gardengal wrote:I didn't like it when they made him move to the hotel, it was very out of character. His main appeal was the hint of wildness about him, coupled with his earnestness and intelligence. Dressing him up in a monkey suit and having him pour coffee was just wrong. I never understood where all of his money went either, he worked all that time yet it never seemed to get him anywhere.
Nest egg, I'm thinking.
Think about it like this: Gus's main goal was to, ultimately, marry Felicity. I'm sure he would've wanted to set money aside so he'd have something to his name besides a love for sea-faring (sp?) life and adventure. I think that was a contributing factor in taking a job at the hotel, along with wanting to become more respectable to her.
And Felicity was just horrid. I didn't like her as a child, but I really began to dislike her for the way she behaved in Perfect Beau. I never truly believed that she loved him. If she did,I honestly don't think that she could have walked away from him and further toyed with him when he declared his love after fighting Arthur. It was like throughout the show she had to see him utterly broken before she would accept him. She is a lot like Hetty in having to rule the roost, maybe she simply could not stand to have a man that was truly her equal (or better) in fire and spirit. Even in her sickbed proposal she mocks his "horrid pipe." Poor Gus, I fear that he had a lifetime of buckling down and minding his manners with her as a wife. Somehow I cannot picture Felicity ever cutting loose and being giddy and human (as Alec and Janet sometimes do, a la their cakewalk scene in enter Prince Charming, etc), any more than Hetty could. Sara could have, but not Felicity. I don't actually think that she and Gus made a very good couple. He and Sara were much better suited.
I agree that Felicity was, very much, like Hetty, not to mention young Felicity was more than a bit of a snob. However, I disagree that Gus was better suited to Sara.
Actually, I think it would've been even harder to win Sara than it was for him to win Felicity.
For one thing, even though Hetty cared for Gus a lot, she's still a control freak and a micromanager. She'd have a massive say-so in whom Sara chose to marry, IMO. So would Sara's Nanny Louisa, who can be just as controlling, and I seriously doubt she would approve of Sara marrying someone well below her station. Remember the era in which they lived. In reality, very few women married for love at the time; they generally married someone of an equal or higher status, someone with a respectable position in their community. (This is why LMM never married the person most scholars believe was her one true love, Herman Laird. As a farmer, he wasn't considered respectable enough.) Nanny Louisa would insist on Sara marrying someone who could manage her money well, preferably someone equally well-off. No way in that town in Michigan would she approve of Sara marrying a poor lighthouse keeper/hotel busboy. She freaked out over seeing Sara with Arthur (even though they weren't doing anything inappropriate), ffs!
Meanwhile, while Gus could take care of her heart, I don't know if he could handle her finances. (I have the same issue with Booth.) Plus, if you think he's out of place working in a posh hotel? IMO, place him in proper high society and he really would be a fish out of water, even if Sara helped him to adjust. It also seems to me he didn't really care for it that much anyway, after dealing with those sorts of guests at the hotel.
Plus, I think it would ruin his and Sara's friendship.
I think the "horrid pipe" comment was tongue-in-cheek more than anything else. I don't think Felicity meant any harm by it, not to mention she probably didn't think he could hear her.
The show keeps referring to Gus' intelligence, but they never gave him a place to show it or profit from it as he aged into an adult.
This I agree with.