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aqueerjedi  asked:

What did the dog and crow frefer to?? Please, don't do this suspense thing.

OH RIGHT I FORGOT TO FINISH THAT 

so in Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice snarks at Benedick 

“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me” 

which has always been one of my favourite lines, but, fool that I am, I took it at face value and thought it was just Beatrice saying that she finds a man’s love so undesirable and inconsequential she’d prefer to hear a dog yelling at a bird

BUT NO

IT FINALLY DAWNED ON ME WHAT THE BARD WAS SAYING WITH THAT LINE

the choice of a dog barking at a crow has a very specific connotation in context

There is a legend you may know, that of the Wild Hunt - people believed that when tempests blew, ghostly hunters and spectral hounds rode across the earth. Dogs would howl and bark in response to this spectral pack, and this was seen as a death omen. It’s tied up with hell hound legends from Germany, the Cŵn Annwn in Welsh, and our modern myths of hell hounds springing out of the underworld to kill or collect souls. 

The crow was also a bad omen, but there was also a legendary bird variously called the “night-crow” or “night-raven” - also called nycticorax. This “night-raven” is a common literary device that is said to bode evil. Later on in Much Ado, in fact, we hear Benedick say of a man’s singing:

An he had been a dog that should have howled thus,
they would have hanged him: and I pray God his bad
voice bode no mischief. I had as lief have heard the
night-raven, come what plague could have come after
it.

Once again, dog and raven/crow imagery. Another example of the lovers unconsciously mirroring each other, BUT IMPORTANTLY FOR US Benedick specifically prays a howling dog “bode no mischief” and that he’d rather listen to the night-raven cry - even if it means calamity - than hear any more of this singing.

There is a theory that this legendary bird, the night-crow or night-raven which augurs death, is a misidentified owl or bittern; but there is another theory that the legend of the night-crow sprang up through the legend of the Hunt. There are folk tales which tell of two ravens following the Hunt (Odin’s two ravens, no doubt), and in Danish folklore the night raven precedes the Hunt. Basically, this idea of a nocturnal black corvid which presages death may come from the Wild Hunt and the death omens of tempests and clamouring dogs, all of which were adopted into literary symbolism. The night-crow/night-raven recurs a lot in Shakespeare and contemporary plays.

Thus, in Henry VI Part 3, it is said that at Gloucester/Richard III’s birth:

The night-crow cried, aboding luckless time;
Dogs howl’d, and hideous tempest shook down trees;

Storm, crow, dog. The Wild Hunt, in other words, and the worst omen of all, presaging death, evil and destruction.

So, to get back to the point, what Beatrice is saying when she declares “I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me” is that she would rather listen to the most bone-chilling omen an Elizabethan could encounter, the sound of crows and dogs clamouring which presages imminent death and great evil rather than suffer for one instant a simpering confession of love from a man.

And to give Benedick his due, he makes a similar declaration that a man’s singing is so fucking atrocious he’d rather hear the same horrific omen than listen to one more verse of an insipid love song

#made for each other, amirite?

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“some days are hard,
some days are better
than others…

what everyone else
tells you is a lie;

it doesn’t hurt
less over time,
it hurts
all the same
no matter what.

but you stay
in that hurt
less and less
everyday.

and though the
nights of staying
up all night
never really stop,

there will be
some nights
that, finally,
you will be able
to sleep in peace,
too.”

sleep well tonight (11/15/17), thekaijusleeps


It’s been hard, but it does get a little easier guys.

I hope you all sleep well…I hope she does too.

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For this week’s photo, Ayachan shared a picture she took with Yaguchi Mari! Yaguchi Mari is a former member of Morning Musume, and she’s currently the host of Tuesday TheNIGHT. They appeared together at the AbemaTV 1st Anniversary press conference last week, and Yaguchi-san was really nice to Ayachan and even wanted to take a picture with her!

This made Ayachan really happy, since she was a fan of Yaguchi-san during her time in Morning Musume and Minimoni. Ayachan was in elementary school at the time, and this was a really tough time for her. She was nerdy and didn’t have any friends, and she was even bullied. She hated going to school, but it was thanks to Morning Musume that she kept on going and doing her best! She said that it’s probably because of Morning Musume that she ever wanted to become an idol in the first place, and when she was young she actually wished that she could be a part of Minimoni!

Ayachan said that Yaguchi-san was so kind, that it reminded her of something. She said “The person I like was so kind. The happy times have increased.” That’s a line from Morning Musume’s classic song “ThePeace!”

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Call her moonchild

Dancing in the shallows of a river

Lovey moonchild

Dreaming in the shadow

of the willow.

Talking to the trees of the 

cobweb strange

Sleeps on the steps of a fountain

Waving silver wands to the

night-birds song

Waiting for the sun on the mountain.

Artemis

🎉 | Nunchiwrites 1000 Followers | Appreciation Post | 🎉

Wow… I’m not good with words you guys, but suffice to say that I never in a million years expected to make it to one freaking thousand followers… I’m-… You guys just deserve the world, genuinely. So, without further ado, here are some (if not all?) the people I would like to personally thank. They are the ones who deserve the credit for allowing this little derp blog to come so far. I’m sorry if this is a little rushed! If I could I would spent hours on this, but I have to pack soon ;~; Just know that I could never put into words how my heart is overcome with joy whenever I interact with you all~

Originally posted by wongearng

A quick shoutout to my Shy, Tough, Octopus, Bunny, Clover, and Sekai Anons, as well as everyone who has ever sent me an encouraging anon message in the past!!


Beautiful Authors/Artists

That I look up to on a daily basis and love, as well as fangirl over miscellaneous talented works

| @baekhyuns-abs | @besternatexo | @chanyeolspout | @dream-exo-fantasy | @fairyscribbles |

|  @forexcapism | @kimjongdaely | @kpoppantydrop | @onlylovekpop | @pabosontheloose

@pandabearlikes | @pebble-xo | @writings-by-cl | @xiustories | @xiuminsm

@exosmutxoxo | @lovesehunright | @soowritings | @gwaenchanhajagiya | @oh-beyond

@yeol-stole-my-soul | @mini-minhyuk | @writing-bout-you | @musicoverlove | @exosmuttytalk

@ask-kimseokjin | @btsxexoxtrash | @oh-so-scenarios | @xiumin-on-this-shit | @rolliepollieyeolie

@kollectionn | @infiressi | @kpoppsluff | @sountouchableman | @exo-smut

@daewritings | @yehet-sebooty-ohorat | @pixelbyun@kaori-yuki-chan | @the-porcelain-doll-xo | @kittcatdoesartstuff | @sooberri


Amazing Readers And Friends

The people I owe the credit of 1k to; the ones who took one look at my trash and said “Yes, I need more of this.” (For a reason I have yet to grasp)

|  @mashirokuma | @melyyexo | @elvencantation | @minimilkiway | @empress-chianti | @aleaexo | @fangirl-aka-maniac | @seattleite—exo-l

@princess-ellaxo | @lxrixna | @pcy-cupid-me | @night-n-sky | @lexy4020 | @chanyeolsabs | @chibijk | @baekhyunslightsaber | @vinnythecorgi |

@rivaereforlife | @fillmybrokenheart | @seattleite—exo-l | @markmeevil | @nevertoomanystuffedanimals | @mariomarsmari | @wildd-dreamerr |

@rogue-writer14 | @thenight-can-bedeadly | @vivianhuynh77 | @didiknowyou | @yeollieollie | @xarmytrashx | @li-forshort |

@cuestory | @misstakenbyme-1134 | @ohmanholychimchim | @hyamori | @k-reativewriting | @eluquence | @taemins-dolphin

@alwaysinfoodmood | @lottotrash | @tousdae | @li-forshort | @sebootyforlife@got-7bangtan-boys | @paark-haaraa | @lottotrash



I apologize if I listed anyone twice, or not at all, and if I didn’t PLEASE LET ME KNOW I WILL GIVE YOU LOVE AND CHOCOLATE AND HEARTS AND FLOWERS TO MAKE UP FOR IT OKAY??

But in all seriousness, I don’t take a single one of you amazing people for granted.

I couldn’t have asked for a better stay here on tumblr thus far, and it’s my hope is to keep this blog running for as long as I have fingers to type and an active brain to think. Here’s to more jokes, memories, tears, laughs, and a butt ton of drama-filled chapters~


Originally posted by angel-in-slow-motion

~pisces

she dissolves into the rain
and she bleeds rainbows across the
night light
sometimes she pulls the halo from around her head
to strangle herself
to stop breathing in everything and anything
a faucet leaks from her chest
blurring feelings with running water
no wonder she just wants to hold forever

| Nunchiwrites 800 Followers | Appreciation Masterpost |


I’ve never done one of these before so I don’t quite know if I’m doing this correctly, and I apologize if I’m not. I just have to start off by saying that I’m just completely flabbergasted. I didn’t create this blog with the intent of having so much as 100 followers, let alone 800!? I was content with updating Devil’s Advocate for the 5-10 people who found it interesting, and now almost every chapter is above 100 notes?? (not to mention White Noise is almost to 300??) You guys are truly incredible. I mean it~

So, without further ado, I’ve decided to split this post up into role models/senpais, mutuals, and exemplary followers. These are all the people I have to personally thank for encouraging me and/or inspiring me!

Keep reading

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Ranking in 2nd place in the “Kami Corner Best 5” countdown was the segment that Ayachan called the sexiest segment of the show so far!

It was the segment from the June 16th, 2017 episode which featured two models in swimsuits! Ayachan was in charge of using the handheld camera to show off the suits, and she made sure to thoroughly examine all the details!