the young chevalier

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Audrey + People:

With Ava Gardner (Via timelessaudrey); Bette Davis (Via onthesetwithaudreyhepburn); Rex Harrison and Joan Crawford (Here); Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti; Billy Wilder, Mel Ferrer, Maurice Chevalier and James Stewart; Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, Mel Ferrer, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner; Barbra Streisand; Loretta Young (Here); Gene Kelly (Here); Gina Lollobrigida.

Laurens is chosen for a task because he’s...reckless. He’s reckless.

3 weeks after Brandywine, Washington engages the British again at Germantown. Laurens is hit “by a musket ball, which went through the fleshy part of his shoulder.” Unaffected by the injury, Laurens presses on and before long the 2 sides are at a stalemate with the British holed up in a brick building. They fire cannon, but it’s ineffective. They send an officer with a white flag to the house requesting that they surrender, however they respond by shooting him. 

Massey: “The stalemate called for desperate measures, or so concluded a vigorous and impetuous young Frenchman, the Chevalier de Mauduit Du Plessis. Out of the group of American officers, Du Plessis singled out John Laurens, another man more amenable to action than deliberation. Du Plessis proposed to Laurens a daring plan.”

The plan was to smoke the British out of Chew House. Both men approached the house and while Du Plessis forced open a lower floor shutter, Laurens piled straw to light. A redcoat demanded Du Plessis explain what he was doing, to which he replied, “I’m only taking a walk.” 

Massey: “As the officer commanded Du Plessis to surrender, another redcoat walked in the room and fired a shot,  but hit his comrade by mistake, whereupon Du Plessis quickly made his escape. John, who had approached the door with sword in hand, also withdrew, but received “a blow in his side from a spent ball.” A minor injury that only caused minor swelling.”

Photo: britishbattles.com of Chew House during the battle.

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Ruan Trevelyan, Orlesian Fashion Victim

“Orlesian style is form over function almost to a fault. Wild hairstyles, elaborate and impractical masks, and flowing, layered garb is typical of the nobility.” (The Art of Dragon Age: Inquisition)

In 9:25 Dragon, While living in Val Royeaux, an eighteen-year-old Ruan joined the Academie des Chevaliers against his father’s wishes. Desperate to fit in, the young Marcher discarded the sober style of his pious family and adopted the flamboyant fashions of a young chevalier. The debts he ran up in the process lasted for years… The private pangs of embarrassment whenever he thought back to that time lasted a lifetime. 

(This fit of character-creator madness was inspired partly by the dashing mustachioed fellow in the DA:I Artbook… and partly by the inimitable style of Napoleonic cavalryman)

Guilt and Forgiveness in Outlander

A long while back, @aruza83 and I had a chat about the ways that guilt and forgiveness are addressed in the Outlander series and I’ve had it sitting in my drafts as something to write an analysis about since then. Part of why it’s taken me so long to get around to it is that it’s addressed from so many perspectives and angles, it’s proving a difficult subject to get a coherent handle on. There are the aspects in the books that speak to various religious doctrines and practices; there’s the question of the guilt one feels versus the responsibility one bears; there’s forgiveness of others and how that differs from forgiveness of oneself. 

So rather than try to condense this subject down into one massive post, I’ve decided instead to examine some of my favorite scenes in the books (and possibly the show) that address these topics in a series of posts. (And yes, I do still have a few unfinished analysis series in my drafts that I promise I will eventually get back to but also, feel free to send more ideas, questions, etc. to my inbox or send me a message via chat).

To start, I’m going back to the end of the first book. 

Claire’s Confession

I think that it’s interesting that in the book, Claire makes her confession to Father Anselm after she ransoms Jamie’s soul while the show chose to place that scene before she gets through to Jamie and pulls him back. As someone who was raised (but has since lapsed) in Catholicism, this placement afterwards feels like a more natural position for this scene and its relationship to everything else in this part of the book. Once Jamie is on the mend, Claire can finally let herself process everything that has happened and begin to really feel the guilt of what she had to do in the process of saving him from Wentworth and the role her actions and her choices made in how events came about. It is a chapter of their lives that Claire is looking to move on from and Confession with the promise of an absolution is one way that she might begin moving forward. 

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