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Question of the Day

What do you think?

What was Father's reaction to Kristopher's portrait of Vincent and Catherine?

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Catherine     2/9/2014 2:50:14 AM
Je pense que Père trouva que le portrait été très réaliste , romantique , magnifique et a la fois effrayant de voir tout l amour que projette Catherine et Vincent

Bryan Kroeger     2/4/2014 10:56:16 AM
Outraged, puzzled and then downright confounded

Nom-de-Guerre     2/3/2014 9:47:30 PM
I agree that surely Vincent and Catherine prepared Father first-- as much as he could ever be prepared for such a thing. After that, I believe that Father's good manners and British stiff-upper-lip allowed him (albeit with some throat-clearing, moist eyes and reddening cheeks) to stammer out "the right thing" to say while on the spot. But I also know that it struck him quite deeply on unconscious and subconscious levels as well as conscious, and though Catherine might not have known whether to be worried about his uncharacteristic loss for words, Vincent knows Father well enough to know that the painting would have resonated in Father down to his very soul, and that an experience of such profundity would take some time to process. So, after a short dumbstruck moment or two, Father would have collected his wits and his manners and allowed as how it was beautiful, indeed extraordinary... and then his stunned silence would say the rest. I think for the rest of the evening, in fact, for the next several days, Father would have been distracted, unsettled, and quite subdued as he wrestled with the variety of intense emotions he felt... fear that Vincent was setting himself up for even further heartbreak, almost certainly would have been uppermost in Father's mind at first... mixed with embarrassment that some strange eccentric unknown artist had seen so clearly and joyfully what Father tried so hard not to see or think about-- the miraculous and palpable connection between these two-- a connection that unmistakably includes sexual chemistry and physical passion as well as the spiritual bond. I think, like all parents, Father would have been, at first, uncomfortable with directly confronting the sexuality of his "child"-- acknowledging that his "child" is, long since, an adult man like Father himself, with adult needs. I think it would also have sparked some poignant envy and nostalgia in Father, from being so inescapably reminded of his own youthful passion and heartbreak. In sum, I think the painting would have helped/(forced?) Father take the leap (though somewhat unwillingly, initially) to seeing Vincent in rather a new light, and accepting that Vincent's life's possibilities had exponentially opened up. But all this would have taken some time for Father to fully process, and come to grips with, much less articulate.

truelovewaits     2/3/2014 6:28:03 PM
He would be furious that someone had seen Vincent before Catherine and Vincent explained how Kristopher is supposed to be dead but he's not.(That would be a hard one for him to swallow)After all that I think he would have been amazed at the portrait of Catherine and Vincent!

poetrymischief     2/3/2014 6:04:31 PM
I think before father was even shown the painting, Vincent and Catherine would tell Father the magical story behind the portrait. That Father would be just fine about it.

Emily     2/3/2014 4:34:30 PM
I imagine he was very anxious at first, being that Father is always worried about Vincent's safety and keeping Below from harm. But he is also a lover of the arts and culture, and how could you not look at the painting and feel inspired? Romantic? Just a little moved? I think he would feel that way after knowing they were safe.

Judith N     2/3/2014 1:07:01 PM
His seeing proof of Vincent's existence would be a worry. But I know he would also say..."Oh, my..." it is a stunning piece of work.

Odile     2/3/2014 8:23:07 AM
I think in the first instance, Father would have been furious that someone has seen Vincent. Then he would have been worry for the safety of Vincent and the community. He would have asked Vincent an explanation. Vincent would have reassured him by saying that the painter would not denounce them. Father being an artist in the soul, he would then have admired the quality of the paint. Father knowing the depth of the extraordinary love that bound Catherine and Vincent, he would have understood and admitted by seeing the painting, that the destiny of Catherine and Vincent was to be happy together.

Kathy De     2/2/2014 7:31:28 PM
I think his first reaction would have been extreme worry that proof of Vincent's existence was recorded. I also think that after he got over it he would have seen the beauty in the portrait and been happy for Vincent

Janet R.     2/2/2014 3:19:39 PM
I think he probably wanted to know when they posed for it and why they let some stranger in on the "secret."

Sharon     2/2/2014 2:40:02 PM

Father     2/2/2014 1:25:10 PM
"You know, you two share something quite extraordinary... Something that touches the best in all of us." (Temptation)

Manu     2/2/2014 10:17:07 AM
Mit skepsis. da er angst hat das Vincent in Gefahr gerät.

Vicky     2/2/2014 7:37:37 AM
You mean after the roar that mirrored Vincent's and that scared half the tunnel dwellers and left a few children having nightmares? Well, after all that... I think he didn't say anything, but secretly sneaked to Vincent's chamber a lot just to look at it, and he began to see the beauty and magic of the reality of their love, the reality of Catherine as part of Vincent's life, a life Father had insisted could never be.

Susie     2/1/2014 11:52:24 PM
I think he would be upset at first. Then he would realize the portrait is of a couple who are deeply in love.

Kindra     2/1/2014 10:04:13 PM
Shock first, of course, but I think the beauty of the painting would captivate him. He would be shocked speechless, but then he would stare at the painting for a long time, a very long time. Vincent would see the changing emotions cross his face and leave him alone with the painting for a while. Father's eyes would roam over the painting, see the fierce love and protectiveness of Vincent and the loving acceptance of Catherine. He would finally FINALLY allow some understanding seep into his mind and heart about the truth of their love for each other, how beautiful and real it is. I think he would go to Vincent, shake his head and say "I have no words" because truly, he would find it hard to explain what he has come to understand. Vincent would see the softness in Father's eyes, the wonder in them at such a love his son has found, the pleading in them for forgiveness, and Vincent would embrace him. It would be a beginning.

Julia     2/1/2014 9:43:46 PM
As father definitely had an eye for beauty and truth, he would be secretly admiring the portrait and deep down wishing it could really come to pass... this AFTER getting his mind blown and almost causing the tunnels to collapse as in Shades of Gray. ;)

cb mcwhorter     2/1/2014 7:14:26 PM
“Whatever were you thinking?!” “Well, then, how?...” “It really is a lovely piece. He works awfully fast, don’t you think? You said you met him just a few days ago, didn't you?” “Wait. The paint is dry.”

Nef     2/1/2014 7:31:41 PM
I don't think he would have had time for much of a reaction since he'd probably faint from shock, out like a light; eyes rolling back in his head as he hit the floor with a resounding thud!!

LauraG     2/1/2014 7:09:34 PM
I'm certain his eyes bugged right out of their sockets, rolled around on the floor a little while, and then they looked up to see his body having a heart attack. LOL

Skippy     2/1/2014 7:05:04 PM
I reckon there might have been a mushroom shaped cloud over Central Park, that might have bothered the citizens of NY, until it all blew away rather quickly.

Daria     2/1/2014 6:27:27 PM
Father would not have seen the picture because of the red in his eyes - the sting of seeing their love on canvas, the fear of wondering what will happen now that he's been seen. After learning Kristopher's part in the play of their life, I think Father would have tears of joy in knowing his son would at last experience the love all parents hope for their children.

Cordi     2/1/2014 5:32:32 PM
Er wird wissen wollen, wer von beiden auf die verrückte Idee gekommen ist einem Maler Modell zu stehen und dieses typische "was habt ihr euch nur dabei gedacht", um dann wieder auf die Gefahren solcher Vorhaben hinzuweisen. Wenn V & C dann endlich erklären können, dass sie selber keine Erklärung dafür haben, wird sich Vater zwar beruhigen aber trotzdem seine Sorge nicht ablegen können.Da aber alles so unerklärlich ist, wird er sich letzendlich mit der Schönheit des Portraits abfinden. He wants to know who's crazy idea it was to model for a painter and how dangerous those sort of projects are. When V&C finally can explain that they have no idea how this can be, Father will calm down, won't stop worrying but neither will be able to find an explantion - so at least he has to admit to the portrait's beauty.

Rusty / RedNightBird     2/1/2014 4:56:23 PM
The though of it is appalling to Father. I do not believe they'd ever heard such a ROAR. My mother used to use the word 'kaniption' fit.... years later I believe he'd admire it as a tribute to their epic love.

Walkingmiracle     2/1/2014 3:04:41 PM
He probably went crazy!Just based on how he reacted when Vincent mentioned that Kristopher had just walked up to them. I don't think he would ever have seen past the "danger" to appreciate it like it's clear that Vincent and Catherine did.

Rosemarie S.     2/1/2014 1:36:43 PM
Father already knew that V might have been seen in the park with C. He'd be concerned about that, but he'd be much more concerned with the idea of Kristopher being a ghost! I think it would just be too much for him and he would simply be in denial. He's just dismiss the painting as a fantasy - not to be taken seriously. He would say something like, "Kristopher has captured the dream in your heart beautifully - but it is just a dream." However, maybe seeing the portrait over time in V's chamber would help to change his mind. : )

Bryan Kroeger     2/1/2014 12:28:02 PM
I think Vincent would have had a joint viewing with Father and Narcissa. While they hash things out he could read a novel or rescue a kitten.

SUZIE KONG     2/1/2014 11:59:07 AM
Father would say "It's about time you finally get it on!!! Really Vincent, your not getting any younger. I need to have many grand babies you know. Honestly!!!!"

T'Mara     2/1/2014 11:53:48 AM
I think Father chuckled and was relieved that he was not the only one who understood how close these two really were, and thought that maybe, just maybe, so much love would stand a chance after all.

Carole W     2/1/2014 11:18:46 AM
Right, Claire. I forgot how the supernatural elements might bowl Father completely over.

M.     2/1/2014 10:46:55 AM
One month later... Not a bad picture ,what do you think could he paint us together?

M.     2/1/2014 10:44:46 AM
How could you be so careless!! The danger. The tunnels must be kept save. What he`s a ghost!!!!! Where can we be save now!!!!!

Claire     2/1/2014 10:32:11 AM
dismissive "of"

Claire     2/1/2014 9:48:10 AM
Stunned (speechless??) with its beauty and power, worried about its meaning and influence, dismissive or supernatural explanations, and yet hesitant to even try and manipulate his son into putting the portrait "away" in an unconspicuous place! Everlasting thanks, Kristopher, this portrait surely is worth a thousand fruitless discussions! :)

Carole W     2/1/2014 9:51:54 AM
Shock, yes, that someone saw Vincent so clearly, but then it must surely dawn on Father that the artist saw Vincent in his glory. And saw Vincent and Catherine gloriously in love, that together, by their very stance and gaze, they were something un-asunderable. I would think, once he lowered his brows and began to breathe again, that he would *know*, and he would have to close his eyes with awe and belief in the power of love, that tears would trickle down his cheeks, and that he would open his arms to them, and by doing so, open his own heart to all that is possible, yet for him.

Debbie Bluerose     2/1/2014 8:45:49 AM
After Father stopped having a heart attack over the fact that the artist saw Vincent ... perhaps he would take a closer look and start to crack open his heart to the possibility of them being together.

JoAnn     2/1/2014 8:44:22 AM
I agree with those who think Father's first reaction would have been shock that someone had seen Vincent. But I hope he would then have studied the painting and noticed the beauty of the two of them being together, and the sense of rightness, how they belong together.

underthepark     2/1/2014 7:28:54 AM
First reaction: where did he see you!!!!!!! but then he would have admitted that it is beautiful.

ENCHANTED     2/1/2014 7:24:33 AM
WHAT! You had a portrait done and you did not invite me...really!!

Marianne "Lioness" Nielsen     2/1/2014 7:19:12 AM
Father's reaction to the painting? I think, he had an apoplectic FIT! Again, Vincent might risk meeting new people and actually find a new friend, which in Father's opinion, would pose a risk to the society! Father has always kept Vincent isolated and sees any changes as dangerous! He might as well put a chain - with a heavy cannon ball attached to it - on Vincent's ankle! >:-}

Pat     2/1/2014 7:17:36 AM
They fit so well together! Perhaps there is hope for them both and their relationship. Could something of such beauty not be true?

Regina     2/1/2014 7:05:31 AM
Dear God He saw you!

Jodie     2/1/2014 6:54:20 AM
A piece of remarkable beauty...

Carol S     2/1/2014 6:10:10 AM
Probably panic --"He saw you!!!!"

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