inheritance collection

anonymous asked:

I just wanted to tell you that I love the Latin Murdoc headcanon with all my soul, so... if I may, could I please ask for more of your headcanons related to this? Thanks!

(yes yes yes yes!) 

  • Murdoc is absolutely lousy in a kitchen but if you ask him to cook something traditionally Mexican, he will blow your mind and you should definitely try his enchiladas.
  • Murdoc is annoyed about the fact that they’ve only played in Mexico once, so annoyed that he actually punched a manager in the face when they argued about going to Mexico on their tours.
  • Murdoc often have long discussions about cultural appropriation (if he sees one more silly costume with a poncho, a large mustache and a sombrero, he will spontaneously burst into flames) with Noodle and Russel. 2D feels a little left out.
  • Murdoc hates that he automatically sings along to Despacito, Justin Bieber? That talentless little shitty brat.”
  • When Murdoc’s father passed away, he inherited a collection of traditional ponchos which he keeps in the back of his closet. He rarely takes them out because they only just remind him of his father, and that does not create much happiness.  
  • Murdoc is not ashamed to use his Spanish to score a one night stand, especially saying pet names e.g. Mi corazón, mi alma, mi hermos(o/a) or mi amad(o/a).
  • One time, Murdoc disappeared for weeks without his phone to go to Mexico and relax his mind. He left the band extremely worried and there was a reason to be so, the man nearly fell into a coma from drinking so much tequila.
  • When they aren’t super busy, Murdoc likes to celebrate his traditional holidays like el día de los muertos. He enjoys painting the band in beautiful skeleton face paint.
Bonus episode - an excerpt from the next Night Vale novel!

Not everyone believes in mountains. Yet, there they are, in plain sight. Scientists insist, rather halfheartedly, that mountains are the bulging results of tectonic shifts along massive rocky plates. Mountains develop naturally over the course of many millennia, scientists say under their breaths.

Most people believe that mountains aren’t there at all, even if mountains are visible, as they often are. Nonbelievers will explain that our minds create sensory illusions to help explain what we cannot understand. Like the shapes of gods and monsters in the stars, or messages in tea leaves, or government codes in cloud patterns.

Mountains, real or not, ring this desert like the rim of an empty dinner plate. Scattered sparsely along the flat middle are small towns with names like Red Mesa, Pine Cliff, and right in the center, Night Vale.

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My chest hurts, this was so beautiful.

A wealthy man is lying on his death bed, his lawyer at his side as he finalizes the man’s will. He looks it over one last time and asks the man, ‘Are you sure you want to keep this part about requiring your eldest son to marry before he can collect his inheritance?’ The man nods. 'But sir, why? That will make things so complicated.’

The man grips the lawyer’s shirt and shakes him, and with his dying breath he exclaims, 'For the fake married trope!’

my rosamund for echoes is done 💕originally she was gonna be a cleric but i got the special edition artbook and i like the saint design more,,,, orz
here’s some info!

age: 27
starting class: saint
favorite provisions: sweet cookie, mille crepe, spicy chicken
held item: blessed ring
learned magic: nosferatu, recover, physic, seraphim
supports with: celica, boey, genny, jesse, valbar, deen

rosamund is a zofian noble from a family of well-trained knights. she lived a generally honeyed life as a child, deciding her skills were best utilized as a lady of faith. once the zofian-rigelian conflict sprang up, however, she quickly learned how horribly the middle and lower class zofians were faring, against rigels armies, and pirate raids. with a cautious warning from her parents, she collected her inheritance from them and staked a claim of land for herself, building an orphanage from the ground up. children from nearby villages who could not be adequately taken care of were sent to rosamund, in the hopes they could wait out the war in the secluded building.
of course… grieth the pirate king came to learn about her benevolence (and also her phat stacks of gold), and decided to pay her a visit. yknow, to plunder all the gold.
fortunately a few grateful villages caught wind of the plan, and were able to warn rosamund before grieth arrived. though the children were evacuated safely, rosamund was captured, along with her gold, and the orphanage was burnt to the ground.
grieth took her as a trophy, and locked her away for a good 3 years, until he was brought to an end by celicas band. when they free rosamund from her cell, they tell her of all the children who still live. overwhelmed with thankfulness, rosamund decides to join celicas army.

rosamund is a doting woman, seeming to baby everyone in the army, with the best of intentions. some recruits find this annoying, but she is generally a welcome presence when the tolls of war hang over their heads. she has a particular soft spot for celica, unknowingly acting like a clucking mother hen around her.

she loves sweets, and spent a lot of time baking for the children of the orphanage. she’s not used to war, traveling for days, or battle, but she’s not one to complain either. she’ll do anything to further halt any bandit or pirate activity in zofia.

pale-silver-comb  asked:

Okay, sweet angel writer that you are! If you are ever feeling in the mood for a little Sterek and librarian kink....*insert eyebrow waggle here*. Derek having a massive librarian kink and ENTER LIBRARIAN STILES. Maybe librarian!Stiles, who finds it adorable when the guy with the cute bunny teeth blushes whenever he comes into the room. Maybe established relationship and KINK DISCOVERY. Maybe ridiculous librarian dirty talk that Stiles loves to tease Derek with. THE LIBRARIES ARE YOUR OYSTER.

Okay! So I went with librarian Stiles and grad student Derek and pining idiots in love. I hope you enjoy it!!!!

Boyfriend Material. Stiles/Derek. Teen.

Stiles is a librarian for the special collections at a university. Derek is a grad student who pretty much lives in the special collections area. There are bad pick-up lines, a meddling sister, and so much pining it’s ridiculous on their way from friends to something more.

The special collections for anthropology and history at the university library are some of the best in the state. Stiles knows he’s very lucky to get the chance to work in them while he’s going to grad school, so he’s treating it like a professional. He’s got his masters already with a certification in special collections, though his actual focus is a combination of rare book conservation and research. He’s really into technology, lives off his laptop and smartphone, but there’s something about old books and the information available in them that has always sparked his interest. His mom had been an antique book collector, though she’d bought what was cheap since she couldn’t afford the real expensive stuff, and he’d inherited her collection when she died nearly fifteen years ago.

Stiles has taken the collection and made it grow, using the internet to locate rare books in subjects that appeal to him, and learning the tricks of the trade. He’s actually been able to pay his way through the college collecting fees for locating particular books for interested parties and arranging sales. It’s fun, almost like investigative work, and he can do it easily around his school schedule. His goal after he gets his PhD is to work in the special collections at a university or possibly a museum, but he’s a realist. Jobs like that aren’t easy to find, so this opportunity to work here is going to give him a step up above a lot of his competition.

That means he has to take his job very seriously. Serious translates into not getting a crush on a fellow grad student who comes in daily for hours to review texts and files on folklore. Not even grad students with a perpetual five o’clock shadow and the most adorable bunny teeth and glasses that actually look good on him unlike Stiles who knows he can’t carry off his own glasses so well. That’s not even going into the well-built shoulders and biceps evident when he’s reaching for books on higher shelves (okay, so, yes, maybe Stiles has creeped on him outside of special collections) or that amazing ass that’s evident whenever he bends over to get something on the lower shelves. Stiles can’t even come up with the right words to describe his eyes or the smile that makes his eyes crinkle whenever Stiles manages to make him laugh. Beyond the physical, he’s also very intelligent, very polite, and his voice does things to Stiles.

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The ABCs of Death 2

I figured I’d take a different tack with this one, considering it has such a large scope for an anthology film, and give my thoughts on each short separately, assigning it either a PASS or a FAIL. I did see the first one and was thoroughly underwhelmed, as there was an equal number of passes and fails; but hey, maybe this one will serve as a much-needed improvement. Honestly, the boring opening with the Suspiria rip-off stock-standard music didn’t do much to get me in the mood. But without further ado…

A is for Amateur

Directed by E.L. Katz

This tale about an amateur hitman trying to bump off what I guessed was an amatuer porn baron (which, if it is, great title parallel) has already set a pretty high bar. It’s slick, stylish, but most importantly ultimately very funny and creative. My first exposure to E.L. Katz’s work was Cheap Thrills which I wanted to like but it ultimately left me cold, so it’s nice to feel enthusiastic about this short here. It makes me excited for his upcoming Netflix movie that’s to be released this year.


B is for Beaver

Directed by Julian Barratt

I’m a sucker for the found-footage genre, and I found this short to be amusing for the most part. The whole trope of the narcissistic TV presenter who hounds his crew is done very well here. Personally, my only problem is really that it doesn’t hold up technically. The special effects are a bit hoaky and the sound mixing’s a bit iffy, which I wouldn’t call out except found-footage is a genre that tends to rely on some kind of artificial sense of realism. The punch-line at the end was a bit forced as well. Nevertheless, I still think it suceeds at what it sets out to do, as I did say it still managed to be amusing.


C is for Capital Punishment

Directed by Julian Gilbey

An interesting little short about a small town that enacts vigilante justice on a supposed child-killer. It’s well shot, well acted and the gore effects are nice and over-the-top. The ending was a bit so-so, being rather predictable, but that’s no reason to condemn the whole thing.


D is for Deloused

Directed by Robert Morgan

This one is so fucking surreal and unsettling that I love it. It’s everything a horror short should be. The art-style and animation evoked a Hellraiser by way of Dario Argento kind of vibe, featuring a colourful aesthetic and heaps of interesting creature design. The animated shorts always tend to stand out, with Lee Hardcastle’s T for Toilet being one of the best of the last movie, and this is no exception. It could literally be its own feature length film, and I would not be opposed to the idea at all.


E is for Equilibrium

Directed by Alejandro Brugues

Quirk and tone seems to be the name-of-the-game here, as two castaways find themselves at odds with each other when a beautiful woman washes ashore. The cinematography is fantastic, with some great camerawork and a clever use of colours to show the characters’ descent into madness. The ending is also very funny, and not what I expected at all.


F is for Falling

Directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado

An israeli soldier has parachuted into a tree, only to be confronted by an Arab boy with a rifle. Honestly, this once just feels aimless. It’s well shot, but the tone is all over the place and it just ends up being really silly, not to mention that this is the first of the shorts where the bad acting really starts to show. It’s not an awful short, but it’s the first dip in quality.


G is for Grandad

Directed by Jim Hoskings

Oh god, the acting in this. This short revolves around an old man and his grandson drinking by the fireplace. The actor playing the grandson is just… so bad… The whole thing has a Greasy Strangler vibe (mainly because Jim Hosking’s only feature is The Greasy Strangler), except it feels like it was written seconds before shooting started, because it’s just nonsense. There’s no point to it. It’s just shock for shock’s sake, which is ultimately how I ended up feeling about The Greasy Strangler, to be honest.


H is for Head Games

Directed by Bill Plympton

This one’s obviously metaphorical, and if the not-so-subtle commentary on relationships and how both parties can destroy each other by playing the titular headgames doesn’t grab you, the animation style will, even if the short visibly struggles to fill its short running time.


I is for Invincible

Directed by Erik Matti

This felt like it was directed by Sam Raimi, with the over-the-top makeup effects and camera-angles. This segment, about a family trying to kill their demonically possessed grandmother to collect the inheritance was the kind of devilish fun I was hoping for from this movie. It’s got a lot of energy to it, thanks to a great cast, even if the lighting is a bit flat and the ending’s a little abrupt.


J is for Jesus

Directed by Dennison Ramalho

A father hires a private investigator to observe and kidnap his son for reasons that are both darkly comedic and bleak. This one’s really sold by a clever script and some decent acting. The cinematography’s a bit uninspired and the ending’s a bit predictable, but the story is solid and the short makes for an interesting watch overall.


K is for Knell

Directed by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper

Beautifully shot and lit, employing a warm colour pallete, this short about a mysterious apparition in the sky causing the residents of an apartment building to go insane and kill each other is hypnotic and vivid. The sound design aids the suspenseful atmosphere, which is unfortunately let down somewhat by the hokay supernatural angle which ultimately doesn’t go anywhere. That said, on a purely technical level, this is definitely one of the best shorts.


L is for Legacy

Directed by Lancelot Imasuen

Some truly obnoxious editing really lets down what would otherwise be an interesting short about an african tribe and the scheming that occurs within, causing a beast to emerge. Not only do the constant cuts and whatnot make the story hard to follow, but they really do no favours to the aformentioned beast, which is clearly a bloke in a costume stomping around, causing people to turn into really bad photoshop effects. Once again, not a terrible short, but not exactly worth the watch either.


M is for Masticate

Directed by Robert Boocheck

Gaining entry into the movie via the winning of a contest, this slow-mo horror show is hilarious, chronicling the journey of a madman on bath-salts as he tries to eat his way through a group of bystanders. My only beef with it is that I have a pet-peeve against obvious contact lenses, but that’s because I’m a prick. The short is still insanely well done.


N is for Nexus

Directed by Larry Fessenden

It’s Halloween, and some poor bloke is running late to meet his girlfriend. What transpires is a Rube Goldberg-esque sequence of events shot like a music-video. There’s not much to say about this one. You can pretty much guess how it’s going to play out, but the presentation is good enough that you won’t get bored watching it. Bonus points for the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference to You’re Next.


O is for Ochlocracy (Mob Rule)

Directed by Hajime Ohata

This is fucking brilliant. In the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, the living dead, who’re capable of cohesive thought thanks to a new wonder-drug, mobilise and begin to put humans on trial in a courtroom where they sentence the survivors accordingly for their barbarism. It’s an interesting subversion on a seemingly tired genre that makes up for its lack of visual style by heaping on a large amount of wit and cleverness that always keeps you guessing. This feels like it should be a feature film. If I had the money, I would fund in a reanimated hearbeat (because I would have to have sold my kidneys).


P is for P-P-P-P Scary!

Directed by Todd Rohal

More like P is for P-P-P-P I couldn’t think of a word starting with P, so I contrived this weird homage to the Three Stooges in which three bandits on the run encounter what looks like Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade and his fucked up baby. I don’t know, I appreciated the visual style, but once again, it’s another short that has no point and never goes anywhere. It’s not interesting, let alone scary or funny.


Q is for Questionnaire

Directed by Rodney Ascher

This one was probably the most unpredictable of the shorts. It’s insanely well-written and acted, and it’s nice that it’s not initially obvious at all where the violence is going to come from, plus the gore effects are decent and the ending is staged perfectly.


R is for Roulette

Directed by Marvin Kren

Eeeeh, this is another one I’m not too enthusiastic about. Technically, it’s not bad. It’s well shot and the art-direction is interesting, not to mention the acting’s not terrible either. The problem is that the premise isn’t really suited to a short film. It’s a game of Russian Roulette, but there’s a lack of context and emotional weight. When the big twist happens, I couldn’t tell you why it happened or why you should care.


S is for Split

Directed by Juan Martinez Moreno

The short is easily the best edited of the bunch. The colour-correction and the whole Brian De Palma-esque split-screen technique is used to really unsettling effect. Unfortunately the short, with its extremely clever premise and execution, is let down by some bad acting and make-up effects, but I think the end-twist makes up for it somewhat, so it does eke over that edge.


T is for Torture Porn

Directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska

I have not seen a Soska Sisters production yet, but their reputation certainly preceeds them, and this is what I assume a movie of theirs would look like. They try for suspense, but they give away the twist way too early, at which point it pretty much devolves into a strobe-fest that plays out exactly how you’d expect. It’s perfectly serviceable, but it’s nowhere near as clever, funny or engaging as the majority of these shorts.


U is for Utopia

Directed by Vincenzo Natali

The premise is very Twilight Zone. Chances are you’ve seen something like it before. The casting is really what makes it work though, particularly with regards to the main character, who you genuinely feel sorry for even though you know exactly what’s coming to him. Not to mention the visual aesthetic is interesting. It was very reminsicient of the Robocop remake, which is definitely a way to go.


V is for Vacation

Directed by Jerome Sable

H is for HANG UP THE FUCKING PHONE!!! Man, you wanna talk shock value? This one takes a predictable premise and tries to make it work by making it as repugnant as humanly possible. I was just bored and repulsed with this one. There was nothing clever about it. The only thing I’d note is the guy playing the obnoxious friend was so over-the-top that he was actually kinda great. That said, this is probably my least favourite of them.


W is for Wish

Directed by Steve Kostanski

80s Nostalgia never gets old, and this He-Man parody is perfectly cheesy and over-the-top with the bad acting and great special effects. It’s like a self-aware version of the Cannon Masters of the Universe. Another one that I would be more than happy to see a feature made out of, even with the incredibly dark as fuck ending.


X is for Xylophone

Directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo

Jesus Christ, guess where this one’s going. If it takes you more than a second, you probaby wrote this short. It’s another one that’s technically well-made, but with an entirely predictable premise that it tries to overcome with shock value. It’s a shame, because the effects are good and that last image should be haunting, but we all saw it coming.


Y is for Youth

Directed by Soichi Umezawa

There’s nothing better than a good J-horror, is there? There’s so much visual creativity to this striking short about a young girl venting about her neglectful parents as we see her dark thoughts visualised to surreal effect. It’s so great to see that this one doesn’t rely on shock-value either, with an ending that’s restrained yet still poignant. Definitely one of my favourites.


Z is for Zygote

Directed by Chris Nash

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck. They certainly saved the weirdest for last. Issues of neglect take a very insanely literal and absurd turn. The special effects are sickening, the acting is great and the cinematography is evocative as hell. That said, I think what really makes this work is the sound design. Holy shit, the sound design in this short makes it the most unsettling of the bunch. It’s definitely a strong note to end the film on.



I found myself enjoying this one a lot more than the first. There was a lot more creativity on show, with a smaller number of shorts relying solely on shock value. Perhaps I had written this series off a bit too quickly. Maybe a third one would be absolutely perfect. Who knows?

anonymous asked:

do you think sara owns the ithaka house? michael sent letters there not knowing someone was checking on them. jacob as professor expects a lot of mails and probably the one paying the bills. sarah's interview on australian vogue, sara must have collected her inheritance from her dad after exonerated. so sara is rich and can support herself and mike alone.

we can certainly gather that sara was someone who came from money in the original series, and it was never more obvious than the very, very expensive ring she wore all throughout the new season, showing that at some point, yes, she collected her inheritance from her father’s death, gaining that ring and the money for the house.

sara is self-sufficient, and said many times throughout the season that she was an internist, so even with her inheritance she was still working in the medical field.  she certainly didn’t need jacob to pay the bills. lol  (although i’m sure his control freak ass insisted on it).

that being said, jacob, being the fool that he is, brought michael to his office, with one of his students calling him “professor ness” as they walked by, so michael no doubt knew his name and where he was living.

so it stands to reason that when michael began sending origami to her, it was because he knew that it was sara’s house.  he was just unaware that sara was now with the enemy who was intercepting her mail.  had he known the name of her husband…or what he looked like, he obviously would’ve immediately known that it was poseidon, because again, the fool made the mistake of not only showing his face, but bringing him to his place of work, exposing his name, his security measures, his office, and his whole plan, basically.

so yes, i absolutely do think it was sara that owned the house in ithaca, and jacob just sort of moved in, and attached his name to the mailbox because it was the only thing that would accept his last name, given sara and mike both kept the name scofield because…well, who would want to be a ness when they can be a scofield?

Final scene..  Dead Man's Chest

Phryne: “So, tell me, Jack.  Where did you collect your coins? Amongst the ruins of ancient Greece……”

……or deep in the jungles of Patagonia?“

Jack: “I inherited my collection from Uncle Ted …

…..and sold it at the age of 12….

…so I could buy my first bicycle”

Phryne: “Now that’s an adventure”

Jack: “It was.  It was”

Jack: “I rode further than I’d ever ridden before…

…through the uncharted wilds of North Richmond”

Phryne: “Where even Captain Flint didn’t dare tread”

Jack: “and the pirate girls of Collingwood ruled the waves”

Phryne: “To pirates, adventurers and boys on bicycles”

Monster High Doll Hair

A few weeks ago Lee, over on The Monster High Amino, asked: how I get the hair on my second hand dolls looking so good?

A bit of background. I have been collecting a select few dolls since they first came out in 2010. Then last summer my neighbour’s 14 year old daughter decided to get rid of her collection. I inherited almost 200 dolls. Most were very well played with (mum is a smoker) and therefore needed a lot of cleaning up. Having never worked with dolls before as a child I Googled and found a couple good sites.

After that I headed to a local dollar store to get some supplies. My thinking here was not going to spend a fortune cleaning up these dolls, if certain products did not work.

My tools: a baby brush & comb set, an environmentally friendly conditioner, dryer sheets, fabric deodorant, and the MH brush.

Step1: remove all clothing, accessories (jewellery)  at lest the ones you can

Step2: using lukewarm/cold water (hot water will straighten any wavy/curls in the acrylic/plastic wigs)

       wet hair thoroughly, wash with conditioner, then rinse

Step3: hand dry hair with a towel

Step4: taking MH brush, brush out the hair.

        Wavy/curly hair I will use a short quick stroke instead of a long stroke. Also use a short, quick stroke with very tangled hair

Step4: air dry

Step5: once dry I will brush the hair again

Step6: style the hair to original style (Google photos to see the style)

*I use a baby brush to shine hair on Ghoulia, Venus, Spectra (they have a different texture of hair.

**Need to be careful when brushing out hair not to be too aggressive to pull out hair from the wig

One thing you may find is that some of the dolls will have “sticky” hair. This is from the glue that is secures the wig. Skelita and Rochelle are very bad for this.

One technique I found is to use baby power/talc to absorb the glue.

I have yet to really try this. However if you do, make sure hair is completely dry before using power (will become a gooey mess)

Step1: powder the hair brush thoroughly

Step2: leave for a few days

Step3: brush powder completely out

Main thing I find about doing the hair is to trust your instincts about what you are doing. If you find a different method than what I have done: Awesome!

Have fun being your doll’s hair stylists!

kagetsukai  asked:

For TMI Tuesday: What are some of the books you've read that really impacted you as a person?

This is an interesting question. I’ve read a lot of books, and I’m picking some out of my memory as ones that changed my way of thinking or that I truly loved.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare - I know, I know, Shakespeare. But hear me out! I inherited an old collection of Shakespeare from my great grandmother after she died when I was 9. I started reading them the second they arrived in my bedroom. Now, I may not have understood all of the overarching themes at my tender age, but I definitely understood the words and the feelings. A Midsummer Night’s Dream really stood out for me because of all the fairies and the beautiful, non-tragic love story. I thought it was amazing. 

White Oleander - Janet Fitch - This was a book that I read sometime in high school. It was filled with these beautifully flawed and strong women, and they were fierce and wonderful characters, and it changed how I perceived other women around me. I felt lucky to have read it in my sensitive and formative years, because it changed my view of the world.

Couch World - Cathy Yardley - This was a book I don’t know if anyone else even read, but I loved it in the best way. I read it in the backseat of my parents’ old Isuzu Trooper while we were on a long road/camping trip, and it stuck with me. It’s about a young woman who comes to LA to be a DJ, and bounces from couch to couch while she makes her way. Something about it spoke to me and my love of music, and I remember it to this day.

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami - My high school Baccalaureate English teacher recommended this book to me, and I tore through it. Existentialism was my thing for a year, and this was so beautifully strange. I get a taste in my mouth whenever I think about it, and I can’t describe the taste, but it’s there. 

Perfume - Patrick Suskind - It’s a book about murdering people to distill the scents from them, and I always wanted to smell the scents Suskin described. But he made them sound so unique and impossible to replicate, I’m sure I’ll never smell them. And Grenouille, the main character, was the perfect kind of psycho for my overactive sense of smell.



This babe right here THIS BABE RIGHT HERE

you might know her from Wacky Races but she had her own spinoff called The Perils of Penelope Pitstop in which her guardian is constantly trying to kill her off with an accident so that he can collect her inheritance

I have watched 5 minutes of this show just now

and in those 5 minutes Penelope has:

  • almost finished flying solo around the world in a biplane
  • jumped out of her plane into an eagle’s nest using her scarf as a parachute after the engine of her plane fell off
  • climbed halfway down a fucking jungle cliff in heels
  • when the cliff crumbled she jumped off no hesitation and grabbed onto a jungle vine and started fuckin’ swingin’
  • when the vine was cut and she wound up in a cage facing her nemesis, “The Hooded Claw” AKA her douchebag guardian all she did was say “It’s you! The Hooded Claw!” no fear, just surprise
  • The Hooded Claw ties her to a log over a cliff and all she does is ask “what y'all intend to do with me”
  • HC says “Oh, we’re just gonna drop ya inta that river…1000 feet down.” Penelope replies “I can swim, y'know.”
  • “At the end of the river there’s a 2000 foot waterfall. Can ya swim that?” “I can try.” And then he fuckin’ kicks the log into the river and she doesn’t scream at all

All of this of course while lookin’ fucking fabulous

Penelope Pitstop, Cutie Patootie Action Babe

Hannibal and Synchronicity

Because of a Criminal Minds episode, I began reading up on Carl Jung’s theory of synchronicity, and in doing so, had my mind blown when I started applying the theory to Hannibal. The theory of synchronicity suggests that there are simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. A very basic example of this is driving into a parking lot which you know to be difficult to find parking in, but as soon as you arrive, another car pulls out and leaves an open space just for you. A few other examples include losing your job but immediately finding a new job without having to apply for one, telling someone about an illness you are having and that person knowing the exact right doctor to help you get well, or leaving a romantic relationship and immediately finding someone new to date.

The theory began because Jung was treating a woman who was very internalized, locked into her own mind and fears. Her therapy was going nowhere until one night, she had a dream that someone offered her a golden scarab. The next day, as she was telling Jung about her dream, there came a ticking sound on the window. Jung reached out the window and grabbed the bug which had just flown onto the window. It happened to be a scarabaeid beetle whose gold-green color resembled that of the bug in the patient’s dream. The patient was so jarred by the synchronous moment that her shell was pierced and she was able to successfully continue treatment.

Hannibal begins almost immediately with synchronicity. Since we can’t really see what happened before the show began, we can only assume that Hannibal has been seeing Bedelia Du Maurier for years, and that he has previously admitted his loneliness to her, which he describes in later episodes after getting to know Will. The synchronicity of the moment is that aside from Jack pulling Will into the investigation, Will’s and Hannibal’s meeting was a complete coincidence. At the very time Hannibal has grown lonely in his secluded lifestyle of killing and cooking, he meets someone who perfectly fits his needs for a partner. And Will, who is unwittingly suffering from encephalitis, meets someone who had the ability to treat him before it became fatal. That Hannibal didn’t use his incredible olfactory sense to treat Will isn’t synchronicity, it’s just him being an asshole.

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Wanna Dance?

Originally posted by compromisedfacade

The night was winding down. Almost everyone had left – even the bride and groom – and so it seemed that I would spend another night of celebration and love and happiness alone. Not that it was necessarily a bad thing – I was over the moon that my baby sister finally married the man of her dreams. A good one at that. But the melancholy fact was that I was once again the one that got the pats on the back, the sympathetic looks and pitiful smiles, the “You’ll have your special day soon” notions. I took it all in stride. As the Maid of Honor there wasn’t anything I could really do but keep a smile plastered on my face for the entire evening. It wasn’t my day to ruin. I had no intentions of doing so.

My feet were awfully dirty. Blistered too. I had gotten rid of the sparkly stilettos my sister had begged all her bridesmaids to wear and had danced with reckless abandon when the guests and us were all on the dancefloor. Of course when time came for pictures I was always sliding back into the moments of pain and horror. I’d most likely wake up tomorrow with red welts and purple bruises lining my toes and feet and the hope I’d be able to get out of bed and walk.

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Anatomy of a Marriage - the Rosie files

Part 3

Recap first

Jack and Rosie were married young, before the war, around 1913.  Jack went to war, a newlywed, but possibly about two years into the marriage, around 1915. He fought on the Western Front in 1916 and came back “a changed man”. The marriage deteriorated from there.  Rosie went to live with her sister at some stage before they divorced in 1929.  Rosie is now engaged to be married to Sidney Fletcher, her father’s godson.  Her father is Deputy Commissioner of Police.

All fairly straight forward n’est-ce pas? Mais non!

We know little of Jack’s personal life apart from this portrait of his marriage, but we do know too that he was from Richmond with the suggestion that it would probably have been the poorer side of town (he had to sell an inherited coin collection to buy a bike).  Rosie, on the other hand, lived in more affluent circumstances. Her father advanced in the ranks of the police force and the Sanderson home suggests wealth (but not necessarily taste - ghastly decor and wallpaper!).  I’ll just add a few shots to break up the blogging on. 

 Ghastly wallpaper shot with Jack.

There is a disparity of dates in terms of Jack’s acquaintance with George Sanderson.  In Scandalous, Jack refers to knowing him for 15 years but we also know he’d been married for 16 in Raisins.  So if we accept an editorial error, (and I have the support of izzyandlouie so it must be ok) he may have met Rosie through his acquaintance with Sanderson, with Sanderson seeing the young, pre-war Jack as an ideal candidate to mentor through the ranks and potential son in law. Guessing on this one.  I don’t see how Rosie’s and Jack’s paths would have crossed otherwise, they would have moved in very different circles. Another alternative is that Jack didn’t know him particularly well at first.  He may be being literal when he says he’s known him for 15 years.

So back to about 1917/18 when Jack returns a changed man.  So what has changed?  Rosie remarks at the end of Scandalous that he has got his fight back, so we can assume that the man who returned from the war had literally and figuratively “lost his fight”. He returns without motivation, without ambition, perhaps without a mojo.  

Jack’s character reveals a man who locks out emotion when it hits him in the face.  If we look at the Wheel (must we? I hate this Ep, it is SOOO sad.  Yes we must.)

Sad episode 

Jack in this Ep is cool, disparaging, dismissive, driven by irrational process, with a narrowness of view, lack of reasoned judgement and outbursts of anger.  Why?  Because he cannot and will not admit to the fact that he felt something stir within him with the thought of Phryne dead.  He shuts it away and pretends it isn’t there, buries himself in work and cheap whiskey and shuns the society of those who care about him.  So this could well have been his behaviour post war.  We are given a picture of what his behaviour at home with his wife could have been like.

Cheap booze, Jack being dismissive but with matching outfits

So back to Rosie.

Clearly she was unable to cope with post war Jack.  She was not able to change him back to the man he once was, nor was she able to understand what had made him change, she couldn’t empathise with the shocking circumstances that had impacted upon him.  So it wasn’t all Jack’s fault.

Not only could she not empathise with the damaged, returned soldier, Rosie wanted him to be like her father and rise through the ranks, but Jack obviously preferred on the ground policing.

Rosie:  I accused you once of a lack of ambition. I wanted you to climb the ladder like father.

This suggests that Rosie was not prepared to accept Jack for what he wanted to be, she was too ambitious for him.  She wanted a father substitute, not the man she married.  When she made these demands is unclear, but I will suggest it was after his return, given their marriage was in its infancy when he went away and Jack would have been only a young policeman at that stage. Therefore it was most likely post war that she made her accusations in terms of his career.  Here we start to see selfish Rosie.  She is used to some wealth, derived from ambition, and wants to maintain the lifestyle to which she has grown accustomed.  This would not have been possible on a policeman’s wage, particularly prior to the police strikes where wages were abysmally low for members of the force.

Did they communicate?  Unlikely. He was locked up.  She didn’t try.

Rosie wanted what Jack could not, would not provide - status, wealth and lifestyle (remind you of anyone else per chance?).

Chapter 8: Ring a ring o’ Rosies

(I have blogged much of this before in an Ep recap, so apologies to those who may have seen it before but I’m changing the perspective a bit to fit this series…)

Let’s now head for Marked. The spiv is in the thick of it, creepy, slimy monster that he is.  He has bought a football player from the opposing team before such deals were ever heard of, set him up in a job and a house.  Player now dead. The nature of the connection foreshadows the spiv’s shady dealings in later Eps.

Jack needs to speak to the widow of the victim, who happens to now be a friend of Rosie and the spiv and staying at the spiv’s house. Phryne has stated she is on Jack’s team (and one of the themes of this Ep is about loyalty to one’s team).In this exchange between P and J there is the first mention of Jack’s and Rosie’s formal separation since Scandalous and they both demonstrate some awkwardness tinged with a frisson or two of what their partnership is or could be:

Phryne: You said she was staying with your … wife.

Jack: former…

Phryne: your former wife

Jack: … wife yes (pause) and her fiancé.

Phryne: Potentially awkward.

Cute, awkward moment in matching outfits

Visually roses set the scene for the meeting with Rosie. They drive through rose gardens and roses in red and white frame the front doorway, masking Phryne from view initially. The image is also reflected in Phryne’s full-length jacket, heavily embroidered with a panel of red roses. Jack is surrounded by roses.  And some thorns.

 As J and P approach the large house and drive through the ample grounds, Phryne’s observation shows her intuition:

Phryne: Whatever kind of shipping Mr Fletcher dabbles in must be doing very nicely.

Another foretaste of things to come - the spiv’s fortune has not been made in honest trade.  The house and grounds certainly reflect prosperity, more so than the Sanderson’s terrace, Phryne’s house in St Kilda, and is more in keeping with if not more opulent than Aunt Prudence’s property.

Jack knocks at the door and when Rosie opens it, she doesn't realise Phryne is with him.

Rosie: Oh it’s Jack (gasps). I thought it was father. It’s that policeman’s knock. Just … (she clasps her hand to her heart)

She is pleased to see him it would appear.  Is it because she still cares for him and the reaction  instinctive?  What’s missing after “Just… makes my heart flutter.” ??

This contrasts with her asking him later to make himself scarce at the service.

Rosie in ill-fitting badly cut dress

Jack: We’ve come to speak with Mrs Harper.

He uses “we” and Rosie realises that he is not alone. Her face changes instantly.

Rosie: And of course Miss Fisher.

Phryne: Miss Sanderson

Rosie: Please call me Rosie

Phryne: Likewise, Phryne (lengthy, embarrassed pause). Is this a good time?

Rosie: Yes, I’ve just come to help Sidney with preparations for Harry’s service this afternoon.

Rosie is taken aback with Phryne’s presence and her then use of “of course” indicates that she knows that Jack and Phryne have a partnership/relationship. She is also keen to point out that she isn't living with Sidney and thinks it’s important to make it clear that she is there for the arrangements for the afternoon. Hmm, I think she looks quite at home.

There is an interesting sequence where Celia is asked about her now dead husband Harry’s state of mind, and following her departure from the room, the shape of the Harper marriage is considered.

Rosie and Fletcher, Jack and Phryne are positioned as couples throughout the scene. Their body language and eye contact reveal more than the words spoken.

Celia Harper: I’m sure there were things that Harry didn’t share with me.

Looks are then exchanged between Jack and Rosie, Jack and Phryne. There are layers to this comment from Celia. There were things she didn’t tell her husband too, such as her affair with his vice-captain and their plans to go away on the cruise. But more poignant is that this could be about another husband and wife not sharing things, it could be about Rosie and Jack.

Phryne: Were Celia and Harry happy together do you think?

Spiv: They’d only been married a couple of years.

Rosie: (defensive) I think they had a perfectly good marriage. Celia said they were planning a cruise to the continent at the end of the season.

Phryne: Sounds romantic.

Rosie: (reflective) I thought so.…. 

(Looks exchanged: Rosie and Jack; Jack to Phryne.  Both Rosie and Jack share some discomfort in questioning the outward happiness of a marriage.

Jack and Rosie must have memories of the opposite, of what an unhappy marriage is like. But this is also where Rosie can be caught out. Her statement about the Harper’s good marriage is simply not true and she knows it. Rosie knows that Celia’s marriage was not happy, that there was infidelity that “Harry was a useless husband and didn’t give a damn about Celia” according to Vincent Barlow, his team vice-captain and Celia’s lover.  Celia later says to Phryne “Harry was too wrapped up in his own problems to have any time for me.” 

Celia had sought advice from Rosie about a divorce and Rosie also knows that the European cruise was with her lover, not her husband.

Liar, liar pants on fire! Or in another rhyming epithet, why lie?   Who is Rosie protecting when she insists it was a good marriage? Rosie shares her knowledge with Phryne later on at the service, so why lie in front of the two others, Sidney and Jack?  It doesn’t make sense unless she is lying to protect Sidney’s involvement in buying the player, rather than reveal it, although this isn’t related to the murder.  But her deception and dishonesty cannot be denied.

Rosie: (laterreferring to the service that afternoon) It would be so much easier for Celia if there were not a police presence.

Jack: Of course.

When Rosie asks for no police presence at the service, is she asking for Celia, or for herself?  She wants Jack’s knowledge of Sidney’s business dealings kept to a minimum. 

Phryne: I assume you never took Rosie on a continental cruise?

Jack: No but I did take her to Mrs Moller’s holiday cottages at Lawn.

Phryne: Excellent choice.

Whilst this exchange shows how familiar with each other Jack and Phryne have become, it also sharply contrast the lifestyle that Jack could offer Rosie compared with what she has, potentially, with the spiv and the one to which she always aspired.

At the service in the spiv’s home, Phryne (as the police representative one assumes) and Rosie are able to speak comfortably together about Celia Harper, her interest in a divorce and her relationship with Vincent Barlow. This closeness is not replicated later in Unnatural, where Rosie is openly hostile towards Phryne.  Is it a case of Rosie keeping enemies close?

Chapter 9: A prickly end

The footy match concludes the Ep with Rosie attending with the spiv (an Abbotsford supporter), Sanderson, and Phryne with Jack, another Abbotsford man.

The shadow of Deputy Commissioner as president of the opposing club disturbs his daughter but not the sycophantic spiv who never looks anything but relaxed and comfortable, cocky and self-confident.

Rosie seems to want to talk to Jack:

Rosie: Just wanted to wish you luck…

This is an odd remark from an Abbotsford supporter to another - what does she mean here, for Abbotsford in the footy match? For him and Phryne?  Is she fearful that her father will think less of Jack because he is an Abbotsford supporter?  Surely not, they have known that for years.  It is an odd remark for Rosie to make.  Her fiance is an Abbotsford man, who attempted to rig the game by buying a key player.  But Rosie is ill at ease. She doesn’t like it when things don’t go her way,  her father and the related males (spiv and Jack) not aligned. Daddy’s girl to the end.

Rosie (continues as she explains the debate over whether the match should go ahead or not following the murders): Father lost to Sidney and even my observational skills tell me this does not bode well.

Rosie is unsettled; she appears anxious, trying to keep happy her father and her fiancé, and seems disturbed by Jack’s continuing presence with Phryne. The romantic conclusion with the scarf that ties together Phryne and Jack, contrasts Rosie’s constant discomfort at seeing them together.  The spiv remains unmoved. (And Rosie is having a bad hat day while J and P match  - the epitome of team)

To be concluded…