At first Si, by Schiaparelli (Schiaparelli 1957) is slightly smoky with vibrant springlike florals, clear and dainty green notes and aldehydes – Schiaparelli labels this a “Chloro-Cologne” meaning a green scent. There’s also a special emphasis on rose, jasmine, tuberose and lily-of-the-valley. In general, I’ve noticed that lily-of-the-valley is often a strong note in Schiapparelli fragrances.
Si has a layered effect, like a pretty vintage tulle dress. It’s powdery and feminine without being cloying or losing its crisp bite. If a color could describe Si, it would be the iconic Schiaparelli hot pink – classic, dramatic and slightly edgy. I really like this one with its fresh opening warming into a sandalwood and vanilla beauty in the late drydown.
So, last week I said that I had many questions about Carmen after reading A Pocket Book of Great Operas, and one of those questions was about the plot. I felt that there was a striking similarity between Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and the plot of Carmen. I thought that I might not be totally delusional in seeing the similarity but so far I can’t seem to find any other published piece that concurs with my observation. So, either I really am off or… I don’t know what.
I mean, the plot of Carmen, as I understand it, is basically that a man is drawn to a beautiful woman who never commits to or loves any of the many men with whom she has erotic interactions. The man gives her his heart and she decides to throw it away for another man who can give her what she “really wants” and, in the end, she finds herself dead. And then there’s The Sun Also Rises, where a very attractive woman who has sexual interactions with many men and is very popular with men, draws the heart of a man/men who lose her to a man/men/situation that offers her what she’s looking for, but in the end she finds herself not dead, but in a terrible state. They both involve Spanish bull-fighting scenes of great romantic/sexual/emotional importance too. So… am I being an nitwit or are these plots similar? Was Hemingway inspired by Carmen? <cricket chirp>
Anyway. Whatever the case may be, I love A Pocket Book of Great Operas. It’s a charming little book that does indeed fit in pockets. I’ll probably bring it with me to the opera in May (just as a quick, familiar reference that can fit in my pocket). I’ll discuss the rest of this book in next week’s post.
Until Friday. 🙂