Penelope Bunce is a fierce magician, I don’t mind saying. I’m fairly certain we don’t know anything now that we didn’t know before, but Bunce is so sharp and confident that every minute with her in the room feels like progress.
“O! Then I see Queen Mab hath been with you. She is the fairies’ midwife,
and comes in a shape no bigger than an agate-stone, on the fore-finger
of an alderman, drawn with a little team of atomies, over men’s noses as
they lie asleep. Her chariot is an empty hazelnut. Her wagoner a small
grey-coated gnat. And in this state, she gallops, night by night,
through lovers’ brains and then they dream of… love! O'er lawyers
fingers who straight dream on fees. Sometimes she driveth o'er a
soldier’s neck, and then dreams he of cutting foreign throats. And then,
being thus frighted, swears a prayer or two and sleeps again.” — Romeo + Juliet (1996)
he gave a rueful laugh, turning the pick over in his hands. “wanden olstrum end kendesorum.” it was the first part of a fjerdan saying, the water hears and understands. It sounded kind enough, but matthias knew that nina would be familiar with the rest of it. “isen ne bejstrum,” she finished. the water hears and understands. the ice does not forgive.
No villain is going to ruin Christmas this year. Tony has every detail planned. Their romantic getaway will take place in a very nice and private chalet, where they can be alone and relax, eat nice food, aggressively cuddle, and hopefully, have a lot of sex. It looks like it’s going to be a very white Christmas. Tony never built a snowman before. Steve may or may not surprise Tony with a very special present. (spoiler alert: he does)