Stay, Roman brethren! Gracious conqueror, Victorious Titus, rue the tears I shed, A mother’s tears in passion for her son:And if thy sons were ever dear to thee, O, think my son to be as dear to me!Sufficeth not that we are brought to Rome, to beautify thy triumphs and return, captive to thee and to thy Roman yoke, But must my sons be slaughter’d in the streets, for valiant doings in their country’s cause? O, if to fight for king and commonweal were piety in thine, it is in these. Andronicus, stain not thy tomb with blood! Wilt thou draw near the nature of the gods? Draw near them then in being merciful. Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge. Thrice noble Titus, spare my first-born son!
A/N: Had this idea for a character at first, but then I thought about what I always ask myself when I have to make hard decisions: “what would Tom Hiddleston do?”. And now here I am.
Tom getting a little bit scared when you tell him you have a little boy
You know, purely because he doesn’t know how is gonna be to date someone who has a kid
Him asking if you’re okay with waiting until he’s ready to meet your son
And you actually thinking that it’s gonna take a long time for him to adapt to the idea of being a stepdad
But no, he’s a nice guy and he kind of realize that he really does like you and that a kid shouldn’t make him that nervous
So he tells you he wants to meet your son - once you two are already on a certain kind of serious relationship
Tom knows that kids needs stability, so that was one of his concerns, you know? His relationship with you not working out and him walking out of your life after a short period of time, leaving your son confused
Alright, so you finally tells your 4 years old son that he’s finally gonna meet your boyfriend
Tom and him gets along pretty well - which is actually a big surprise for you
Them bonding over comic books
Tom reading them to your son
“You know, I can ask Thor to come meet you someday if you want to”
Tom taking you two out to watch plays
Him reciting Shakespeare to your son before sleeping
After a long time, Tom not caring at all if someone (aka paparazzi) sees him walking around with you and your son
Your son calling him dad once
“Look dad, ice cream!” while he’s running at a park
Tom finally asking you what happened to his father, and you telling him the whole story
Having to wake up Tom so he can go to bed when he falls asleep on the couch with your son, while watching cartoons
Tom teaching him to like and drink tea
You being constantly afraid of breaking up with Tom someday, because you know, your son is really attached to him now
Tom being okay with your son sleeping between you and him when he’s scared of something
And actually smiling at the sight of him curling up next to you and you hugging him
Tom hugging you two
Giving him ice cream sometimes, even though he knows you forbade your son because he was getting a cold
Both him and your son getting a cold and you taking care of them
Tom waking up in the middle of the night to check on him and cover him with his blanket
You doing the same with Tom
Tom taking you and your son to the set of his next movie
The minigolfing with Steve and Clint was the best! Could you write more of them interacting as father and son, seriously, I can't get enough of it!
Clint, Steve discovered, had never really had dogs so much as he
adopted strays for as long as he could hide them or until the animal decided to
part ways. (We’re more like buddies, Clint
said, I feel kinda weird thinking it was owning. They just sort of wandered
into my life for a while, you know?)
Steve had never had a dog at all. Even if he hadn’t been
allergic, he could never have afforded one. (Since he woke up in the
twenty-first century, he had made more pathetic excuses than he could count in
order to pet as many dogs as he could.)
So when he saw the flyer, he sent a photo of it to Clint with
the caption “Your free Saturday isn’t free anymore. Sincerely, Dad”
Clint had shot back a “You strike me as more of a ‘Pops’,
Pops.” But showed up bright and early Saturday morning to the ASPCA event
They looked at all kinds of dogs. (Steve was pretty sure that
Clint was right, there was enough room in the Tower for all of them, but he was
also sure Tony -and more importantly, Pepper- would evict the two of them).
Clint wasn’t sure if he liked the Boston Terrier or the Jack
Russell more. Steve really liked the Golden Doodle, but was a sucker for the
Pitbull with the big brown eyes.
Their indecision didn’t matter, though, when they came upon the
Labradors. Six years old, brothers. Separating them wasn’t an option. (It was
hard to find them a home that wanted one
adult dog, never mind two).
Pops, he signed. I think
we found our dogs.
Smartass., Steve replied. I think
we did, too.
They took the long way back to the Tower, stopping to pick up
dog beds, dishes, collars, leashes and a bag-full of toys. (Puck liked the grunting hedgehog the
best. Moth carried his blue-and-green
polka dot pig all the way home).
I was thinking, isn't it strange that Shakespeare's son was called Hamnet? Is it possible that he wrote Hamlet after his son's death, and that's why the father/son relationship is so important in the play?
It’s curious, but maybe not strange.
Shakespeare’s twins were named after his and Anne’s friends and neighbours, Hamnet and Judith Sadler (they called their son William in return – isn’t that sweet?). Hamnet – and the related forms such as Hamlin, Hamelot and Hammond – was quite a common name back then (both as name and surname).
Shakespeare’s son Hamnet died in 1596 (aged 11). Hamlet was probably written in 1602 (earliest possible date it was written is 1599), so it was definitely written after Hamnet’s death.
From some of the contemporary accounts we have, there appears to have been a Hamlet before Shakespeare’s one (most likely written by Kyd), that also had a protagonist called ‘Hamlet’, which is, in turn, an anglicised form of the earlier sources where the character is named Amleth. So Shakespeare wasn’t responsible for choosing the name Hamlet for his protagonist; that is, the main character isn’t named after his son. It’s also important to remember that in the essential details most of the father-son theme is present in the play’s sources and weren’t added in by Shakespeare.
Of course, it is possible that when Shakespeare came across his sources for Hamlet that he was drawn to it by the nominal similarity between his son Hamnet and Amleth/Hamlet and because of the father-son theme. Some scholars have argued that, since Shakespeare’s father died in 1601, the play might be an exploration of father-son relationships prompted by the death of his own father. Perhaps both deaths influenced the writing of the play.
In the end, this kind of thing is pure speculation. No doubt biographical circumstances do contribute to an author’s work, but no play can ever be boiled down to the details of an author’s life. Father-son relationships are extremely important in Hamlet, and Shakespeare’s father and son died within a few years of the play being written. It doesn’t necessarily follow that father-son relationships are important in the play because Shakespeare’s father and son died within a few years of the plays being written, although it may have influenced the author’s thoughts in some wise.
Yoknapatawpha County, Faulkner setting (yolk-nuh-pah-taw-fa)
Robert Zajonc (zai-unts)
Slavoj Žižek (slah-voi zhee-zhek)
Andrzej Żuławski (ahn-drey zhu-wavv-ski)
1 Portuguese has a much more complicated phonetics than English & so these are especially approximate.
2 Because Giacometti was from the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland a kind of second order snobbishness has descended on the pronunciation of his name. Most people who would judge you pronounce it as you would in Italian (jah-coh-mett-ee) but an inner-inner circle insist on correcting even these people with the Swiss-Italian pronunciation listed here.
3 The pronunciation of the -ch as soft instead of hard, unlike every other instance in German, was contrived after the philosopher’s death to avoid a near-homophony with that language’s word for ‘fuck.’
4 The last syllable doesn’t have an English equivalent but rhymes with the French pronunciation of Jean’s.
5 The first letter (qaf/qof/ق) has no equivalent in English or any other Western language and is more glottal than either of the sounds starting these approximations.