Character name meanings & languages of origin - The Great Comet
Observations: Most of the names are Greek, by either French or Russian variation, which likely comes from the fact that Russia adopted the Greek church. Natasha “not like other girls” Rostova is the only one with a name of Latin origin while Mary and Marya both have variants of Miriam, a Hebrew name. Some of the characters in War and Peace have names of more Slavic origin, but many of them are not aristocrats. Balaga is probably one of them but the meaning of the name continues to elude the internet.
Fast and Furious 8 - or The Fate of the Furious - was so much better than 6 & 7 were. True, without Brian, I wasn’t all that interested in the Toretto part of the movie - for me, the most interesting part about Dom was his relationship with Brian *shrugs* - but Hobbs and Shaw? The Shaw family? Mr Nobody and Little Nobody? FANTASTIC!
Can we now get a film about the Shaw family? Because Helen Mirren, Jason Statham and Luke Evans kicking major butt would be just… perfect! Deckard reminding Owen about his “issue” with planes! Mama Owen playing Deckard like a fine tuned fiddle! That was so cool!
Or at least a Hobbs and Deckard film? Because the ending of this movie was the perfect set-up!
And Mr Nobody and Little Nobody. My headcanon? Little is not just Nobody’s right hand, he’s actually his son or someone he thinks of as his son. It would fit the family theme of this franchise perfectly! And it would make their characters so much more 3D!
*sigh* Seriously, though. The Kuragins aren’t broke. The
Rostovs are broke, and Tolstoy makes
a big show out of how that plays out. The Kuragins are not as rich as Count
Bezukohov or the Bolkonskys, but they’re not
broke. Nothing implies this. In fact, on the contrary:
They have multiple estates (we know, because Vasili goes
to inspect them in November, IIRC, of 1805). The Rostovs have at least one
estate, but we’re told that it has been mortgaged and re-mortgaged and they’re
forced to sell it off later on. We are given no such indications of financial
troubles for the Kuragins.
They live in Petersburg (and are part of Petersburg high
society). General knowledge about Imperial Russia tells us that living in
Petersburg was notably more expensive than living in, say, Moscow. (By the way,
who are the families who live primarily in Moscow? Right. The Rostovs and
Dolokhovs, who are the ones with actual
financial problems. Also, the Rostovs have some ties to Petersburg and aren’t
completely ostracized there of course, but
it’s clear that they’re a little awkward there, outsiders. That kind of
cream-of-the-crop high society is not their normal social circle.)
Anatole receives a very large allowance. Compare: Anatole
spends about 20k rubles a year + about another 20k in debt which his father
pays off for him. Nikolai’s allowance for 4-5 months (late December to May) is
about 2k so, approximately 6k a year. (This, btw, is before the card game. And
in that card game Nikolai loses a little more than Anatole’s annual expenditures
(43k), and this is treated like a practically insurmountable amount by both Nikolai and his father.)
To that last point: does Vasili Kuragin complain a bit about Anatole’s
spending? Yea. But, look, Anatole spends about twice as much as he’s actually
supposed to. It’s obviously annoying. But does Vasili Kuragin actually strike
anyone as the sort of person who would allow his son’s frivolous activities to
bankrupt the family? Come on, of course not. And he holds the purse strings,
btw. Yet, he never cuts Anatole off. He only tells him in about 1810 that he
will no longer pay his debt because he’s
trying to get Anatole to marry already. It’s not a necessity measure, it’s blackmail.There is no indication that the strain Anatole’s activities puts on the family’s finances is actually significant.
So then why does Helene have to marry Pierre? Why is
Vasili Kuragin constantly trying to sell off his children to the highest
bidder? Because he’s a social climber
like woah. Vasili is trying to level up. Look who he’s aiming for:
Bezukhov, Bolkosky, Julie Karagin (who, btw, is an heiress. Unlike Marya, she’s not getting just a dowry, she’s
getting all of it.) Vasili wants more
money and power, sure. Because that’s what social climbers want and social
climbing doesn’t just stop when you get to “rich.” It’s a constant bid for more
than you currently have.
Also, marrying Helene to a rich husband would always be
helpful. Vasili milks that marriage for all its worth. But it’s not a
family-saving move the way marrying Anatole would be. (And notice how very not-persistent
Vasili seems to be about this. He has a lot
of time between 1805 and 1808 or so – when Anatole’s Polish thing happens –
to wrangle Anatole into a marriage to an heiress and the results are zero. And his initial attempt is Marya and all Vasili can get out of that marriage is a large dowry. Which is nice, but in a need-money scenario, he’s be looking at heiresses.) I
mean…the husband owns all the money anyway. Also notice how the Rostovs put at
least some pressure on Nikolai to
marry well, whereas neither Vera nor Natasha are pressured in quite the same
way. (Denisov is rejected not because of money but because Natasha is only 15
when he proposes. No one even thinks to oppose Vera’s marriage to Berg who is
beneath her in both social and economic status.) Helene’s marriage is advantageous, especially since Pierre is the sort of person you can milk for cash. But if Vasili was trying to save the family from ruin via marriages, his first priority would be marrying HIppolyte or Anatole to an heiress which he…aims for, but doesn’t pursue quite as doggedly as one might expect, especially from someone like him.
Helene had to marry Pierre because her father has Ambitions, not because Anatole spends too much money. Come on.
It seems to me that the years between eighteen and twenty-eight are the hardest, psychologically. It’s then you realize this is make or break, you no longer have the excuse of youth, and it is time to become an adult – but you are not ready.
The years between eighteen and twenty-eight are the hardest, psychologically. It’s then you realize this is make or break, you no longer have the excuse of youth, and it is time to become an adult – but you are not ready