Paying it forward
I want to like the Boffins. Really. They are committed to being the part of their new circumstances and “fashionable society” in all kinds of ridiculous ways .(Black dress of black velvet and feathers–who wouldn’t wear that?)
Unfortunately, all the talk of helping the “disappointed girl” and “some orphan child” definitely go over the line of helping out the less fortunate into something more disturbing. Adopting some child? For what? I didn’t get the sense that she wanted to practice her mothering instincts, but it is the result of a rich woman’s “fancy.”
Then, there is the comparison of the Boffins to a fairy tale, which seems especially fitting. The rich and those in need of heirs obviously need children, but this was not an issue before they were wealthy.
They way in which they go through the selection process of a child also indicates that they are not simply motivated to help a child in difficult circumstances. This scene definitely reminded me of the news stories of recent years where famous actors adopt children from exotic places–almost like it’s a competition. Am I supposed to come to the conclusion that people are terrible? Would it have been so bad for them to want to adopt for altruistic reasons? Or maybe just more understandable–if selfish–reasons?