After Yune is finally cured from her cold, Alice invites he and Claude to a tea party. While Yune and Alice tell each other’s fairy tales, Claude reminisces a few moments from their childhood when he was with Camille.
For a while now, it’s apparent that Camille doesn’t like her bourgeois life since it prevented her from being with Claude. While some of the things she said suggests this like the birdcage reference in Episode 6, she wants to unbound herself from the responsibilities from her parents. This is shown though the various flashbacks when she preferred the stray cats Claude brought to the white pet cat she owned. Unfortunately, her expectations of being the older sister forces her to carry on the family legacy and marry a man for wealth even though she doesn’t have any romantic feelings for him. Still, her younger sister, Alice got treated differently since she is not bounded by the same expectations.
In comparison to Camille, Alice rejected conformity and was rebellious. As shown with her childhood, she was disobedient and has a strong interest in the Japanese culture. She felt that their culture was more exciting than her own even though she doesn’t know much about their customs and traditions. Besides tying chairs in order to paint a dragon on the ceiling in the playroom, her fairytale was particularly interesting since it became a reality after meeting Yune. Although she is not as calm as her older sister, both of these girls have a lot of personal freedoms as metaphorically described through the dragon in her fairytale. Even so, Camille was faintly jealous of Yune because of this reason.
Towards the end of the episode, Camille became jealous of the amount of freedom Yune had. Yune practically sacrificed everything so she could be with Claude, which Camille desired. For this reason, I felt very sympathetic to her since the family she was born into prevents her from achieving her childhood dream. Even if she is willing to give up life as a bourgeois, there is still no real way to do it. In the end, she gets over it rather quickly after Yune picked Alice’s old dress. She compliments her choice and gives this dress as a memento. Also, she encourages her to continue telling stories of the East for her younger sister, so she will feel comfortable.
Yune’s and Claude’s visit to the Blanche’s brought many interesting details of Alice and in particular, Camille. Although there is a lot we don’t know about the relationship between Camille and Claude, it is apparent now that she is not satisfied with the life she is currently living. In addition, the interactions with Yune and Alice when they shared their fairytales were very pleasing. Hopefully with the next episode, will reveal more about their childhood romance and reconcile it. ¶