Friday, June 26, 2009

in no end of trouble

i love characters prone to misadventure and blunders, accidental errors and comic catastrophe. and i love them even more if, despite their propensity for trouble-making, they are really proper, polite, and innocent fellows who just want to please. i love paddington bear because he is known to "try so hard to get things right", but he just can't seem to stop getting into trouble. i love him because he likes marmalade sandwiches and cocoa, and he always addresses someone as "mr." or "mrs." or "miss", and he is an immigrant stowaway who arrives in london from "darkest peru". i think paddington is such a charming bear, so adorable and silly in his hat and jacket and wellington boots (which unfortunately he is not wearing in this image!) i want to invite him over for tea and help him unpack that old battered suitcase and get into trouble with him.

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