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do you know what the definition of a hero is? someone who gets other people killed. you can look it up later | serenity (2005)

6 hours ago on July 25th, 2014 | J | 2,291 notes
6 hours ago on July 25th, 2014 | J | 207,810 notes

lostsplendor:

"Why was Goody Garlick, accused of witchcraft in 1658, spared the fate that would befall the women of Massachusetts decades later" - via Smithsonianmag

22 hours ago on July 24th, 2014 | J | 72 notes

sab-cat:

ladyhistory:

You know what pisses me off about discussing history on this site?

When I find something genuinely amusing about a historical person and post about it like “HAH! Weren’t history people funny and interesting?” and tumblr people feel the need to reblog it like “Oh,…

22 hours ago on July 24th, 2014 | J | 643 notes
Romeo can’t really be blamed for Ophelia’s death.
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Senior English major on a Shakespeare final. (via minininny)

WELL THEY’RE NOT WRONG

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How about this, though?

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[Editorial Note: This “theory” depends on believing the Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet take place contemporaneously. So, for the sake of argument, let’s all agree that the events of both plays occur in the Spring of 1517 (chosen because of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, and the Reformational threads that run through Hamlet).]

See, in the Second Quarto and First Folio versions of Romeo and Juliet, a[n extremely minor] character appears with Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio at the Capulet’s Party (where, if you recall, Romeo meets Juliet for the first time).

Like Hamlet's Horatio, this Horatio is full of well-worded philosophical advice. He tells Romeo “And to sink in it should you burden love, too great oppression for a tender thing.”

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Fig. 1 - Second Quarto Printing

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Fig. 2 - First Folio Printing

[The American Shakespeare Center’s Education Blog discusses the likely “real” reasons for Horatio’s presence]

Let’s imagine that Horatio has travelled down from Wittenberg (about 540 miles) to Verona for his Spring Break. He hears about some guys who like to party (because, let’s be honest, besides getting stabbed, partying is Mercutio’s main thing). So, he ends up crashing the Capulet’s ball with them.

He is then on the sidelines as Romeo and Juliet fall in love, Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo kills Tybalt, Romeo gets banished, and both lovers are found dead in Juliet’s tomb.

This tragedy fresh in his mind, he returns to Wittenberg at the end of what has turned out to be a decidedly un-radical Spring Break and discovers that his bestie Prince Hamlet is leaving for Elsinore Castle because he’s just gotten news that his father, the King, is dead.

On the trip up (another ~375 miles), Horatio recounts the tragic romance he just witnessed in Verona. He advises (as he is wont to do) Hamlet not to mix love and revenge.

Hamlet takes Horatio’s advice to heart, breaking up with Ophelia so that he can focus is energy on discovering and punishing his father’s killer:

HAMLET
Ay, truly; for the power of beauty will sooner
transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the
force of honesty can translate beauty into his
likeness: this was sometime a paradox, but now the
time gives it proof. I did love you once.

OPHELIA

Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so.

HAMLET

You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot
so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it: I loved you not.

Ophelia - burdened by the perceived loss of Hamlet’s love and his murder of her father - goes mad and drowns herself.

You see, if Romeo had waited literally a minute and thirty seconds longer (31 iambic pentametrical lines) - he, Juliet, Ophelia (and possibly the rest of the Hamlet characters) would have made it.

* With thanks to roguebelle.

(via thefeminineending)

Buncha fuckin nerds in this town.

(via moriartini)

The Hamratiophelia Conspiracy Theory ftw

(via zahnie)

22 hours ago on July 24th, 2014 | J | 72,385 notes

The Washburnes: Little Moments pt 2/?

"Wasn’t plannin’ on the dirt kissin’, sir."

"I wouldn’t stand for it, anyway, Captain, jealous man like me."

22 hours ago on July 24th, 2014 | J | 702 notes

kaywinnetleetam:

I am so done with people going, “Kaylee can’t be innocent! She likes to have sex!” When I put together that gifset, neither I nor Nathan (who the quote is from and is the one who said Kaylee is representative of of Mal’s lost innocence) meant that she is chaste. No, she is…

22 hours ago on July 24th, 2014 | J | 506 notes

burntlikethesun:

endless list of favourite characters: martha jones

"I spent a lot of time with you thinking I was second best, but you know what? I am good."

22 hours ago on July 24th, 2014 | J | 4,187 notes

darkanachronism:

haxardagron:

ophelia-pain:

You ever have those moments where, just out of nowhere, you’re hit with a rock-hard Halloween boner? You are suddenly consumed with desire for pumpkin spice flavored everything, orange and black decorations everywhere you look, skulls,…

22 hours ago on July 24th, 2014 | J | 20,614 notes

beggars-opera:

lizzywhimsy:

The Bro Fist Buddies T shirt is now available HERE 

I LOVE BB SEWARD SO MUCH

3 weeks ago on July 3rd, 2014 | J | 45 notes
neil-gaiman:

librarydreaming:

I made this today…I should get out more. Armchair casting is on the short list of my favorite dumb games. 

notahyper-specific said: Who was your old pick?

When the book came out 14 years ago, I thought Vin Diesel would work. He’s way too old now. Sorry Vin. 

Let the casting games begin! (Er. Again.)

neil-gaiman:

librarydreaming:

I made this today…I should get out more. Armchair casting is on the short list of my favorite dumb games. 

notahyper-specific said: Who was your old pick?

When the book came out 14 years ago, I thought Vin Diesel would work. He’s way too old now. Sorry Vin. 

Let the casting games begin! (Er. Again.)

3 weeks ago on July 3rd, 2014 | J | 1,988 notes
3 weeks ago on July 3rd, 2014 | J | 296,972 notes

likeafieldmouse:

Joschi Herczeg and Daniele Kaehr - Explosions, 2010 - custom-built detonator connected to cameras and synchronized to photograph at the moment of explosion

3 weeks ago on July 3rd, 2014 | J | 19,541 notes

toadelevatingmoment:

But Confucius has answered them with the final whistle, it’s all over. Germany, having trounced England’s famous midfield trio of Bentham, Locke and Hobbes in the semi-final, have been beaten by the odd goal.

3 weeks ago on July 3rd, 2014 | J | 189,039 notes
3 weeks ago on July 3rd, 2014 | J | 3,762 notes