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Min Hyuk, the shrewd CEO who wasn’t afraid to deal with gangsters and blackmail his own blackmailers, turns into a nervous, bashful puppy in front of Bong Soon’s grandma and dad - biting his lip, fumbling and fidgeting. He is so heartwrenchingly polite and and shy around them because they are the two people who love BS the most and because he is so unused to the warm and open way her entire family treats him.

Particularly Min Hyuk’s conversation with BS’s dad leaves a deep impression - it’s so poignant how these two men, who are virtual strangers, connect over their love for one woman, Do Bong Soon. And when dad places his trust on him, MH smiles as if it were Christmas and he just got the best present in the world. He even calls Mr. Do ‘abonim’, clearly getting used to the idea of being the Do family’s prospective son-in-law.

after Trump got elected I was making analogies with Silvio Berlusconi, with the idea that Trump only seemed unprecedented if you believe in American exceptionalism and that his style is not so strange in a broader context, but I’m starting to think that Berlusconi was a bit too shrewd an operator; maybe a better comparison would be Duterte or even Gaddafi to capture that combination of blustering arrogance occasionally bordering on lunacy.

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Slytherins tend to be ambitious, shrewd, cunning, strong leaders, and achievement-oriented. They also have highly developed senses of self-preservation. This means that Slytherins tend to hesitate before acting, so as to weigh all possible outcomes before deciding exactly what should be done.

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It’s just crazy working with him. But it’s just nuts working with someone like Downey where you’re just kind of like, ‘You’re Downey! You’re Downey!’ What am I supposed to say?” - Evans about Robert 

Evans plays very low status, he’s extremely shrewd. You’re very shrewd. You can’t see it right now.”  - Robert on about Chris 

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There lived four wizards of renown, whose name are still well-known: Bold Gryffindor from wild moor, Fair Ravenclaw from glen, Sweet Hufflepuff from valley broad, Shrewd Slytherin from fen. They share a wish, a hope, a dream, they hatched a daring plan, to educate young sorcerers, thus Hogwarts school began.

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ARMED WITH AMBITION: a Slytherin playlist 

Slytherins tend to be ambitious, shrewd, cunning, strong leaders, and achievement-oriented. They also have highly developed senses of self-preservation. This means that Slytherins tend to hesitate before acting, so as to weigh all possible outcomes before deciding exactly what should be done.

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Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor

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Where television is fantastic and is way ahead of film is it doesn’t feel the need to polarize women so much… Male writers, and I say this with all love and respect, often want to make a woman either the angel or the whore—make her the witch, or put her on the pedestal. When people ask me about Margaery, I say they’re not mutually exclusive. You don’t have to be practical and politically savvy and not be a good person. You can be a good human being and just be shrewd. I think all these women play similar characters.

Shrewd Slytherin

We are Slytherin.
We are green and silver.
We are the crushing of the waves.
We are shadows and currents.

We are the calm before a storm and suggestive smirks in class.
We are the legends that linger forever.
Sometimes our tounges are sharper than our knives.
Sometimes our smiles are more cruel than our revenge.
Our condolences.
We are the heroes that lived too long.
We are the Kings and Queens of Kings and Queens. And heavy weighs the crown.
We are the moon in the sky and the snow on the ground.
We are the ballet dancers that rock.
We are the northern lights in the polar night.
We are beautiful and sharp and crystal clear.

And breakable.

We embrace our shadows and keep our chin high.
And sometimes the dark comes seeping in.
Sometimes our own weapons turn against us.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep the head clear.
To focus.
Sometimes our control crumbles.
And is taken away.
Sometimes it’s impossible to hold on.

Sometimes I realise my mistake.
And sometimes I ponder if I am one.
And then they are there.
Screaming:
Yes.
Yes, you are…
Someone who can’t even do this simple task.

Sometimes I hide from them.
In my room.
I can hear them scream and yell downstairs.
Upstairs.
On the other side of the door.
And sometimes I am happy that I am so lonely.
Because at least I don’t have to listen to them.
And sometimes I think:
Why bother?
At all?

But then there you are:
The calm after the storm.
The boulder in the stream.
My rock.
And your voice is soft:

“Want to feel alive?”

And I chuckle.
Because you have come to know me so well.
And you take my hand and lead me away from them.

And we conquer the world.
We hoist our colours and take a gulp of freedom.
We are the snake with its cunning and wisdom.
We are the sea.
A roaring and a calm.
And we will write history and prophecies.

Because we want to.

{However, please, don’t push me.}

"But you're way too nice to be in Slytherin!"
  • NO M8
  • I NEVER GOT ANYTHING ELSE ON ANY TEST BECAUSE
  • Y'KNOW
  • BREAKING NEWS
  • SLYTHERINS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE AMBITIOUS AND CUNNING AND SHREWD, NOT RUDE
  • *finishes speech with insane gleam in my eyes and throws mic at nearest muggle who told me I was too nice to be in Slytherin*

First of all, Columbus wasn’t the first to cross the Atlantic. Nor were the vikings. Two Native Americans landed in Holland in 60 B.C. and were promptly not given a national holiday by anyone. Columbus didn’t see the enormous significance of his ability to cross the Atlantic because it wasn’t especially significant. His voyage wasn’t particularly difficult. They enjoyed smooth sailing, and nobody was threatening to throw him overboard. Despite what history books tell kids (and the Internet apparently believes), Columbus died wealthy, and with a pretty good idea of what he’d found – on his third voyage to America, he wrote in his journal, “I have come to believe that this is a mighty continent which was hitherto unknown.”

The myths surrounding him cover up the fact that Columbus was calculating, shrewd and as hungry for gold as the voice over guy in the Cash4Gold ads. When he couldn’t find enough of the yellow stuff to make his voyage profitable, he focused on enslaving Native Americans for profit. That’s how efficient Columbus was – he discovered America and invented American slavery in the same 15-year span.

There were plenty of unsuccessful, mostly horrible attempts to settle America between Columbus’ discovery and the pilgrims’ arrival. We only hear these two “settling of America” stories because history books and movies aren’t huge fans of what white people got up to between 1492 and 1620 in America – mostly digging for gold and eating each other.

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