...If not for that cricket. Most of these we'd all agree are not necessary to be a good bride, daughter, friend, wife, oder sister, but for kicks, since we never got to find out if she passed, let's see how she would have scored: Good fortune:
Well, I don't believe in luck, but she sure had a lot of it in the movie. Her plans were all crazy-sounding yet they all miraculously worked! Check. A great hairdo:
I know not everyone cares for Mulan's hair but I Liebe her matchmaker hair. Pretty and elegant but in a rather casual way, so it Suits her. Check. Striking a good match:
Well, obviously, she can't unless she passes the test. But Shang sure is a good one, but too bad for her he doesn't Zeigen up till well after the test, so I'll discount this one. Good taste:
I never got this one. Good taste in what? Clothes? Friends? In general, I suppose. When I think of tastefulness I generally think of a rather sophisticated person. Mulan has her own kind of poise, but I wouldn't call her sophisticated. But she does have great clothes (I'm a little biased- I Liebe almost all kinds of those traditional Asian dresses and adore her bride gown), so I'll give her a half-check. Calm:
Yep, she's one of the calmest Disney Princesses. Check. Obedient:
A big trait about Mulan that is very forgettable with people. She's a very obedient daughter. Check. Works fast-paced:
Mulan is a liiiittle lazy and unmotivated, but when she works, she works hard. Half-check. Good breeding:
I know some people think she literally meant getting it on, but no, breeding was another word for upbringing. They mean coming from a good background/family/etc. Mulan's family seems to be socially accepted and maybe even respected. (Then, of course, the Emperor honors her family, which would help enormously.) She may not be Melanie Wilkes, but she's very well-behaved, respectful towards everyone (especially her elders), obedient, modest, and has grace under fire. Check. A tiny waist:
Mulan does not have a tiny waist, although they sure gave her one with the scarf. But according to the matchmaker, this was too tiny a waist- not good for bearing sons! No check. Bringing honor to her family:
She always tried to bring honor to them the one way she could: Von being a loyal daughter, even if it meant marrying a stranger. (And again, then saving China...) Check.
Others- Speaking without permission:
Du Lost there, Mulan. No check. Reciting the final admonition:
Du totally cheated, Mulan, but Du passed... Von a thread! Check. Poised:
I know Mulan is clumsy, but I think she can be poised. She looks very dignified during the song as well as when she takes out her dad's sword, and even when she sits in the rain, about to make the fateful decision. She's always composed, too, almost never having any outbursts. Check. Dignified:
See above. Sometimes she can't help it due to the clumsiness (and how can a girl possibly look sophisticated with Mushu's Guter Rat on Schauspielen like a man?), but check. Refined:
She's dignified but not so refined, which is Mehr of Aurora's thing. No check. ...AND SILENT!:
She's pretty quiet, but apparently not enough for the matchmaker. No check.
So altogether, 12 points. I'm sorry to say I have no idea how the matchmaker grades these tests so I can't tell Du what this means, but I do think Mulan would have done all right, if not well. How Du treat your parents, animals, kids, and the elderly can say a lot about what kind of wife/husband material you'd make, and I think Mulan would be a great one, even regarding many of the matchmaker's lofty, unnecessary standards.
Do Du think she would have passed? Done well,, but failed? Not done very well at all?