Oct 03 2014

Love Triangle (Part 5)

Those who are familiar with Candy Candy Final Story (CCFS) know that Candy was in her thirties, living somewhere across the Atlantic Ocean with her husband, likely somewhere in England. Since Mizuki deliberately avoided Candy’s husband’s name, we readers call him Anohito (that person) just like Candy.

First of all, as I have mentioned more than once, the term “anohito” is very common, and it doesn’t necessarily mean a man. For example, in the manga, right after Candy discovered Albert’s true identity, they sat down to have tea, browsing the family portraits together in the solarium.

Albert pointed at Rosemary’s portrait and said, “Anohito, very beautiful… Rosemary Brown… my big sister…”

Then Candy thought, “Konohito is Anthony’s mama… Brown…” (Note: Konohito means ‘this person’)

Anyway, ever since CCFS has been published, there has been a consistent debate about who Anohito is. To many readers, there are clues everywhere in the novel, and we have to play detective ourselves to try to figure it out. The first clue I want to discuss is the jewelry box.

Throughout CCFS, Candy reminisced her past by retrieving various items stored in a valuable, large jewelry box. See the spoiler below:

I took out a damascened (inlaid work) jewellery box from the back of the cabinet. Decorated with small jewels and mother-of-pearls, I’ve heard that this large jewellery box has been passed down in HIS family for generations.
I’m not the right person to own such a beautiful and valuable jewellery box…, I told him, however HE laughed away and insisted.
…Then you can use for any purpose as you like.
In the box: memorabilia, clippings from magazines and daily papers, and a bundle of letters…

So this large jewelry box had been passed down in her husband’s family for generations. Why do I think this is a big hint that Candy married Albert not Terry?

Because Terry had never got along well with the Grantchesters. In CCFS, Candy said the following about Terry when she first learned from Annie that Terry had become a Broadway actor (from spoilers):

I was glad to know that Terry gave up the name “Grantchester” and started to stand up for himself.

Isn’t it queer that Candy was glad that Terry had given up his family name? I suppose she understood that his relationship with his father was poor?

Later when Terry returned to Broadway (see Love Triangle (Part 4)) and became successful again, he was known as Terrus Graham (see below):

The letter from Eleanor Baker and the invitation to the performance —.
Stratford Theatre Company Autumn performance
Directed by Robert Hathaway
Leading actor Terrus Graham
The invitation card Eleanor Baker kindly sent me, which I didn’t use.

When Candy wrote an unsent letter to him, Candy addressed to “Dear Mr Terrus Graham” as well. Therefore, it’s obvious Terry had no intention of going back to his birth father in London, where his wife and her children seemed to despise Terry very much. In fact, the Duke never appeared in the manga again after Terry had left London. Had the man given up this rebellious child as well?

In addition, we all know that Terry was an illegitimate child by definition, because his parents were not married to each other at the time of his birth. Do you know that English Common Law placed harsh penalties on an illegitimate child, denying the child inheritance and property rights? Modern law has given the illegitimate child more rights but still differentiates between the marital and non-marital status. While a rising level of out-of-wedlock births in the United States and Europe might eventually bring changes to the law, I believe people back in 1920s were way more conservative. Not to mention that Terry wasn’t the only child of his father. Do you think the Duchess would let Terry inherit any treasure from the Duke while she had several children herself?

You might argue that it was merely a jewelry box that had now been passed to Candy. What’s the big deal?

However, come to think of it, it was an expensive heirloom, a damascened jewelry box decorated with small jewels and mother-of-pearls! It’s only reasonable to assume this is passed to the lady of the house, the wife of the heir. Therefore, it makes more sense that the previous owner of this jewelry box was Albert’s mother, who had passed away long time ago. Madam Elroy might be the one who had been keeping it until her nephew, the only male descendant of the clan would get married one day, or she might have passed it to her nephew already. At any rate, Rosemary shouldn’t be the one who had owned this heirloom simply because she wasn’t the heir. What do you think? Here is Part 6.


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  1. Of course your theory is right; Terrus couldn´t be Anohito, because he couldn´t be the heir….that simple!!!! 😉

    1. Yup Criss!! It’s just that simple and straightforward! 😀 Such a big hint don’t you think? 😉

    • Reeka on October 5, 2014 at 7:44 am
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    ^_^ I’ve told you almost everything about my opinion on this jewelry box clue. I know I might sound biased, but I just couldn’t put Terry on this jewelry box case.

    If ones wanted to argue it was The Grandchester’s, they needed quite a lot assumptions or imaginations. Many “what if ” are needed. I’m sure Mizuki had thought about it. Why she presented us a precious damascened jewelry box in CCFS? Why not just a simple box? Because she wanted us refering to an heir! And it’s obvious who had the destiny as an heir.

    And I agree with SweetCandyAndley, the way Anohito just simply laughed and said C could use it for anything, it’s so Albert.

    In my ideal Candy Candy world, I imagine that Elroy was the one who had kept it for so long and then she gave it to C in front of Albert. ^^

    1. Hi there Reeka! Yes, indeed! We will need more explanation or reason why Terry returned to his ‘family’ in London and why the Duke accepted his return. Also need many imaginations why Duchess was willing to let Terry be the ‘heir’. As you said, Albert was destined to inherit everything, and he had all the authority.
      Elroy presented it to C in front of A? Me too! I have this in two of my stories 😛

    • SweetCandyAndley on October 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm
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    Hi Ms Puddle!

    Long time gone! I know! But I’m back to town!

    I can’t agree with you more, and Quevivacandy’s comment is very interesting!

    Right now, I don’t remember wether it was in the anime or the manga where Anthony had a jewelry box that used to belong to his mother. He lend some of her jewels to Candy. It makes me wonder, if he had it, and he was one of the direct heirs, this jewelry box was supposed to be important. I mention this because I consider it was even more meaningful for the rightful heir to have inherited such an important item. If the Ardlays were so attached to their customs and protocols, definitely the Patriarch’s wife should receive this jewelry box! I don’t think it was just a simple object! But it represented the continuance of their clan. Of course Albert would always do anything to make Candy feel at ease. She was more important than anything else, but he convinced her to keep it, anyway!

    What do you think?

    1. Hola SweetCandyAndley!!!! Glad to hear from you again!! Wish everything goes well with you! 🙂

      Anyway, I don’t recall that scene in the manga, so it’s likely in the anime. One thing I know though, Anthony wasn’t in the direct line. Only Albert was, so that was why Anthony said to Candy about the badge “only Ardlay boys have that badge”. That also explained why Anthony figured out that his young uncle had been Candy’s prince. What do you think? 😉

      I agree with you that the Ardlays cared about tradition and customs a lot. It only makes sense that the heir’s wife owned this particular heirloom so that she could pass on to the next generation (her son’s wife, etc.)

      I think Albert wanted Candy to keep the expensive box first because she married him and secondly no other lady was eligible to keep it. That was why he laughed in response to her remark. Don’t you think? 🙂 Of course, he would do anything to make her feel at ease, just as you said, mi amiga. 😀

    • Quevivacandy on October 4, 2014 at 11:43 am
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    always people will see what they want to see… there are A LOT of clues in CCFS.

    The jewelry box I guess is one of the most clear ones. Albert is the heir, the jewelry box has been passed generation to generation in the family but as you say, who has it? It is a simple answer, the heir’s wife not the heir in himself. The duchess will never give it to Terry. He is an illegitimate son and she hated him. Also, as you said, he changed his lastname relinquishing his position. He didn’t want it, he despised it, he only wanted to be an actor… So how he can be Anohito then? It doesn matter that Candy lives with that person in England, and might be Terry because he is from England, nah… if that is so, Misuki would said something like she move back with that person to England and not just settle that they live there…. mmm that is another topic, lol..

    Yesterday, I read some comments that made laugh talking about anohito. As you said, anohito means that person and it could be used to talk about a woman or a man, so one girl said it could be Annie! lol…

    1. She has been in Pony’s Hill in the spring
    2. Candy didn’t want to go with Miss Pony while she was sick just fearing to be scolded to be with Annie in England
    3. She could have given the jewelry box to Candy. If somegirls make it possible with Terry, Annie has more possibilities.
    4. Annie and Candy are huging each other all the time
    5. Although Annie were engaged to Archie, in the meantime the could get divorced.

    I don’t remember the other things but everything was in a teasing way… 😀 And I don’t know why I’m writing about this right now… lol…

    1. Exactly, QuevivaCandy my dear! Very well said. It’s a jewelry box, so the owner is usually the lady of the house. Since it’s an heirloom, it makes sense that the wife of the heir owns it.

      Why would Terry want to return to his family in London? He never liked them either.

      Plus, the Duke was still young, and he probably didn’t die yet in 1930s… Who knows? 😉

      Anohito is Annie?! Laughing out loud!!

    • Tiny12 on October 4, 2014 at 8:46 am
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    I agree with you ms puddle!!!

    1. Thank you Tiny12!! 🙂

  2. Good morning Ms Puddle

    I completely agree with you Ms Puddle !

    I also think the Duke hasn’t given the box at Terry but on his legitimate son.
    When Anohito laughs : “Then you can use for any purpose as you like !” It sounds like Albert, of course !

    Very interesting insights Ms Puddle !

    1. Thanks dear Antlay!! 🙂 I can’t imagine the Duchess passing an expensive heirloom to Terry at all… Lol.
      Yes, it does sound more like Albert :-)… But I don’t know the original Japanese text. This was from spoilers after all 😉

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