Periodically a doll becoming resident at Royal Doll Town would arrive with a certain claim to a modicum of fame like Lady Georgine Japonine of Giverny. She swore she had spent time living in the Blue Room at Giverny (the home of Impressionist painter Claude Monet) fraternizing with Monet’s stepdaughter Germaine Hoschede and her other dolls circa 1877. “Surely you know about zee portrait of Germaine wiz her doll completed in 1878 by Monet? Well I knew her extreeeeeeemely well… zee doll I mean…” She explained to Queen Marcheline with an air of importance. She considers herself an expert on Monet, Impressionism, Japonisme and Kimonos and therefore believes she's extreeeeeeemely cultured especially because she was accustomed to attending fête champêtres (garden parties/picnics) with people and dolls of great erudite stance in her day. So, instead of Queen Marcheline finding a place for her at Court, she placed herself. “I shall be zee Lady of ‘Aughty Culture and 'Orticulture,'” she insisted in her forthright French accent, “because I am so supreeeeeeemely culchuuured and j’adore growing seengs! I spent ages in Monet’s jardin superbe studying ‘ow he grew zee most amaaaaaaaazeeng flowers!” It is true, the artist Monet created the most impressive and spectacular stellacular garden at his property in Giverny. There are not many characters who leave the Queen at a loss for words, but Lady Georgine Japonine of Giverny is one of them, and she got away with personally appointing herself to her position and conducting herself in a manner she felt befitting her title. She arranges fête champêtres, art evenings, flower shows, fusses over the Japanese dolls, supports all the Kokeshi Dolls’ displays around the rampart and strategically cultivates an amicable cultural alliance with the Lord of Flowers and Chihauhaus.
The Lord of Flowers and Chihauhaus is Lord Georgiobert Chihauhauhair. He hails from Mexico and claims he was the great love interest of a doll belonging to the formidable artist Frida Kahlo’s niece Isolda. Like Lady Georgine Japonine of Giverny he will insist: “Haven’t you seen the photograph of November 26 1935? Well I knew her extremely well… the doll I mean…” He claims to be an expert on Mexican culture, the vibrancy of colour, the brilliance of flowers and of course the cha cha cha of the chihauhau. Chihauhaus originate from Mexico so naturally he adores them and culturally embraces them. The petalcoats, capes or kimonos he is wont to wear (thanks to the influence of Lady Georgine Japonine whom he respects as ‘una chica moderna’) are religiously lustrous, gaudy and garish as though he'd made a pit stop in Hawaii en route to the Tower of Royal Doll Town. He adores his mariachi suits and wears them under the coat, cape or kimono he is wont to wear to cultural functions and gatherings. He has adopted every single chilli pepper chihauhau that ever came from the Live Produce Homing Home, i.e chilli peppers exactly resembling chihauhaus and have been vivified by the Count Mandrake. These tally up to six actually, three green and three red and he befittingly named them Jalapeño, Habenero, Ancho, Serrano, Poblano and Rocoto. Apart from these boisterous hot pepper boys he has one very pampered little lady potato Chihauhau called Chi Chi who has a penchant for wearing pink wigs. On the subject of hair, Lord Georgiobert’s is actually made from the fur groomed from a long haired Chihauhau (causing no harm whatsoever to the animal as it was mere summer shedding) and even his body is stuffed with it so he loves boasting: “I am wow-wow Chihauhau through and through!” and while the line has become old and corny he will not let up repeating it. He and Lady Georgine are on a similar pluck, and got along famously, which is just as well as Queen Marcheline finds their cultural intensities quite overwhelming not to mention Lord Chihauhauhair's pack of peppers which are prone to wolf whistling the prim poodles of the Social Butterflies when they sashay past (much to the indignation and consternation of the Ladies I might tell you!) “Those chilli dogs of yours need more etiquette lessons Lord Chihauhauhair! Send them to Etta Kitt post-haste!” the Queen is serially compelled to insist. “Propriety is prime!” Furthermore, a tristed love triangle seems to exist within this tight cultural nest. It's evident Lord Georgiobert Chihauhauhair fancies Lady Georgine Japonine of Giverny, but she is evidentally too wrapped up in her cultural pursuits to really realize this. In the mean time the very old colonial Josefa Jaramillo doll from Mexico is madly, and deeply in love with Lord Chihauhauhair since her previous companion, the Kit Carson doll was lost way back when on the wagon trail in the pioneering days. Unfortunately for Josefa Jaramillo, Lord Chihauhauhair is too wrapped up in his cultural pursuits and pursuit of Lady Japonine to notice her. She will avidly walk his chilli chihauhaus for him, volunteer to help with any of his floral enthusiasms, have portraits of herself painted in the Frida Kahlo style as those are his favourites or offer to dust and clean his sombrero and mariachi collections but unfortunately to no avail. Oh the tortured tormented unrequited loves of dolls!
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AND HE SAID:
"Truly I tell you,
You're NEVER too old to be young at heart
P l a g i a r i s m is
a plague D O N ' T
S P R E A D I T ! ! !
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