Thursday, 10 July 2008

So the Messiah thinks he's Heathcliff?

by the SOIG's raving reporter The Black Fingernail

He has been compared to Stalin, Mr Blobby and a Shakespearian tragedy. But Matthew “Messiah” Wilson has at last settled on a comparison he is happy with: Heathcliff.

Emily Brontë’s brooding anti-hero has come to personify the wild depths of romantic passion, and the next Gardeners' World Head Gardener, who built a reputation with custard as a watchword, has settled on the Wuthering Heights character as a kindred spirit.

The comparison came when it was put to Mr Wilson during an interview with New Spudsman magazine that he reminded women of Heathcliff because of his intensity. He replied with a laugh: “Absolutely correct.” But then he added: “Well, maybe an older Heathcliff; a wiser Heathcliff.”
Asked whether he was a romantic, he replied: “Ask Sydney [his cat].”

Mr Wilson’s readiness to see himself as the ultimately tragic figure whose all-consuming and thwarted desire for Catherine Earnshaw destroyed him gives a rare human glimpse of himself that his strategists have been privately hoping he would show occasionally.

Mr Wilson refuses all requests to use his cats to show his more personal side even though some tell him that he needs to do so to counter Joe Swift’s appearances with his family.
His acceptance of the Heathcliff description provoked wry reactions.

Andrew McCarthy, of the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, West Yorkshire, said: “Heathcliff is a man prone to domestic violence, kidnapping, possibly murder and digging up his dead lover. He is moody and unkind to animals.”

Chris Beardshaw, the former shortscreen TV presenter and author of the famous “Stalin to Mr Blobby” jibe, said: “Heathcliff may be dark and brooding but he is also ruthless and vindictive. He ended his life a broken and tormented man haunted by a ghost. Monty Don perhaps?”

10 comments:

Crusty Bedsocks said...

Blackfingernail - you don't happen to be wearing a black suit and dark glasses by any chance do you? Tendencies to walk around holding your ear and talk into your sleeve? Like running alongside limos?

Just a thought....

Arabella Sock said...

Copy that!

Arabella Sock said...

The question now is:

Is he the Laurence Olivier romanticized Heathcliffe that we all want to remember

or

the Cliff Richard version we've all tried to forget?

HappyMouffetard said...

Or, the version our Prime Minister has so recently likened himself to.
Gordon Brown and Matthew Wilson - have they ever been seen together?

emmat said...

where can I buy New Spudsman magazine? I've...hmm... never heard of that one

principally st trivia said...

(An ancient fan's homage):
It all started that fateful day when the hero of the day offered to take GiantTrowel's group of messageboard gardening friends on a private and personal tour of Harlow Carr. He was presented with a picture of Heathcliff (as portrayed by Ralph Feinnes) and it was indeed a likeness, and we told him so.
He is a good sport as well as a committed gardener. More power to his meteoric rise to the top.

Arabella Sock said...

Well that settles it as far as I can see! Matthew will have to be Darcy now the Heathcliff comparison has been ruined by Gordon Brown- like so many other things!

emmat said...

I think I might go to bed and re-read Wuthering Heights. Because I can't remember any of that. It's amazing how little you can remember of a book isn't it? (Got to get back on the Gingko biloba.) I remember feeling really sorry for Heathcliff. I thought that Earnshaw was the one who kicked dogs.

If Heathcliff kicks dogs, that's it, I'm having a book-burning.

Fat Rascal said...

I might have to go back and read Jane Eyre -did Rochester have a Guide dog?
I have a mental picture of him sitting in an armchair with a Labrador at his feet...
Hang on, David Blunkett will be comparing himself to Rochester next!

Crusty Bedsocks said...

The dog was called Pilot and in the Beeb mini series it was an Irish Wolfhound - can't remember if a breed was mentioned in the book.