends on the writer’s point of view. there are some hearsay that Albert stays with Candy and i agree with them.

    1. Ms Puddle

      Yes… though I don’t really understand why Mizuki didn’t name Candy’s husband? 😛

  8. Guest

    Now that you mention it, there was a couple even thanked earthquake for coming into their lives and without it, they’d never have met.

    1. Ms Puddle

      Yes, things may happen in our lives that lead us to the right people 😛

  9. Monique

    I’ve been fan of some books with epilogues and I do believe Albert and Candy did end up together as husband and wife. I think what the author did was write her main character who reminisced good memories about their past in the beginning of the story, just like the other movies. The author doesn’t need to write specifically that they did stay as couple, but what the character had mentioned that belonged to the Andrews should be enough proof that she had already been married to Albert. I agree that it was disappointing that Candy never even mentioned the name of the man (who outstretched his arms), but how she described him, the same way as she did to her prince of the hill made me believe it was Albert. All I can remember is only Albert or Anthony offers gentle open arms to Candy, but never Terry. I checked the anime repeatedly or even in manga, there was never an outstretch arms to Candy, so I just know the ‘person’ in the dark is not Terry.

    1. Ms Puddle

      Interesting thoughts and insights! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  10. Kim

    When Candy said, “I am — very grateful to my parents who have abandoned me at the Pony’s Home. Thanks to that, I could meet you!”, That could be mean she already had fallen for Albert. If she had stayed with her parents somewhere in America, there would be no way for her to meet Albert. We know that the she fell over Terry, but she never used those same words, nor even thank Uncle William for sending her to London that led her to meet Terry. Just Albert. Obviously…fate really meant for Candy and Albert to encounter until the end.

    1. Ms Puddle

      Thank you for your comment! I’ll talk more about Candy’s feelings for Albert soon, but she did mention something about fate bringing her to London (Terry) due to Anthony’s accident… 😉

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