"Life is a mirror, if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting." William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), English author of Vanity Fair, seen here very much unsmiling in the painting by Sir John GilbertWilliam Makepeace Thackeray
Becky Sharp is a 1935 American historical drama film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Miriam Hopkins. The film is based on the play of the same name by Langdon Mitchell, which in turn is based on William Makepeace Thackeray's novel Vanity Fair.
Thackeray is more than half in love with his "villainess," Becky Sharpe, and you will be, too, undoubtedly. (You'll want to slap WMT at other times; but, as he is dead, I shouldn't waste too much energy here.