Regarding ‘Swan Song’ 3x14:
I’d always considered Jess coming to her home for dinner with a black eye as Emily’s first impression of Jess. Not so. Though Emily was being remarkably sweet during the dinner itself (I’m beyond curious to know how the dinner would have gone if Rory hadn’t pushed things, as both Emily and Jess were most definitely on their respective best behavior), I didn’t realize she vividly remembered that it was he who crashed Rory’s car, and just how much she still held that previous car crash against Jess.
Where is this conclusion coming from? When Lorelai called on the phone the next day, not only did Emily tell her: “heaven forbid they’re in another accident together,” but she also said that “Lord Jim has decided cell phones are beneath him…”
I’d never really given that snippet of a sentence much thought, just assumed he was putting on airs and therefore called him “Lord” somebody-or-another, but this time watching, it occurred to me that ASP never uses a reference accidentally, incidentally or without considerable meaning, so I looked it up on Wikipedia.
"Lord Jim" was a book which had movie renditions in 1925 and 1965. The first half of the story centers around the main character, first mate aboard the "Patna," standing trial for (along with the rest of the crew) abandoning the passengers of the ship to their fate when it had crashed and was sinking.
It actually took me a regrettably long time reading through the summary to comprehend why Emily used the name for Jess, as there are actually several valid parallels between the main character of the book and Jess. But, thinking back to the context of Emily’s rant, it suddenly made perfect sense.
Ohhhhhhhh….. (goes back and reads the last half of the summary again) There’s another layer. Emily is referring to a recurrence of a dereliction of duty to protect. She is saying what would happen if they crashed again (or if his car broke down) and he didn’t have a phone with which to call for help. — At the end of the book, the character Lord Jim willingly takes a bullet in the chest as retribution for not being able to save the child of the leader of the community who, along with many others, was under his protection. OUCH!
Once again, ASP, my hat is off to you.
"The one that got away..."
When I see you again
And I’m greeted as a friend
It is understood
That we did all we could