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Date Posted: 10:17:59 04/30/16 Sat
Author: Kim G
Subject: I thought the episode did a wonderful job of depicting the life of an expat wife. Having lived inmany countries as one, I cna tell you that you have to learn how to deal with staff, and you are frequently either bored out of your mind or you are very stressed about coping with your new situation. Catriona did a brilliant job of showing that.>>>>
In reply to: Shadow 's message, "Episode 203 - Useful Occupations and Deceptions" on 21:30:34 04/23/16 Sat

Often in modern expat moves, the husband IS immediately off working long hours to justify his salary. This leaves the wife to cope as best she can in a new country, with new cultural norms, and new expectations. After a couple of countries, it gets easier, but it never gets EASY. Claire has been through enough changes in her life to have developed a way of coping that she can put into place, but she still feels the same thing any wife would feel in that situation-bored. And the afternoon teas she goes to would be the earlier version of a coffee morning. (Hello. Nice to meet you. Yes, I'm new. Been here a couple of weeks. He's in wine. Hello. Nice to meet you. Yes, I'm new...) Ladies, it's tedious, and the writers did show that well.

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