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10:49:03 PM Jan 26th 2014
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  • English Rose: Sister Bernadette stands out as an archetypal example; modest, petite, Silk Hiding Steel, gentle, fair-skinned blonde, and after leaving the convent, a devoted wife and mother.

This example was removed from the trope page the write-up mentioned she was actually Welsh or Scottish, so she doesn't qualify.

I don't watch the series, so I hope it was accurate. Please add it back if there's a mistake.
11:56:04 PM Jan 26th 2014
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One, she's Scottish - or at least her actress is. But not only is Scottish still British, but her character lives in London and has done for at least a decade (we don't know anything about where she grew up, but for all we know she could have left Scotland at a very young age), and what's more, she is everything a classical English Rose is supposed to be. Seriously, she fits every single character trait — modest (she's a former nun, she's a gentle nurse-midwife, has a peaches-and-cream complexion and shining blonde hair, is tiny (5'2" and slight), and devotes herself to her family, her stepson, and her husband once they finally do, even giving up her work as a nurse because she prefers to be a stay-at-home mother.

Adding it back.
01:38:54 AM Jan 30th 2014
There was quite a heated discussion in the Trope Repair Shop because there was lots of misuse in the past. For instance, people kept adding American characters or just American actresses who fit visually... Simply, it's hard work to keep the trope clean. My understanding is that British does not equal English, and Scotish by no means equals English.

The result of the discussion in the TRS was that she must truly be English, otherwise she doesn't fit. Other nationalities can easily be listed as Proper Lady.

We discussed it over PM with troper lexii who also parcipitated in the TRS. If she's English in the source material, it should be clearly stated in the write up.
11:13:32 PM Dec 3rd 2013
Should we go ahead and unspoil the Turnadette storyline? At this point I think it's an open secret anyway, but I don't want to make the decision unilaterally.
06:06:13 PM Jun 4th 2013
What!?! PBS is making edits? Those traitorous bastards! Say it ain't so.....!

Ok, with that out of the way... someone please tell me that the eps Netflix is streaming are complete...
12:50:01 PM Apr 17th 2013
What should you call her?
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