Author’s note: Sorry I’m late again!! As always, all feedback is sincerely appreciated. Enjoy!
English class is your favorite class.
Since your paper, the past few weeks have been stuffed full of theory readings and poetry analyses. You’ve read Wordsworth, Woolf, and many in between. It’s hard not to get caught up in a world of rhyme schemes and symbolism.
Harry has been overly-avoidant. He didn’t look at you when you handed him your essay, and he hasn’t since. You’re just confused. It’s not clear why his eyes skirt around you when his gaze pans across the classroom, or why they glue themselves to the sidewalk when you pass him outside. But every time you see him or the thought of him merely crosses your mind, all you can think about is that second or two when he was in such close proximity. You can almost smell his cologne and see the thin hair spotting his chin.
I think I figured out why I don’t like Gem Navi/Aquamarine and Blockhead/Topaz’s designs. It’s simple really. They aren’t original in the slightest. Blockhead literally looks like Jasper with a buzzcut, a nose, and gems for ears, and she even takes the whole “fusion that can pass as a single gem” thing from Garnet. And Gem Navi is arguably worse in this regard, being a combination of Lapis’ water wings and color scheme (seriously, why not use blue and green, or even a turquoise color?), and Peridot’s stature and, if the leak is to be believed, personality. Navi is literally just a Lapis with gremlinitis and a wand that raided the wardrobe of Veronica Sawyer from Heathers. And that’s why I don’t care about them as much as say, Bismuth, the Rubies, Centipeetle, or Jasper. They have nothing new to offer us, no new concepts, aside from maybe that weird thing Topaz is doing to store humans in her body in a leaked screenshot. Other than that, that’s it, and I generally don’t find them interesting simply because they are just bootlegged versions of Jasper and a combination of Lapis and Peridot, but without any of the charm. We’ll see if that changes, but for now, I am more excited to see Pearl and Garnet’s sandcastle than I am for these two, aside from the rare unintentional funny moment. (Blockhead leaning in from the corner anyone? Hilarious)
A final work, currently house in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, shows a young girl with auburn hair, dark eyes, pale skin, and full lips. Her low-cut navy dress has golden pins holding together its sleeves, which are interspersed with crimson, and a gold-decorated French hood sits so far back on her head it requires a strap beneath her chin, like a bonnet. Like Holbein’s portrait of Elizabeth Cromwell or Frances Grey, where the same style is worn, the headdress trend helps date the portrait, along with the lower cut of the bodice and the shape of the sleeves. The Metropolitan portrait seems to have originated from the workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger between circa 1540 and 1545. The museum, which acquired the portrait along with the rest of the Jules Bache collection in 1949, identifies it as “Unknown lady c. 1540-45, aged 17,” a piece of information provided in original gold lettering on either side of the girl’s head.
Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII
- Gareth Russell
Doris “Dorie” Miller
was born in Waco, Texas in 1919. He was unable to finish high school, but helped around the family farm until just before his 20th birthday. He then enlisted with the Navy as a Messman, one of the few positions open to African-Americans.
On December 7th, 1941, Miller was a Messman Third Class serving on the USS West Virginia. He was a ship’s cook, with minimal combat training and no gunnery training, as the military was still segregated and African-Americans were not trained on the heavy guns.
When the bombs began dropping on Pearl Harbor, Miller ran to the deck of the ship and began assisting moving the wounded, including the captain of the ship. He then jumped on one of the anti-aircraft guns on deck and proceeded to try to shoot the Japanese planes down until ordered to abandon ship, at which point he continued to help move wounded soldiers from the ship.
Miller was hailed as the “Number One Hero” for African-Americans and considered one of the first American heroes of WWII. He was awarded the Navy Cross and after a massive community campaign, went on a war bond tour.
Miller returned to service on the Liscome Bay, where he died when the ship was lost at the battle of Makin Island.
Bonus: Admiral Nimitz, a native of Fredericksburg, Texas and CINCPAC during WWII, pinning the Navy Cross on Dorie Miller.