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Union Pacific 119 Locomotive by Brandon
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Steam Days at Promotory Point, UT

Elle avait mis dans le son de sa voix des récompenses inespérées ; elle avait, par la tendresse de l’accent, résolu les difficultés de cette situation ; sa proposition était plus qu’un éloge, c’était la première faveur de l’amour.
—  Honoré de Balzac, Illusions perdues
(Première partie Les deux poètes)

Steven Hyde: Organic Character Development

A discussion with a fellow T7S fan about the characters’ unsubstantiated character shifts in season 8 inspired me to write an essay about a T7S characterization shift done well.

If a fictional character’s behavior changes, we have to be shown why the behavior is shifting; otherwise, it’s just amateurish writing that needs a severe edit.

For most of S1, Hyde is pretty damn selfish and not terribly likable. But during “Prom Night,” we see new sides of him: compassion, protectiveness, and a self-sacrificing nature. These, as yet unseen, aspects don’t come out of nowhere. Hyde’s dislike of Jackie is never shown to be malicious (I’m looking at you, season-8 showrunners), but he’s depicted consistently as experiencing her as an annoyance.

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Día 119 sin ti: te empecé a extrañar, y como ya es costumbre, te mandé un mensaje. Que gran decepción me llevé al darme cuenta que ya no tenemos nada de que hablar, que las cosas que antes nos gustaban, ya no nos agradan. Nunca pensé llegar a este punto, donde ya no supiera que contarte. Pero te quiero, ¡joder! te juro que te quiero, y me duele hasta el alma haber llegado hasta este punto donde ya no hay nada que decir.

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