Three days ago I watched the series ‘Killing Eve’ for the first time. I have the ability to pull stuff out of the psychic air.
Some commentators conjecture the name Villanelle was derived from the word villainess. Another commentator likened the entire Killing Eve series to the villanelle poetic form, writing that the show is about the “iteration of a recognizable pattern, its pleasures emerging in the internal twists”.
In the novel, assassin Oxana Vorontsova chose her cover name as Villanelle, after a favorite perfume of the Comtesse du Barry who was guillotined in 1793 (“I shall have to be careful, then,” said Oxana). In the television series, British intelligence agent Eve Polastri is taunted by the assassin sending her a bottle of perfume named La Villanelle.
Separately, a perfume named Villanelle had been produced in Belgium in the month preceding Killing Eve’s television debut, the perfume’s maker saying the name was inspired by Keith Douglas’ 1940 poem “Villanelle of Spring Bells”. The perfume maker noted an influx of orders from the U.S. after the show’s American debut.
In Killing Eve
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Villanelle is a brutal hired assassin who soon becomes involved in a cat-and-mouse game with MI5 intelligence operative Eve Polastri (portrayed by Sandra Oh), the two women becoming mutually obsessed and sharing what has been called a “crackling chemistry… between bitter enemies and would-be lovers”. Agent Polastri tracks the “utterly unforgivable” assassin Villanelle across Europe, not as hero and villain but as “two broken women whose flaws bind them together in a twisted pas de deux.” As the series progresses, Villanelle’s backstory is revealed: she is an orphan with a violent reputation who once developed an obsession for an older, nurturing, female French instructor — and who castrated the instructor’s husband because of her jealous infatuation with the instructor.
Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 officer, begins to track down talented psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer), while both women become obsessed with each other.
When did I start signing my posts ‘Dreamer Jon’?
Now that I have proven I can write, I will be sending out pages from this blog to publishers who will see I have been conducting Cyber-warfare with the Rus. I posted this two months before I met Belle who is my model for Starfish. I bought Belle a crane bag, that I was going to sew silver starfish on. I was going give her lessons from ‘The White Goddess’.
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