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Name: Millicent Blackwood (née Thomas)
Nickname: Millie but only by her sisters
Date of Birth: September 9th, 1786
Title: Mrs. Blackwood
Husband: Richard Blackwood – Born 1785.
Daughter: Mary Blackwood – Born 1804.
Son: Leonard Blackwood – Born 1806.
Father: Sir Gerard Thomas, Baronet – Born 1761.
Mother: Elizabeth Thomas (née Jameson) – Born 1766.
Brother: Gerard Thomas II – Born 1788.
Brother: Andrew Thomas – Born 1789.
Sister: Caroline Thomas – Born 1791.
Millicent’s rearing was a normal and, for the most part, an uncomplicated one; her father was supported by a number of rented tenant farms which he owned. Elizabeth, Millie’s mother, had been the daughter of a Viscount and had fallen under Gerard’s ‘spell’ which caused her to become prematurely pregnant with their first child- Millicent. Thankfully, there was a hasty wedding and not too much fuss over the entire affair. The pair lived more or less sedately for the rest of their married lives. Millicent was never allowed to forget how it all happened, however, and for this reason always felt that she might be to blame for her mother’s distaste in being wed outside aristocracy throughout life. For this reason, Millicent was groomed to wed higher than her situation, with her mother’s hopes that Milly would not suffer the same fate she had.
As it turns out, Millicent was destined to repeat her mother’s mistakes. She was seduced by a devilishly handsome and silver tongued young man named Richard. They married, eventually, as one ought to do when seduced by a man. They currently have two beautiful children, whom Millicent adores. She once fancied herself in love with Richard; at the beginning of their relationship when hormones raged and romance was in the air. But now, with seven years of marriage tucked under her arm, Millicent no longer suffers from such flights of fancy. In fact, the birth of her second child was strived for mainly in course to keep the attentions of her husband at home, rather than wandering London. The effort was futile- though she might have guessed that any plan suggested by her mother might have been- and although she loves her son, he did not bring about the solidity she had desired from her husband.
Fairly pale in complexion, Millicent has golden hair which is rather unruly in its curliness. Her eyes are a dark hazel, a gift from her father, for her brothers all inherited her mother’s far more green eyes. She stands approximately 5’2” with a petite frame which Milly seems to believe- albeit incorrectly- is far larger than it actually is. Likewise, her once straight frame is now slightly curvy (A lovely gift from motherhood), she despises this imagined figure and squeezes herself into the tightest corsets possible to hide her supposedly voluptuous figure.
Her attire is usually rather plain, though she does spoil herself with a ruffle here or there, and possibly some ribbons or bows from time to time. Her color taste tends to be on the green end, for she has a tenancy to believe that it suits her eyes. Unfortunately her vision is possibly not the best, and her outfits- when designed by herself- often end up being rather unflattering in both color and fit.
Though she would not describe herself as particular, most who know her would. Millicent is obsessive about keeping everything in perfect order. Every hair perfectly coiffed, every gown ironed to suitability, every seam stitched tightly. The Blackwood house, as a result, is run light a tightly kept navy ship. There is routine that is kept to religiously and there is nary a speck of dust to be found nor a footprint out of place. As with her daily life, Millicent tends to be a perfectionist when it comes to her relationship with her husband. She is forever trying to be the perfect wife, doing all of her duties to the utmost of her abilities. While painfully aware that her husband does not love her, as she had once thought he might, Millicent does her best to put on the airs of a doting wife, despite the fact that her heart aches with loneliness more days than not. She is forever pushing her children toward their father in an attempt to remind him of his duties at home- the trio of anchors that hold him fast and first to the Blackwood family he has grown. Of course, all of these attempts are more likely to push Richard away, but Millicent is too stubborn to see this usually and even when she does, she tries only harder still to make things ‘work’.
Though she has never been, and more than likely never will be, even remotely capable of making anything that resembles the sound of music, she tries very hard. This is much to the chagrin of anyone within earshot, for Millicent is rather unaware of the fact that her attempt to sing the most popular and complicated works sounds far more like a hungry dog howling for dinner; her children and husband are certain to have far more entertaining comparisons as well. She is insistent that her daughter learn to play the pianoforte so that she might be just as ‘talented’ as Millicent when Mary is old enough to attract any sort of attention.
Truth be told, Millicent is not the sharpest young woman. She tends to be a fair bit slower on the uptake than her peers and finds herself often laughing last at a joke which requires any putting together in one’s own head. Despite this, Millicent is never one to be cruel to others, even in defence of herself, and she tends to be quite compassionate when given the opportunity. Though she often thinks of herself first, Milly has attempted most of her life to be someone quite unlike her mother- who only ever thought of herself- so she often does her best to shrug off any selfish tenancies that might arrive.