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black sails rewatch - XIX.

You think if you refrain from beating them, it’s any better? It isn’t the violence. It isn’t the labor or the hunger or the heat or the chains. You know what those men fear right now? It’s the unknown. Lash that comes from nowhere for reasons never explained. A visit from the taskmaster in the dead of night. But I remember that fear. Right now, I feel it returning. What we’re doing here, sitting on Spain’s gold on England’s island, demands a response. What that response will be, what form it will take, what face it will wear… by the time we do know it, there will be no time to prepare for the blow that follows.


Richard Vane and his fox portraits

“I write to let you know that your portrait arrived safely. It is a magnificent likeness and Philip is most pleased to have it. He is curious to know the significance of the composition, and indeed nobody here can guess at why you have had yourself painted with a fox on your lap. If you would care to enlighten us, we are agog to know, but in case it should be a private reference, you may rest assured that we shall not raise the subject first.”

- A Private Miscellany

“It was a large portrait, in oils, of an elderly man bearing some resemblance to his host: a big, deep-chested bulky fellow. It would have been much like every other painting of unknown rich people Justin had ever seen, except that in place of the usual spaniel or hunting hound, he had a fox at his feet, its russet coat also frosted white by age. 

Man and fox looked out of the portrait with disturbingly similar expressions of calm determination.“

-An Unnatural Vice cut scene

After the first one done soon after they got together, Richard had another portrait made, in their later years ;____________;

Telegram from Lord Peter Wimsey to Miss Harriet Vane: 

FOLLOWING RAZOR CLUE TO STAMFORD REFUSE RESEMBLE THRILLER HERO WHO HANGS ROUND HEROINE TO NEGLECT OF DUTY BUT WILL YOU MARRY ME — PETER. 

Telegram from Miss Harriet Vane to Lord Peter Wimsey: 

GOOD HUNTING CERTAINLY NOT SOME DEVELOPMENTS HERE — VANE.

–Dorothy L. Sayers, Have His Carcase, Chapter VI. “The Evidence of the First Barber,” 1932.