Normally, Christian Grey displays the highest degree of exemplary behavior in situations that require the utmost decorum. But in Fifty Shades of Grey, he gets up to some shenanigans in of all places–his parents’ dining room table while surrounded by his entire family, as well as Kate…and a very shocked Ana!
While Christian usually has no difficulties showing restraint (no pun intended) in a variety of situations, when Ana is added into the mix, circumstances can quickly change! The contrast of reactions each of them displayed in a brief moment during that Sunday dinner seemed like fun to capture in an illustration. I did have to take a bit of artistic license and omit the white linen tablecloth, for obvious reasons…
You really have to feel for the poor man and forgive his bold behavior and lapse in his otherwise impeccable manners. In just the short time from departing Escala to sitting down to dinner, several revelations had come to light. First, and quite unexpectedly, Ana had decided to engage in a bit of a challenge of wills regarding her undies. So, before the evening had even begun, Christian was distracted and tantalized by the thoughts of Ana attending dinner ‘sans culottes.’ Once the two of them arrived at his parents’ home, Ana sprang another surprise on him, but not of the pleasant variety. He abruptly became aware that Ana was thinking about leaving town so she could visit her mother in Georgia. This may not sound like much to most people, but is taken by Christian to mean that she was running away from him. After all, it was still very early in their relationship, and he was still uncertain as to how Ana felt regarding their possible ‘arrangement.’ Her announcement also came out of left field for him, which made an even greater impact on him.
The jumble of emotions, confusion and frustration caused by Ana manifested itself as it often did for Christian–with an overwhelming desire to be with her. Regardless if he intended it to be for punishment or for pleasure, intimacy with Ana was always the common thread. In this case, he was feeling a combination of desire due to Ana’s state of undress, but also anger due to her trip announcement. Unable to be alone and away from the group, Christian took matters into his own hands…literally!
More often than not, Ana was always a willing participant when Christian wanted the pleasure of her company, but during dinner with the Greys was not one of those times. Already feeling self-conscious due to her competitive whim regarding her undies, Christian’s advances came as quite an unwelcome surprise as she sat at the table…with Christian’s father Carrick seated just to her left! Being as discreet as possible, Ana made it clear to Christian that his roaming hand travels were coming to an end. His first reaction was one of amusement at her panic, but as time passed, her reaction was added to his growing list of grievances that he’d use as ammunition of sorts when he later gave Ana a tour of the infamous boathouse. But while Christian administered his unique brand of punishment, she leaves the boathouse a victor…when Christian gives her undies back, and she did not even have to ask for them!
Funny how the next time Christian and Ana revisit the boathouse, he also ends up giving her something…but it’s definitely not her undies!