Mono - “Ingénue”

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“Ingénue” from the group Mono, sung by Siobhan de Maré. Note the word Ingénue.

Ingénue. It's: endearing, wholesome, candid, naïve. NOT: cunning, vamp, feminism, lgbtqwxyz.

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The ingénue (/ˈænʒənuː/) is a stock character in literature, film, and a role type in the theatre; generally a girl or a young woman who is endearingly innocent and wholesome. Ingenue may also refer to a new young actress or one typecast in such roles. The term comes from the French adjective ingénu meaning “ingenuous” or innocent, virtuous, and candid. The term may also imply a lack of sophistication and cunning.

Typically, the ingenue is beautiful, gentle, sweet, virginal, and often naïve, in mental or emotional danger, or even physical danger, usually a target of The Cad; whom she may have mistaken for The Hero. Due to lack of independence, the ingenue usually lives with her father or a father figure (although in some rare cases she lives with a mother figure). The vamp (femme fatale) is often a foil for the ingenue (or the damsel in distress).

Ingenue (stock character),

The stranger sang a theme
From someone else's dream
The leaves began to fall
And no one spoke at all
But I can't seem to recall
When you came along
Ingénue

Ingénue
I just don't know what to do

The tree-lined avenue
Begins to fade from view
Drowning past regrets
In tea and cigarettes
But I can't seem to forget
When you came along
Ingénue

Ingénue
I just don't know what to do

Ingénue
I just don't know what to do

Ingénue
I just don't know what to do

Ingénue
I just don't know what to do

Ingénue
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