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Marie-Henri Beyle (23 January 1783 – 23 March 1842), better known by his pen name Stendhal

19th-century French writer. Best known for the novels Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black, 1830) and La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma, 1839), he is highly regarded for the acute analysis of his characters’ psychology and considered one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of realism. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Facsimile title pages of Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black from Bibliographie Stendhalienne par Henri Cordier avec les fac-similés des titres des éditions originales. Paris: Librairie Ancienne Honoré Champion, 1914.

none of yall probably care but i just wrote a fuckin killer essay that im really proud of and in case anyone wants to read it im gonna share it here because im really happy with it. it is an analysis of the representation of illness and women in Nana by Emilie Zola (19th century french novel about a prostitute with a smelly vagina. u think im kidding but im literally not) and in case anyone is interested in the kind of shit u do as an english literature major, this is it! woo

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A public announcement from October 1818 [my photo/collection]. Roughly translated:

The intention of His Majesty is that October 16th, the sad anniversary of a fateful day, is celebrated with an atoning service. Rather than a funeral service, as in previous years, the last will of Her Majesty Marie Antoinette will be read in buildings devoted to worship.

I invite you, Monsieur Mayor, to take on the spot the necessary measures to ensure that, in this coming Friday, public grief is shown in your town through the cessation of entertainments.

Receive, Sir, the assurance of my highest consideration.

State Councilor, préfet du Gard, D'argout.

Disney villains listed by how compelling I find them as people

-butler in aristocats. He literally has worked for this woman for his whole life and she leaves him like nothing . Granted he is a little stupid for trying to get rid of the cats while she’s alive but like? The cats would have been fine in rural France. They would grow up fat and tough. He wasn’t overly cruel just totally reasonable. He deserves some cash. He’s relatable, I love him, also he is a bachelor at his age and we know what That means in late nineteenth century Anglo/French society

-Captain Hook: I like his look and there’s a really awesome YA book about him as a young bastard son of a lord at eton who helps lead a mutiny on a slave ship and also keeps spiders to sew his coats. Disney movie has him pretty menacing to children –he does try to bomb orphans so there’s that– but he is also ridiculous and pathetic and fails to do any of them real harm and also the children are racist imperialists and don’t behave like children but rather conquerors . Hook is a weird counter to them , and Peter Pan is weird as a kind of parallel lord of the flies where British children civilize the wilderness in place of British adults , but as a subversive criminal threat to imperialism hook is a pretty strong example of deviant villainy also he’s like a dandy and sort of gay

-Ursula : she’s a witch and she does her witch thing and turns people into seaweed and goes after dudes bc she can and she’s based on divine so like why not love her ? She also threatens royalty . The power of the sea is behind her. No human town could survive ! The imagery of the little mermaid is one of the most powerful ever . It rocks and Ursula rocks. When I was four I was obsessed w Ursula and wrote fan fiction about her in my head and told my friends

- cruella. She’s a coded lesbian . She’s a decadent middle aged vamp. She’s into Anita. She kills puppies but Anita and Roger are probably not vegan so they’re killing some other thing , also the puppies are a metaphor for happy heterosexual mid century tranquility so she’s definitely a gay predator stereotype so like I love that

-gaston: misogynist so , I wouldn’t hang out with him, but that can be said of the beast too. Gaston is a little stupid and narcissistic but opposes the monarchy and will rally the people to destroy the wealth of the first estate and has valid criticisms of the beast’s villainy, in terms of the aristocracy literally killing the children of the poor through starvation

-scar: he’s played by Jeremy irons and technically royalty but jilted royalty and he has that kinda Richard III thing going which I love

-silver from treasure planet: not even a real villain, this is awful but I love the gay paternal dynamic he has w jim . Anyway he’s also a pirate and ultimately gives up conquest in favor of friendship (gay) which is great

-hades : Hercules was a terrible movie with good music and hades sort of knows that and he’s gay

-all the other ones I can think of are racists or royalty or abusive parents and get more one dimensional the further u go so I’m not too sure I like them too much

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I’ve finally typed up my thoughts on Seven Surrenders. A necessary caveat: I really did enjoy the book; in fact, I couldn’t put it down. The notes I’ve made are mostly negative because the parts work don’t jump out at me nearly as much as the parts that don’t. At some point I get into my General Theory Of Weaknesses In SFF That Wants To Be Political Philosophy (a genre which, to be clear, I love completely and without irony). Spoilers follow.

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