When Opposites Do Not Attract: Veronica di Angelo Meet Lisa Atwood

When Veronica di Angelo and Lisa Atwood meet for the first time there is a clash of opposite personalities; Veronica is domineering, coldly analytical, concerned with power, and sarcastic, while Lisa is gentle,  guided by her feelings, willing to share, and sensitive to the feelings of others.  The writers and directors of Saddle Club Series 2 were astute enough to recognize the drama in the confrontation of capable actresses Heli Simpson and Lara Jean Marshall.  Therefore, much to our delight, Lisa and Veronica confront each other in several episodes. It is a tribute to the ability of Heli Simpson that Veronica can change in an instant from a domineering, commanding teenager to a clinging, whining, wheedling Daddy’s girl.   Veronica is probably given some of the best, most memorable lines, which Heli Simpson delivers with brio, a malicious, self-satisfied smile, and mocking eyes.  Lara Jean’s beautiful, questioning eyes are also not neglected by the camera, nor is the girlish smile she often can’t suppress. Together Veronica and Lisa spark off some of the most intense verbal and facial fireworks in the series.  As the series evolves, Veronica changes gradually as she begins to reveal hidden qualities such as warmth and understanding, and Lisa grows in confidence and riding ability.  At the end, the two diverse personalities of Veronica di Angelo and Lisa Atwood, reach an understanding that comes from maturity.

About Robert M. Weiss
From an early age, I've taken great pleasure in reading. Also, I learned to play my 78 player when I was quite young, and enjoyed listening to musicals and classical music. I remember sitting on the floor, and following the text and pictures of record readers, which were popular in the 1940s and 50s. My favorites were the Bozo and Disney albums. I also enjoyed watching the slow spinning of 16s as they spun out tales of adventure. I have always been attracted by rivers, and I love to sit on a boulder with my feet in the water, gazing into the mysteries of swirling currents. I especially like inner tubing on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Since my early youth, I've been interested in collecting minerals, which have taught me about the wonderful possibilities in colors and forms. Sometimes I try to imagine what the ancient Greeks must have felt when they began to discover physical laws in nature. I also remember that I had a special passion for numbers, and used to construct them out of stones. After teaching Russian for several years, I became a writer, interviewer, editor, and translator. I continue to delight in form, and am a problem solver at heart.

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