Someone make me this.
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Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh is one of my favourite books. Chapter 2 of the second part of the novel begins with one of my favourite lines of any book:
It is time to speak of Julia, who till now has played an intermittent and somewhat enigmatic part in Sebastian’s drama.
Why do I like this line so much? It’s not particularly descriptive or poetic or exciting. It is a simple introduction. An indication of a change in direction of the narrative. But I love it because it so simply and elegantly reintroduces Julia Flyte back into the story. Prior to this she is just a small player in the book. From this moment on, she is the focal point.
How does this relate to (the imaginary) Taylor Swift? Because they are both examples of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl archetype.
I couldn’t help but react to this. I just have very strong feelings about Brideshead. One of the things that defines the MPDG is the lack of growth on their part—they exist purely as a catalyst for the happiness and/or growth of other characters, usually the saturnine or melancholy male leads. It’s a trope I have mixed feelings about because on the one hand yes we do all recognize the Elizabethtown/Garden State type of MPDG but on the other hand it does tend to reduce certain female characters to a name, when in reality they’re written as so much more. Julia Flyte is not an MPDG I believe. There *are* characters in Brideshead Revisited who do not grow—like Anthony Blanche and to some extent Rex—but Julia Flyte is actually one of the central characters and it is around her (re-)conversion that the climax of the story is built.
It’s impossible to talk about Brideshead’s characters’ growth without talking about religion. I don’t know if non-Catholics necessarily understand this—I know I didn’t back when I wasn’t truly Catholic—but the “climax” (if there is one) of the deathbed conversion of Julia’s father, and subsequently her decision to return to the fold and to not pursue her and Charles’s relationship, is built around Julia. It’s true that, like the MPDG, she serves as a catalyst for some change in the character of Charles, but only because he is there seeing the changes in HER, seeing her grow before he did.
The entire second half of the book is the story of how Julia begins to reject her Catholic beginnings, seeing them as restrictive, as she struggles against the standards of her faith and the delights and demands of the society around her (there’s this unforgettable line about how her Protestant friends could enjoy things like premarital sex or something, and get to heaven before her). It’s not a childish tantrum that spans years—she truly was in love with Rex and for a while could not understand why her family “made” it seem like she had to choose between two loves (her fidelity to her faith and her happiness with a man who had been married beforehand and who could not be annulled from his wife). All the while during her courtship and relationship with Charles we see hints that she is not truly at peace, like her comment about Catholics meaning something so different when they talk about peace, and this scathing remark she makes to Charles when he makes snide comments about religion or the papacy (“Don’t bore *me* about it!”). Everything culminates in that farewell scene after the death of her father. That is the moment we see Julia finally give in to something she had been thinking about and pushing to the back of her mind for a long time:
“I’ve always been bad. Probably I shall be bad again, punished again. But the worse I am, the more I need God. I can’t shut myself out from His mercy. … Or it may be a private bargain between me and God, that if I give up this one thing I want so much, however bad I am, He won’t quite despair of me in the end.”
Charles responds that he understands—he doesn’t fully understand right now but he understands why she’s doing what she’s doing and breaking bonds between them. The romance isn’t doomed because she’s a variant of MPDG. Eventually, and we don’t see this happening but it’s more implied off-screen, Charles undergoes a quiet conversion, illuminated by all of the things that had gone before and his memories (“which are my life, for we possess nothing certainly except the past”) of his contact with the Flytes. His growth comes a long time after hers and comes about because of her own. To reduce her to some two-dimensional construct in the same league as Zooey Deschanel’s stock characters is something I just can’t stand. She has to be one of the most complex characters I have ever seen written. Hence this reply.Source: john-anthony-james
Thanks to Tumblr user Fotocopi (who wrote about the Brideshead Revisted posters last week), I’m now the owner of this beauty. I was contemplating which poster to get but eventually settled on the one above.
Purchase your own via eBay here.
The one wonderful thing about Beautiful Creatures, which was an awful movie with a great cast, was this scene where we see Jeremy Irons’ character walk away and in that moment I could see him as he was, decades and decades ago, as Charles Ryder, still with that same stride.
I’m gonna try to break this down for y’all:
The Pope is Catholic. All Catholics believe the same, never-changing Dogma.
Francis is Catholic. Benedict XVI is Catholic. Blessed JPII was Catholic (is, in heaven, actually).
The popes are human. Just human. Which means they have each have good traits and not-so-good traits. The popes sin - this does not affect their teaching which is guided and protected by the Holy Spirit (God).
Since the pope is ONLY human, he does not and cannot embody every single virtue. He does not possess every single grace. He does not have the time or the wisdom or the ability to focus on every single aspect of Catholic teaching and morality during his papacy.
Instead, each pope must, guided by God, decide what he is to focus on during his pacy. Just as each person has different strengths and talents, so does the pope. Each pope is called to teach and lead in a unique way.
Blessed JPII was pope during the beginning of the sexual revolution as we know it. He focused a lot of energy on teaching about the sacredness of the human body and about marriage. He also focused on other things - this is just an example.
Benedict XVI focused a lot on the importance of tradition. Tradition is extremely important to Catholics - it’s why the Catholic Church still exists today. He wanted to ground Catholics in the foundations of the Church and a deep understanding of theology and liturgy.
Francis is focusing a lot on humility and love. He recognizes that the world is in dire need of love and of a true understanding of love, and he is trying to teach us the reasons behind Catholic teachings and the undeniable fact that every single Catholic teaching is rooted in the identity of God - Love.
None of these conflict with each other. The sacredness of human sexuality, the importance of tradition, the centrality of love - they are all different aspects of our wonderful religion.
The Catholic Church is over 2000 years old. Just because somebody doesn’t explain the entire history minute-for-minute in one sitting doesn’t mean they disagree with any of her teachings.
If you’re still confused, message me. Better yet, actually take the time to read the writings of the last few popes. Read with an open mind. Read to understand. And I think you’ll see that they all agree.
AMEN! This post summarizes exactly how we should interpret Pope Francis.
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I am so, so, so, so tired.
61 new patients. 40 of them new so you have to do the whole SOAP. And only one resident and one intern (me).
I’m so tired. And a bit resentful. And very hoarse now and my right index and little fingers are sore from all that charting.
I’ve spent the past few hours rewatching episodes of The Mindy Project and googling things about Siamese cats and about how to make your cats love you more. It’s ridiculous but I somehow feel like the presence of at least one affectionate cat is an absolute requirement for my future happiness. Especially since, for some time now, I’ve been slowly circling round the conclusion that I would rather be alone for the rest of my life than settle for a partner who’s not a great fit. This means that I’m looking at a future of singlehood, possibly with the inclusion of three to five adopted children, and for some time before those adoptions that future will be really lonely. And warrant lots of cats.
GODDAMMIT GODDAMMIT FUCK
IS ALL OF THAT PURRING COMING FROM THAT TINY THING
OH MY GOODNESS IT’S SO VOCAL IT’S ADORABLE!!!
yo guys all siamese are like this. very loud/vocal/talkative, and very, very needy/affectionate
It sounds like a big ol’ motorcycle engine in a teeny-tiny kitty body XD!
This made me miss my Siamese kitty so much that I actually started crying. </3 They need to spend a lot of time with you when they’re kittens so they will be affectionate with you when they’re older. I lost that opportunity while I was away in med school and now I can’t even get him to sit still to take a photo.
OK getting over emotional about a reblog.
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fun prank; tell women they’re only good for romance, sex, and having children. and then laugh at them for wanting romance, shame them for having sex, and act like they have to give up all facets of their personalities if they become mothers
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yooo everybody. my mom and i were goofing around and found this seriously FUCKED UP site. all your information, (phone number, nam, address even) is available for 2.99. like everything. please watch this video on how to remove it. (im not sure if it’s there for minors, but if you’ve ever owned/rented a house you’re definitely there. it’s worth checking it out to make sure.)
video on how to remove information. : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPFLagxnDsA
fucked up website: http://www.spokeo.com/
also, if you’ve lived in more than one place/state it has you multiple times, remove all of your profile things. (it had my mom 4 times, all over our state. even from when she lived in a house 9 years ago.)
SIGNAL BOOST THIS SHIT
YES THERE ARE MINORS ON HERE ALSO I JUST CHECKED ME AND IT HAS MY ~PERSONAL~ INFO ON THERE
This is very concerning. I just spent the last ten minutes removing my entire family (including my 14-year-old sister) from the site.
Cool Mom Tech has a guide on how to take your information off the site if for some reason you can’t watch the above video.
Just to inform everyone, it’s American only, but it’s real. I’ve found 3 of my friends already with this sight and the only reason I knew it was them was because I happen to have their address. PLEASE CONFIRM IF YOU ARE ON THIS SITE AND IF YOU ARE, REMOVE YOURSELF. NOW.
I’m screaming internally because I just searched up a handful of my friends who live in America.. and found every single one of them without fail. This is scary.
this is disgusting. I’m already paranoid enough about my safety from running an online business, and here’s a site with all my info plus a photo of my house. removing all my family…
Passing this around again in case anyone missed it the first time.
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