[quote="bluerose, post:9, topic:223916"]
I thought the Baroness made the comment that she should wear the dress she wore the other night when the Baron couldn't take his eyes off her AFTER Maria had been asked to join the party, when she was in her room, changing, and Maria left IMMEDIATELY after that, without seeing the Captain again? :confused:
In the book, the Baroness was referred to as "Princess Yvonne" and she first shocked Maria by telling her that Captain Von Trapp was in love with her, then outraged Maria by stating that she wanted Maria to have a party for the children at home during their wedding--she didn't want "a commotion" at her wedding--and that she planned to send the children off to school as soon as they returned from their honeymoon: "Did you think I was marrying the children?" she asks.
In the book, Maria never really wanted to marry the Captain... in fact, she was devastated when she went to her superior and they told her that it was God's will that she marry the Captain!
I believe you have the sequence of events correct. The mentioning of the blue dress is how the Baroness manipulates Maria to leave the family and return to the convent. Maria first wears the dress when they are putting on the marionette show and the Baroness first starts to realize the Captain is in love with Maria. The thing to remember is that Maria only had one party dress, and it was blue, but the rest of her clothes were more modest and plain looking. She didn't have any other option, the Baroness just pushed the right buttons.
I love the movie, its my all time favorite.