Friday, April 07, 2006

Puppet Master

In the beginning, Fred Rogers created Lady Elaine Fairchilde.

Lady Elaine is the unforgettable diamond amongst the lost and confused dwellers of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Though merely a hand-puppet, she commands. She is the true puppet-master. Even high and mighty King Friday finds it difficult to manage her. She spars with him whenever the opportunity comes. King Friday is supposed to be the Ruler; but he is no Ruler. He is a jealous, self-obsessed, melodramatic, power-monger, who never had an original thought in his life. King Friday's jealousy of Lady Elaine is strong, and rightfully so.

Lady Elaine is pure creativity: risk-taker, instigator, trouble-maker, beautiful, sensitive, rebellious. She mirrors so many things in humanity: real life. Lady Elaine is that bizarre, combination of love and hate found in all humans.

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