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 Post subject: Nanetta Gottlieb
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:20 am GMT 
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Name: Nanetta Gottlieb
Aliases: Bernadette Anders (pseudonym), Nettie (nickname)
Species: Cat - Mix
Birthdate: April 29, 1901
Age: 26
Height: 5'7
Weight: How rude to ask!
Build: Nanetta was always a bit 'blessed' in the bust, though she regards it more as a curse than a blessing. Her hips aren't nearly wide enough to cut the 'perfect' hourglass silhouette, but one might say she was a bit of a top-heavy hourglass. Heavy might be the wrong word, though, as she's not at all fat. She's a solid girl with strong arms and what her mother used to call 'good German shoulders'.
Origin: Bamburg, Germany
Languages: Fluent German, accented French, and heavily accented, somewhat-fluent English.
Occupation: Brothel worker, as much as it pains her to admit.
Ethnicity: German through-and-through.

Eyes: Dull blue-grey
Hair: A light, mousy-brown color, Nanetta's hair is naturally straight, and falls to about an inch past her shoulders, with short bangs. She usually wears it either down, or pulled back into a bun near the nape of her neck.
Scars: Any scars Nanetta has are well concealed; there's one behind her left ear, about the length of her thumb, from where a client once hit her in the head with a bottle, and a small scar over her right eyebrow, the length of her index finger nail, from a similar accident.
Fur/Markings: Her fur is long and silky, as she takes good care of it, and a pale cream color. She has white patches over both ears, a white underbelly, and three white paws. Her only non-white paw, her right foot, is a slightly darker shade of cream than the rest of her body.
Attire: Nanetta has a several articles of clothing, though there are very few things she actually likes to wear. When not working, she tends to favor her more modest navy blue dress, with the neck-high neckline and the long skirt. She prefers sensible shoes to glamorous ones, and prefers not to wear any jewelry. She has two or three negligees to wear while 'working', one gold, one red and one black, though she hates them all.
Accessories: An array of stockings and cheap imitation jewelry to wear while working, and nearly nothing to wear when out and about. Nanetta isn't one for adornments in her day-to-day life. She has a black and blue checkered umbrella she's fond of, though, and her little white purse with the silver clasp. She never goes out without it.
WOC: She can wield her umbrella with skill, and is no stranger to using whatever is handy to defend herself. She's quite apt these days with a broken bottle, and has used the tableside lamp as a weapon on more than one occasion.
Appearance: Thankfully, Nanetta didn't inherit her family's square, strong-set German jawline, instead wearing a rounder, softer face. Her large eyes are an almond shape with a bit of a droop to the outside corners, and her cheekbones don't sit too high, or too low. Her lips are a bit thinner than she'd like them to be, but not too thin, and her ears are wide and sit low on her head. She's got long whiskers and long legs, and cuts a pretty picture, over all. She tries to keep her head held high as she walks, though sometimes succumbs to her self-consciousness and slumps. Her eyes constantly shift, giving her a bit of a nervous air. It doesn't help that her tail tends to be a bit twitchy, as well.
Personality: Nanetta is naturally soft-spoken. Raised by a domineering father and subservient mother, she often found herself lorded over by her father and two older brothers. She takes direction without questioning it, though grows frustrated easily, and can become despairing as a result. She tries to keep a good attitude, though, and constantly wants to please others, or rather, just doesn't want to disappoint them. Shy and quiet, she would rather stay in and have a cup of coffee over the newspaper than go out.
Nanetta doesn't know how to take any form of criticism, and will always take it to heart, and shy away from anyone offering advice. She takes things literally and too seriously, and as a result, hardly has any sense of humor and doesn't take any form of friendly teasing well, taking it to be insults. She's non-confrontational, and would rather back off of any situation where she felts antagonized, rather than stand up for herself. She finds herself a bit nervous around others, and is easily offended or brought to tears. But even so, she doesn't like to be lonely, though she often finds herself in that position. The nature of her work is in itself damaging to a woman's self-esteem, and Nanetta is often left wondering if friendship, or god forbid, love is even on the table for her.
Special skills: Cross-stitching and embroidery, tea-brewing, and any sort of farm work.
Weaknesses: Criticism, teasing, constant sense of loneliness.
Fears: Men, cars, disappointing others, speaking too loudly and therefore drawing attention to herself, failing to make enough money to keep her family afloat back home.
Likes: Honey, various teas, fresh eggs, music played quietly, thunderstorms.
Dislikes: Strangers, her job, her father, her accent, shoes that pinch her toes.
Religion: Her family is Protestant Christian, but recently, Nanetta has been feeling that no God, no matter how forgiving, would want her to step foot in his church.

History: Born the third and last child of Hilde and Fredrick Gottlieb, Nanetta grew up on her family's small dairy farm in Bamburg, Germany. Having worked hard under her no-nonsense father from a very young age, Nanetta wasn't the girly type. She grew up contended, though, finding a quiet simplicity to her life, and even grew to enjoy the work. Even with the critical eye of her father and brothers constantly watching her, she counted herself happy.
World War I changed that. When Nanetta was 13, her two older brothers went to war, leaving her and her mother to pick up their slack. Things did not get better once the war was over; Germany had lost, and not only had Nanetta lost her brothers to combat, but rapid inflation caused her family to spiral into poverty, eventually having to sell off the property and the remaining few cows that had not yet starved to death. With nowhere left to go, and rising tension and instability in Germany, her family fled the country.
Fredrick's family in Switzerland was willing to take them in, but at the suggestion of her aunt, Nanetta was sent to America, to try and earn money to send back home to her family. Only just 18 at the time, she was handed a one way steamboat ticket to New York, and with a tearful goodbye from her mother, and a stern threat of disownment should she not make money from her father, she was sent away.
New York was hell for her. Loud, hostile, confusing, and filthy, Nanetta attempted to find work in a world that not only didn't speak her language, but was highly hostile towards Germans. It wasn't easy, though she did find work on an assembly line. The hours were grueling, the pay was paltry, and the conditions were horrendous. She found herself a place to live, though it was hardly better than living on the street. And at the end of the day, after rent and facilities were paid, she hadn't a single penny left to send back home, let alone keep food in her mouth. After six months of this desperate lifestyle, Nanetta was beginning to think her life would never turn around.
At that point in her life, she stumbled upon a woman whom Nanetta thought was her saving grace. Her name was Madam Hardavvy, and she claimed she was French, though Nanette knew what a French accent was, and Ms. Hardavvy did not have one. She'd been standing outside the warehouse Nanetta worked in, talking to a small group of girls who also worked there. She'd caught Nanetta's eye, and waved her over. She was explaining to the group of equally desperate girls the lifestyle her employees lived, and to Nanetta's poor, malnourished ears, it sounded like heaven. Short hours, excellent pay, and a boarding house for the employees to live and work in. And the work Ms. Hardavvy was offering was easy; her employees were socialites. They dressed fancy, and entertained guests and held parties for the rich and famous. This all sounded too good to be true to poor Nanetta, and when offered, she immediately signed a contract.
It was too bad she hadn't been able to read said contract. She was immediately indebted 1000 dollars to Madam Hardavvy, for a year's worth of rent, food, clothes and amenities, of which she received very little. And the work was not as she'd expected. Nanetta had never even been on a date when she was indebted to a Brothel Madame, and found herself unwillingly and unwittingly thrust into a life of contracted prostitution. It was a dark year for Nanetta, and didn't get any brighter.
After her contract was up and she had repaid her debt, Nanetta found honest work impossible to come by in New York city anymore. After all, who wanted to hire an ex-prostitute? Extremely upset and discouraged and on the brink of mental-breakdown, she considered retreating back to Madam Hardavvy, when she was offered, by an ex-client, the rare opportunity to travel to St. Louis. It would be a fresh start, she hoped, a clean slate where no one knew her name. She accepted.
But St. Louis proved to be no better on the job front, and was now faced with the increasingly violent warfront of Prohibition. Desperate to find a job, she began to investigate the illegal business of bootlegging, hoping to at least find a job waitressing or bartending at a speakeasy somewhere. But in that dark underbelly of St. Louis, she once again encountered brothel-work. She desperately didn't want to fall back into that, but at this point, it was really the only skill she had. She hardly knew any English, the general public was still hostile towards anyone of German heritage, shopkeepers were turning her away for her accent, and her family was growing ever more desperate for money. Feeling pressure on all sides, she very reluctantly sank herself back into prostitution. Taking on a fake name this time, Bernadette Anders, and trying her hardest to stifle her German accent and master the language, she one day hopes to come by honest work, and longs to escape the metaphorical prison of prostitution.
Orientation: Straight
Love Interest: None


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Mit Musik geht alles besser!
 Post subject: Re: Nanetta Gottlieb
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:37 am GMT 
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Oh, wie schön! I'm sure she wouldn't have much trouble finding an English tutor, you know... perhaps someone who knows German, ja?

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 Post subject: Re: Nanetta Gottlieb
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:04 am GMT 
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Oh, I'm sure she'd appreciate it! Verdammt Englisch, it's just so difficult!


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 Post subject: Re: Nanetta Gottlieb
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:50 am GMT 
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Wow, two characters already? That was fast. Anyways, good job on both of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Nanetta Gottlieb
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:09 am GMT 
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Dang, your characters are awesome! I'm a regrettably slow poster, but lemme know if you think you'd want to RP sometime.

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 Post subject: Re: Nanetta Gottlieb
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 12:18 pm GMT 
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Thank you! :-) And yes, I'd love to RP some time!


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