Sunday, October 19, 2008

Two fictional people

Giles

Giles is a lawyer who lives in Surrey. He lives with his wife and two teenage children.

He enjoys golfing. He attends his local parish church and is a member of the Conservative party. However, his main passion is for his Harley Davidson motorcycle, which his wife occasionally permits him to ride.

Giles has a shoes-off policy in his home. He and his wife decided upon this some time after they moved into a new house with cream coloured carpets. They had not intended to impose this rule, but after a number of black marks started to appear not long after they moved in and they received a bill for a professional professional carpet cleaning job, they felt they had no choice.

Some of their guests were a little surprised by the new rule when invited to frequent dinner parties there and some of Giles' wife's friends occasionally looked a little sad when leaving their expensive shoes at the door. However, most of them have become used to it and a number have followed suit in introducing a shoes-off rule. Many of them bring slippers when visiting Giles and his wife.

Giles' teenage son and daughter needed a little coaxing to get used to the rule. The daughter occasionally makes faces when reminded to remove her shoes, especially when she has her friends over.

Victoria

Victoria lives in in London with her partner and their two small children. Victoria and her partner run a vegetarian cafe and restaurant.

Victoria has pink hair and sevaral facial piercings. She is very keen on punk rock, particularly 80s crustcore type bands. She took part in many protests against the Iraq war and was more recently protesting about the expansion of Heathrow airport.

Victoria has a shoes-off policy in their house. Victoria is not the most houseproud of women and tends not to worry a lot about dirt. However, while travelling in south-east asia before they had children, Victoria and her partner came into contact with the practice of shoe removal. Victoria quite liked the practice, as she enjoyed going barefoot and thought it would bring a slightly oriental flavour to their home. Being very concerned about the environment, Victoria feels glad she adopted the shoes-off policy before having children. She is concerned about the effects of toxic chemicals and pollution on her children.

Victoria frequently invites friends to her home, hence their is often a vast pile of shoes and sandals at the door. Most of her friends are easy-going people, many of whom enjoyed going barefoot, liek Victoria. However, a few of them favour combat boots that take a little while to unlace.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do these nice characters represent real people?

Celestial Fundie said...

No.

They are examples of how different kinds of people may adopt a shoes-off policy.

Have you commented before here?

richyrich said...

Do you think that Giles and his wife would and should proivde slippers for their guests? And do you really think that their children would object strongly to the shoes off policy?

Celestial Fundie said...

Thanks for the comment, Rich.

"Do you think that Giles and his wife would and should proivde slippers for their guests?"

Some of the so-called 'etiquette experts' say so. I disagree. I think people in Britain would think that borrowing slippers is too weird.

"And do you really think that their children would object strongly to the shoes off policy?"

As a teenager I would have found it irritating. I did not care to be asked to remove my shoes or boots. Teenagers will never tire of finding things to sulk about.

God Bless

Matthew