Mr. Grinspoon’s Girls — The Stars
So far, I’ve mentioned a lot of characters. Who are the titular “girls” of Grinspoon?
Well, that depends on how you define them. There are young women in the series who’ve never met either Nicholas Grinspoon or his son, Alan, but whose lives are nevertheless affected by them. Characters like Beatrix Cluff, Elyyn Small, and Vessa Marchand. They’re all Grinspoon girls, in one way or another.
But the main three are Nicholas’s penultimate clockwork creations—variously toys, experiments, children, and devils to him. Anastasia, Martha, and Dinah.
The first, eldest, and wisest Grinspoon girl, Annie is Nicholas’s “peacemaker.” She comes across as cool, collected, almost angelically serene—the perfect machine. Beneath her porcelain skin, however, anxiety and fear war for supremacy. The fact that she’s able to harness both for greatness is a testament to her strength. Her quest is for the safety of a human man, the love of her life—far from the damsel in the tower, Annie is the true white knight of the series.
The middle Grinspoon girl, hot-headed and angry, Martha ticks with hatred for humanity from the moment she’s activated. Her grafted soul comes with more baggage than most. Fully aware that she is an object, fully aware of the status of her fellow ensouled automatons, Martha thirsts for freedom and respect—and after things go sour, she isn’t afraid to demand both with the edge of a blade. Martha’s quest is one of assassination. Put plainly, she wants to see humanity burn.
The baby, the waif, the broken and abandoned doll—all Dinah wants is to be loved. Strangely, she awakens and views her creator not as a god, not as a father, but as a man—a lover. His continual rejections break her spirit, leaving her pathetic and desperate…and yet, she remains loyal until the very end. Her quest is for meaning and self-actualization…and her importance is unparalleled.
Above images created by Stella Price–who is awesome!