Uncle Paul’s letters

midwinterblossom:

april-rainer asked me if I could translate Uncle Paul’s letters at the end of Busman’s Honeymoon and since I clearly have nothing else to do with myself tonight I tried to do so. Bear in mind that these are a minefield of unusual tenses and reflexive verbs so 1) the translation is open to interpretation and 2) my French is kind of rusty so I might be wrong. And 3) I went through after and tried to make things sound a bit more like Uncle Paul and less like “I just translated this with my trusty dictionary.” I love that the innuendos were there even before the cleanup (me: “so does “raidis-toi” mean figuratively pull yourself together, or literally stiffen yourself? And oh god why would I even think that thought near Lord Peter Wimsey ugh now I feel dirty”), and that the tone is so different between the two letters.

Paul to Harriet:

"My dear Niece—I hope that my absurd, but on the whole agreeable nephew is contriving to fill your cup with the wine of life. May an old man who knows him well remind you that what is wine to you is bread to him. You are too sensible to be offended by all this silliness. My nephew is not sensible at all – he is somewhat sensible and rather more sensitive. He has as much need of you as you do of him; be generous, for he has a nature that can never be spoiled. He needs to be wanted and to give his heart away; don’t refuse him even that small pleasure. Coldness, teasing even, will kill him; he doesn’t know how to impose himself, and he finds that kind of chase completely repugnant. But you already know all this, so do excuse me! I can tell that you have already figured this out, and I know that his well-being (and yours) is dear to both of you. With that in place, he will be a vendor of happiness to the woman who wants it; I think you will find that he will be able to please you very much. To make him happy, you have only to be happy yourself; he doesn’t do well with the suffering of others. So please accept, my dearest niece, my most sincere good wishes.” 

Paul to Peter:

“That woman is going to be your fixed point in a busy world [literal translation turns out to be “fulcrum” which is not at all romantic in English, but ties so well to Harriet’s sonnet in Gaudy Night that I thought I’d expand it]. So far, she’s known only the messy parts of love; with you, she will learn the delights. She will find in you unforeseen tenderness and consideration, and she will learn to appreciate it. But even so, my boy, no weakness! She’s not stupid or ditzy; she’s very smart and she wants to think her way out of her problems. It would be a bad idea to be too submissive, though; she won’t be grateful for it. It would be a much better idea to charm her; she can always decide otherwise later. You need to win her. I am positive that she would show herself magnanimous. Try not to be too mushy – or at least, keep that for private moments where it won’t get mixed up in something else. In all other circumstances, use that smart side I know you have in you somewhere. At your ages, you both need to mean it; one doesn’t want to get into a situation where one is buying mad embraces and forcing heartbreaking cries [seriously, I am not sure if he means “it would be awkward for you to have to go to a prostitute” or “you don’t want to be in a situation where you’re both faking it” but either way he’s not pulling punches]. Buck up and make sure you get the respect of your wife; she’s bringing the brains and you are bringing the best way to let her never get bored…”

There aren’t many of us here on tumblr, but Peter and Harriet fans are the best ever.

NMTD Fan Game #1

patmolandcornedrue:

Name: Rain
Favourite TV show? Elementary

Fellow Elementary/NMTD fan!

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sarilys:

I like to think the birds of Prey would take selfies.  Might print this for comic-con yay!.

I miss these dorks. So much. DAAARK VENGEANCE!

sarilys:

I like to think the birds of Prey would take selfies.  Might print this for comic-con yay!.

I miss these dorks. So much. DAAARK VENGEANCE!

(via helenabertinellihuntress)

heyice:

Jane Bennet

Favorite Jane, done so prettily! So good!

heyice:

Jane Bennet

Favorite Jane, done so prettily! So good!

flutish:

I find it interesting that though a lot of us watch Green Gables Fables, we rarely have much to argue about/discuss, and the tag isn’t particularly active. I feel almost like we’re all so comfortable with Anne as a character and person that there’s little to add - she’s a vlogger we like, gets into silly age-appropriate antics, and her life is progressing beautifully.

All that just means that Green Gables Fables is doing a fantastic job of adapting Anne of Green Gables. And though I rarely have what to add, I want to make that clear: Green Gables Fables is nailing the low-key drama and pervasive sweetness of the original, all the while coming off as the most realistic casual vlogging of any adaptation. And while I maybe don’t talk about it very often, it’s really lovely and well-deserving of more frequent praise.

Agreed. It’s pretty much great. My only wish is for more episodes. :)

ramannoodles20:

Well, I was hoping for a new one, Watch-themed.

I really did like your idea for a Watch-themed game (thank you for your suggestions by the way, you’re one of the few people who always answers when I ask for them) so it will happen, but I have noticed that some of the newer fans are slightly overwhelmed by the number of fan-games and have expressed frustration over having missed the last few, so I thought I would get an idea of whether people would rather skip this week or not.

Ah, I see. That makes sense. I still like doing new ones, though. :)

Selfie :)

So, I was looking forward to this show, and now that the pilot has been released online early at Hulu and abc.com, I watched it. I quite enjoyed it, though, predictably, since I did enjoy it, the critics are almost universally disliking it. I’m hoping it will be critically panned but popular in ratings, but we’ll see if that happens (the last new sitcom I liked, Enlisted, was critically liked, but very poor in ratings - maybe that will reverse this year. But unlikely.) Most critics’ objections seem to be gender related or from a place of television watching that I can’t match (I try really, really hard to keep my shows down to about 2, but I usually fail. Still, that’s a lot less than I think most TV critics generally watch for their careers.)

We’ll see where they go from here, since they’ve already used up a lot of the rather sparse plot points from the original play/musical, but I enjoyed the characters and style enough that I hope for good things.

peterwigggin said: if you and dink had a best dutch friends forever party would u invite bean and achilles

lockestheway:

ibmiller:

lockestheway:

bean can come as long as he brings the mayo. achilles has to stand in the corner and not partake of pannenkoeken until he can behave like a normal human being. and he’d be lucky to be invited. belgian.

Pennenkoeken!

But what do you do with the mayo?

you put it on the fries!

What! You don’t put anything on fries! :(

peterwigggin said: if you and dink had a best dutch friends forever party would u invite bean and achilles

lockestheway:

bean can come as long as he brings the mayo. achilles has to stand in the corner and not partake of pannenkoeken until he can behave like a normal human being. and he’d be lucky to be invited. belgian.

Pannenkoeken!

But what do you do with the mayo?

WHOA

alcarohtareseere:

I was reading the comments on youtube, and someone pointed out that at 1:20 Pedro tells the girl with the cell phone to film the fight.

Wow, I did not catch that - thanks! That’s a really great choice by the production. It allows him to take the role of Don Pedro while keeping the words (which are cut way, way down, as the actions and reactions are brilliantly telling the story) focused on the accusations.

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