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Portraits: Sansa Stark

The red hair, the wistful look, the ignored servant, the luxurious room.  The girl is clearly sad, but she is also still beautiful and elegant.  She clasps her hands delicately, and her skirt is still perfectly arranged.  She displays a sad longing but also still looks quite dreamy.  This is all very Sansa in The Red Keep for me.

SANSA STARK
The Pained Heart , a.k.a. Sigh No More, Ladies (1868)
Arthur Hughes
English (born 1832 – 1915 died)
oil on canvas
Private Collection

There’s not a lot about this painting on the Internet, so it was a bit more difficult to research.  But based on the “aka” title, I’m wondering if it relates to this poem, “Sigh No More, Ladies…” from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing:

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh nor more;
Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never;
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny;
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into. Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no mo,
Or dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leavy.
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into. Hey, nonny, nonny.

It’s interesting, because I wanted to say that Sansa has been deceived, manipulated and defrauded by men (Joffrey, Littlefinger?), but when I think about who’s really at the root of her problems, I keep coming back to Cersei.

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