'i don't know sir but it is'

anonymous asked:

Hey, could you post/give some tips/links/etc. about studying shakespeare? How, where and what did you do with such graduation? Oh and perhaps tips for persons like me, which come from another country? A lot of questions :) Thank you for your help. Have a nice day.

Hello there! Thank you for your questions. Let’s see if I can help. 

How to study Shakespeare depends on what kind of person you are. It’s different for everybody so it’s difficult to provide an exact method. I don’t think my case is very interesting or useful: I started reading the plays as a child and had an interest in history and older literature all my life, but it wasn’t until I got to university that I started studying it very seriously. It’s difficult for me to give tips because it all came very naturally to me. In the end, I went the academic route at a University in England where I did a BA in English Literature and Philosophy (heavily focused on early modern and medieval literature), and went on to get an MA and PhD in Shakespeare. Since then I’ve been studying pretty constantly while teaching at a university. But this is total overkill for most people. 

My tip for students for whom English is a second language is first, to watch the plays. Watch different productions if you can. Then get a decent edition of Shakespeare and read the scenes you found most interesting. You don’t need to read and understand the whole play to start with, just concentrate on the bits you want to have a closer understanding of. A good bilingual edition of the plays might also help (these ones normally have the text in your own language on one side, and in English on the other side). Then try reading it out loud yourself, because saying it out loud often makes a lot more sense than trying to read it like a book. I run a reading group at my university and many international students have said it helps to read the plays out loud with others if that’s an option for you. This is going to be like learning a new language so it will take practice, patience and passion.

Here are a collection of potentially helpful Shakespeare tips I’ve blogged or reblogged over the years:

I hope that helps!

((OOC: DID SOMEONE SAY EAGLES?!?!?!?! Here’s Rowena Ravenclaw with her white tailed eagle that may or may not be magical and golden and slightly inspired by marahute *cough cough* I have a thing for witches with affinities for birds. Birds to do bidding, birds to be friends with, birds that nip your fingers lovingly, birds that are completely terrified of your newest sleeping death potion. Caw caw mother cluckers))

miap*pkin: I think it is unrealistic for that many LBGTQ+ people to be in the same place in a story.

Thanks for the heads-up. Once you decide how many LBGTQ+ people are realistically allowed to be in the same place at the same time, please let me know. Is it more than three? Less than six? Is the situation affected by major celestial events or the presence of Ian McKellen? If you could also let me know how many straight people can be in the same place at the same time — oh, an infinite amount? Most of them should be straight? Ideally all of them, you know, like in most books?

I’ll make a note.

Tina: Mr. Scamander it is against the law to possess creatures here in America

Newt: (singing colors of the wind) But I know every rock and tree and creature…

Tina: Sir this is not the time for-

Newt: Has a life, has a spirit, has a name *dramatically singing to his case*

Tina: SIR NOW IS NOT THE TIME

Hetalia as spongebob quotes
  • Germany: It took three days to make that potato salad! Three days!
  • Italy: I'll have you know, I stubbed my toe last week while watering my spice garden and I only cried for 20 minutes
  • Japan: Can I be excused for the rest of my life?
  • England: Goodbye everyone I'll remember you all the therapy.
  • America: oh boy 3 am! *eats hamburger*
  • France: I got it! Let's get naked!
  • Russia: Do instruments of torture count?
  • China: Don't touch me I'm sterile!
  • Prussia: Now I'm a jerk and everyone loves me!
  • Denmark: My leg!
  • Sweden: FINLAND!!!
  • Iceland: Excuse me, sir, I hope my horrible ugliness won't be a distraction to you...
  • Finland: What could be better than serving up smiles?
  • Norway: Being dead.
  • Greece: The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma...
  • Holy Roman Empire: Hey! Who put a bowl of onions here?!
Destiny 2: Mission Accomplished
  • Cabal: Sir, we've successfully taken over the home base of those guardians. The city and the Traveler are yours.
  • Ghaul: Excellent. And did you strike fear into those remaining? Do they understand the wrath of Ghaul?! Do they know it is I, Ghaul leader of the Red Legion, that brought pain and suffering to them?!
  • Cabal: Uh... yes and no
  • Ghaul: What?!
  • Cabal: Sir, I don't know how but everyone seems to be calling you... Gary?
  • Gary: WHO DARES NAME ME AS SUCH?!
  • *meanwhile*
  • Cayde: Something with a G!
  • What she says: I'm fine
  • What she means: It annoys me when Jekyll's described as the 'good one' as opposed to the 'evil one' in the Jekyll and Hyde relationship. Jekyll’s not a monster, but he’s definitely no saint. The whole POINT of the drug he made was to create an outlet for all the less savory tendencies that he wanted to experience, but can’t as a respectable man of high society. Hyde isn’t Jekyll’s literal opposite, he’s a personification of all the lusts and desires that Jekyll felt, as a gentleman, he couldn’t express, like indulging in prostitution and murder. Hyde is Jekyll’s every dark desire made flesh. Plus, I should point out that ‘good one’ Henry Jekyll keeps taking the drug, EVEN AFTER HYDE SAVAGELY TRAMPLES ALL OVER A LITTLE GIRL AND HAS TO PAY BLOOD MONEY TO HER FAMILY TO PREVENT THE LAW COMING AFTER HIM. Jekyll gets a thrill out of Hyde’s illicit activities. He essentially does it all for shits and giggles. We don't even know a QUARTER of the stuff he gets up to as Hyde. Even after he gets scared by turning into Hyde while asleep, he returns to the rush of the drug only a few months later. He knows full well he might hurt someone else - but that doesn’t matter, he can simply change back to Jekyll, no harm done to his social life! He only stops taking the drug for pleasure altogether when Hyde gets into serious trouble by murdering Sir Danvers Carew, and has to flee back to his other personality to escape repercussion. I sympathize with Henry Jekyll, he might even be a relatively decent man, but he's not the 'good' one. Never the 'good' one.
What your favorite great comet/war and peace character says about you
  • Pierre Bezukhov: awkward and nerdy emo kid from 2006. Probably had a napoleon phase (or a french rev phase at least).
  • Anatole Kuragin: Probably has a crush on Lucas Steele
  • Sonya Rostova, Marya Bolkonsky: A kind and beautiful baby
  • Nikolai Rostov: Gay and loves to complain
  • Hélène Kuragina Bezukhova: Uses terms like "slay" and "queen" a lot probably
  • Andrei Bolkonsky: Has read War and Peace and cries a lot
  • Natasha Rostova: You're lovable but also probably a complete mess
  • Fedya Dolokhov: You are a very dedicated shipper probably are most attached to the musical (over the miniseries or book)
  • Boris Drubetskoy: a) You're Anna Mikhailovna or b) crush on Aneurin Barnard
  • Vaska Denisov: You probably have a very pure heart and are a rare wonderful person however no one knows because you're too busy on your 45th reread of war and peace.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte: You're Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Sir if you just wanted to write one long Napoleon fanfiction why didn't you?
  • Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimova: You're a docile nerd who dreams of being or being around a Dragon Lady like Marya. You love her as much as you fear her.
  • Ippolit Kuragin, Balaga: You're fucking weird.
  • Anna Pavlovna: Wine mom
  • Prince Bolkonsky, Prince Vassily: I don't believe you're real I think you're just curious what this says about someone.
  • Jeremy: *crying* He thinks I'm a kid...
  • Michael: WHAT?! That's insane!
  • Jeremy: I know!
  • Michael: Saying you're a kid, it-it's like saying I'M a kid!
  • Waiter: Here's your meal, sir.
  • Michael: Yo, I'm supposed to get a toy with this!
  • (Everyone is standing around the broken coffee maker)
  • Washington: So. Who broke it? I'm not mad, I just wanna know.
  • Eliza: … I did. I broke it.
  • Washington: No. No, you didn't. John?
  • John: Don't look at me; look at Burr.
  • Burr: What?! I didn't break it!
  • John: Huh, that's weird. How'd you even know it was broken?
  • Burr: Because it's sitting right in front of us and it's broken!
  • John: Suspicious.
  • Burr: No, it's not!
  • Alex: If it matters, probably not, but Maria was the last one to use it.
  • Maria: Liar! I don't even drink that crap!
  • Alex: Oh, really? Then what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?
  • Maria: I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles. Everyone knows that, Alexander!
  • Eliza: Okay, let's not fight. I broke it. Let me pay for it, sir.
  • Washington: No! Who broke it?!
  • Burr: Sir… Angelica’s been awfully quiet.
  • Angelica: REALLY?!
  • (Everyone starts arguing)
  • (A little later)
  • Washington: I broke it. I burned my hand so I punched it. I predict 10 minutes from now they'll be at each other's throats with warpaint on their faces and a pig head on a stick. Good. It was getting a little chummy around here.
Aaron Burr, Sir
  • Lafayette, Mulligan, Laurens: Who is this kid what's he go'n do?
  • Laurens: I hope it's me
  • Lafayette: What
  • Mulligan: What
  • Laurens: *blushes*
  • Laurens: *sweats*
  • Laurens: Who said that I never said that nope listen to Alex he aint throwin away his shot I said nothing goodbye
  • Ron, to Scorpius: So, you're the boyfriend.
  • Scorpius: Yes, sir.
  • Ron: A Malfoy.
  • Scorpius: Hm... Sorry?
  • Ron: I don't like you.
  • Hermione: Ronald, be nice.
  • Scorpius: That's ok, Mrs. Weasley. I understand.
  • Ron: Great, you know the way out.
  • Rose, to Scorpius: Upstairs, first door on the left.
  • Hugo: Isn't that the way to your room?
  • Ron: ROSE WEASLEY!
the signs as quotes from "the comeback kid"
  • aries: eat ass, suck a dick, and sell drugs
  • taurus: here's an on fire garbage can... could be a nursery
  • gemini: "you have the moral backbone of a chocolate eclair," you know, how you talk to a child
  • cancer: marijuana is legal in 18 or 19 states. it's insane. don't whoo if you're white. it's always been legal for us, come on sir
  • leo: i know you told me, but i have had a very long day, i am very small, and i have no money, so you can imagine the stress im under
  • virgo: "oh we have to go!! we have to go see bill!" and without looking up at her my dad goes, "why? it's not like he's gonna remember you."
  • libra: so my dad pulled up to the drive thru window and ordered a black coffee. the one thing no kid can every enjoy
  • scorpio: anyone who's seen my dick and met my parents needs to die
  • sagittarius: bill clinton turns, looks at my mom and says, "hey ellen!" cause he never forgets a bitch ever
  • capricorn: we bought a house that was built in the 20s but it was flipped in 2014, which means it's haunted but it has a lovely kitchen backsplash
  • aquarius: we were at lion king on broadway and there was a five year old behind us going, "look it's pumbaa! look its timon!" and my dad turned around and said, "are you going to talk the entire time?"
  • pisces: some people give off a vibe of.. right away, and they're like, "do not fuck with me." my vibe is more like, "hey, you could pour soup in my lap and i'll probably apologize to you!"
  • Washington: secretary Jefferson, you have the floor sir
  • Jefferson: *freezes* uh my god, ok ham, uh *starts sweating* uhm I...I.
  • I'M IN THE TUB WITH BUBBLIES
  • I GOT MY RUBBER DUCKY
  • HE ISNT VERY FUZZY
  • I KNOW MY DUCKY LOVES ME
  • Everyone:
  • Jefferson: theSE ARe WIse wOrds ENTERpRisiN MEn QUotE Him, Don'T ACT SUPRISED YOu GuYS COs I WrOTE ThEm..
  • Jefferson: *whispering in madison's ear* i didn't know what to say i never actually read his fucking debt plan
  • <p> <b>Steve:</b> [finds a bag of drug in Peter's room] Is that what I think it is??<p/><b>Peter:</b> If you mean paprika, yes sir<p/><b>Tony:</b> Honey, paprika is red<p/><b>Peter:</b> ... If you mean green paprika, yes sir<p/><b>Steve:</b> Green paprika??<p/><b>Peter:</b> Wade I don't know what I'm looking for here<p/><b>Wade:</b> Oregano<p/><b>Peter:</b> If you mean oregano, yes sir<p/></p>

anonymous asked:

Hux has been in a loveless marriage with someone high up in the First Order since he was in his early 20s, it was purely political and arranged by his father. Hux meets his new co commander Kylo and eventually starts an affair with him

[Admiral NICOL, 03:07]: My Destroyer will be crossing paths with yours in two standard days. I’ll be coming on board to see you.

[General HUX, 03:08]: As you wish.

[Admiral NICOL, 03:08]: You will be ready for me.

[General HUX, 03:09]: Of course.

[Admiral NICOL, 03:11]: I expect your wedding band to have not left your finger since my last visit.

[General HUX, 03:12]: It has not.

[Admiral NICOL, 03:13]: Good. Have there been any major changes since my last visit?

“Who are you messaging?”

Hux is sitting back against the headboard of his grand bed, and looks up from his datapad and back down to where Kylo lies beside him, eyes blinking open slowly from his sleep.

“Nicol,” Hux answers with a sneer, reaching to brush Kylo’s hair from his eyes. “He’s coming to visit in a few days.”

Kylo groans. Underneath the covers, he slides his arm around Hux’s waist, leaning in closer to kiss Hux’s hip, pressing his open mouth against his pale skin and sucking gently.

“He can’t find out about us,” Hux says, eyes locked on the way Kylo’s lips look divine against his skin. “We’ll have to stay away from each other.”

“Can’t do that,” Kylo murmurs. “I have to be with you. You’re not his to command.”

It’s as though the golden ring around Hux’s finger tightens at Kylo’s taunting words. Hux looks down at it as Kylo shifts next to him, sitting up beside him.

“He’s my husband, Ren. I have to–”

Hux’s sentence melts away into Kylo’s mouth, consumed by his kiss, every one of his thoughts shifting away from his husband and to Kylo Ren; the one Hux wishes he was betrothed to.

“He’s not your husband, Hux,” Kylo says, shaking his head. “You see him once a year where he comes on board, has sex with you, threatens to contact your father about your lack of progress since his last visit, then leaves. A husband is supposed to kiss you good morning, bring you flowers, hug you when you’re down, hug you when you’re happy, fight anyone who brings harm to you, stay with you regardless of differences. So, forgive me for refusing to leave your side once that idiot is on board.”

Hux blinks, amazed and enamoured; feelings that have never once graced his heart in the years he’s been married to Admiral Nicol.

“Careful, Ren,” Hux says, reaching up to cup Kylo’s cheek. “You sound as though you’re plotting treason against my husband. ”

Kylo smiles, eyes locked with Hux’s, a sparkle in his dark eyes that Hux has never seen before. But he’s distracted suddenly by Kylo’s hand smoothing along his own, gliding up his fingers with the gentlest touch that Hux has ever felt. There’s a soft grip around his ring, pulling it away from him until it’s completely off and cast aside, tossed into the darkness that surrounds Hux’s bed.

Kylo says nothing, though neither does Hux. Instead, Hux picks up his data pad, finding his messaging application still open, Nicol’s question still unanswered. With a smirk on his lips, Hux begins typing.

[General HUX, 03:31]: Yes, sir. I’m afraid quite a lot has changed in your absence. But I’m sure we will discuss things upon your arrival to my ship. Let us hope that your journey is a safe one. Best wishes, dear husband, and long live the First Order.