For this post, I want to focus on the character of Harry Jasper Kennedy that Richard portrayed in The Vicar of Dibley. Harry is my second favorite RA character after John Thornton. The reasons that Harry holds such a top place in my heart is because Harry is also a type of man who I would LOVE to end up with as my life partner (husband).
I love John Thornton, but he was a little bit too engrossed in his cotton mill for my liking. Of course I want a man with a great work ethic, but Thornton was way over the top. I see a lot of Thornton in Harry, but without the umbilical cords tied to work. The show never went much into Harry’s life before he moved to Dibley, so there isn’t a back story, however I did get the impression that like John Harry mostly keeps to himself. Like John, Harry loves books and reading. Harry is an accountant and John also kept his own books at the mill. In the book North & South John falls for Margaret at first sight. In The Vicar of Dibley Harry fell for Geraldine the second he laid eyes on her. Both Harry and John have character and integrity.
Harry Kennedy is a lot more relaxed and does not take life so darned seriously. Harry often takes long walks to just be in the moment and to appreciate the surroundings.
I love this scene in The Vicar of Dibley when Harry meets up with Geraldine after taking a walk. Harry is so cool, calm and collected.
After making some small talk with Geraldine he asks her to join him for dinner that evening. I really love Harry’s pleasant disposition.
At dinner that evening Harry is very attentive to Geraldine. Doesn’t Harry look delicious too?
Harry had such a great time with Geraldine that night and you can see it on his face after he takes her home. Harry is clearly smitten.
Here is Harry returning from one of his long walks in which he has decided to marry Geraldine; only she does not know it yet. Imagine a handsome man like Harry going on long walks to think of nothing but YOU.
I got such a warm feeling inside after Harry proposed and he became officially engaged to Geraldine. I see a balance in Harry’s personality. He could be serious at times, but he also knows how to relax a great deal and also when to throw in the fun and games. I am assuming that Harry was not married before. I guess his age to be late thirties, early forties, yet when he meets the woman who rocks his world, Harry does not hesitate to make a commitment. Often men at that age who have never been married are not so easy to give up that status. The longer you remain single and never married the more set in your ways you become and it is more of a challenge to start sharing your space later in life. Harry was ready and even seemed eager to get married. I found this aspect of Harry very refreshing.
Harry never doubted that he and Geraldine were doing the right thing and it was Harry who had to reassure Geraldine instead of the other way around….sigh! I am in love with Harry Kennedy all over again.
Harry Jasper Kennedy….a 21st century man after my heart.
All photos courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.