Re: For anyone who has played both Marian Paroo and Sarah Br
I haven't played Sarah, but have been in G&D twice as another role. I wish I had the script and could refresh my memory! I have, however, played Marian before. Hmm, I've never thought of it, but they are similar character types.
I see Sarah as a bit more modern (of course there is the time period difference, but more than that). She is in a position that might be considered "unwomanly" for the time. She marches, she speaks out in public places. I mean, it hasn't been all that many years since women got the right to vote, I can't imagine that many men would look at her and say "now there's the gal for me!". The only thing she's got as far as society is concerned is her looks. I can't remember her family situation, but why is it that she only has the grandfather figure? Are her parents dead? If so, that adds more to the "independent" streak. Either way, she's had to make a life for herself.
Marian, on the other hand, although he father is dead, still has a close family, a caring mother, etc. She is independent and unpopular in her opinions, but more of an "eccentric" than truly independent, if that makes sense. She hasn't moved out of the town she was raised in, still participates in normal family and community functions, doesn't go too much against the grain, just has some unpopular opinions about books. (and an unfortunate but untrue reputation).
Sarah is also very naive (sheltered?)for all her modern independence... never been drunk, doesn't even know what alcohol tastes like to get drunk so quickly in Havana. Sees the world as very black and white- if you do X,Y,Z "sinful" things, you are a bad, sinful person.
Marian has a lot of book learning experience, and although maybe not real world experience, she is still more jaded and cynical. Doesn't trust Harold at all, and is only nice to him after he does something nice for her brother. Has a more mature view on what type of relationship she wants "All I want is a plain man, all I want is modest man, a quiet man, a gentle man, a straightforward and honest mad to sit with me.... and I would like him to be more interested in me than he is in himself, and more interested in US, than in me..." (not shooting for the moon, not looking for Mr. Hunk, just a GOOD, solid, responsible man who cares as much about their relationship together as she does.
Sarah seems to have a little girl view on romance, a man is going to come sweep me off my feet and everything will be perfect. "I'll know by that calm steady voice, Those feet on the ground. I'll know as I run to his arms
That at last I've come home safe and sound. " Also from her descriptions it sounds like she's looking for an older, father-figure type of man, someone who will shelter he and take care of her "For I've imagined every bit of him, from his strong moral fiber to the wisdom in his head, To the home-y aroma of his pipe "
I think that's all I got so far. If I think of anything else, I'll add later.