Function Order: Ne-Fi-Te-Si

Everyone who knows Mrs. Harris calls her a “dreamer,” and that’s why they are drawn to her; because she dares to dream of beautiful things in a better world, and to save up for a five hundred pound dress that she would never wear anywhere “important.” It doesn’t matter that she has only the pub to wear it to, she wants to give it a “life.” To feel beautiful for once in her life. She starts dreaming about people and things instantly – thinking that everything is a good omen or a sign of things to come, that a man who is paying her attention in Paris might be a good romantic partner (she’s crushed and humiliated to learn she reminds him of a servant he once had who was kind to him, and so she just gets up and leaves his home), etc. She’s a blend of impulsiveness and self-denial, betting everything on a dog at the track in the certainty that it’s going to pay off, but also freezing herself during the winter by not using the gas heat so she can save her money. Ada easily sees that the accountant for Dior and the beautiful model could have a future together and have much in common, so she plays matchmaker with them. She also thinks it would be wrong for Dior to go out of business and urges others to save it, because it would be wrong for Dior not to put beauty and magic out into the world. She’s quite private about her feelings and rarely speaks about them; she will go off alone to think about them and process them, or talk to her dead husband and ask permission for things, and frames it in him being disappointed in her for her foolishness. Ada is also stubborn about what she wants for herself and doesn’t let other people talk her out of it; when they try to shun her because of her low class, she tells them off and shoves her money at them. She also confronts the man who came to inform her about her widow’s pension, bluntly telling him she doesn’t owe him any back pay. Ada can be a detailed housekeeper, and has stuck with the same jobs for a long time, and occasionally talks about how it used to be with her husband, but is in no way practical about her life.

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Ada is a very compassionate and sweet woman, who goes along with others’ agendas all the time, because she’s too meek to stand up for herself. She hasn’t been paid by a woman who constantly makes excuses about why she can’t give Ada her money, yet continues to work there hoping that one day, she’ll get paid. It’s not until the end of the film that she hands in her notice and stands up for herself (“The days are over where you could treat a servant like garbage and expect loyalty and service in return”). She also hasn’t opened the telegram informing her of her husband’s death for years, since she never wants to face it. She avoids pain and hardship, and believes in luck and happiness instead. She feels so sorry for a girl complaining that she has no dress for an important event, she lets her borrow her new Dior gown. After the girl carelessly sets it on fire and then leaves without offering to pay for it (she’s an unhealthy 7), Ada simply turns in her key. There’s no confrontation. She can, however, be bothered to stand up for people when they are fired from Dior and to organize a strike, in the interests of fairness. And she doesn’t listen to anyone telling her that her desire to buy a dress is inappropriate or foolish. She at times shows her 1 wing in beating herself up for being “silly” (losing all her money at a dog race). She’s dreamy and imaginative.

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