Paul glanced at Halleck, took in the defensive positions of his guards, looked at the banker until the man lowered the water flagon. He said: “Once, on Caladan, I saw the body of a drowned fisherman recovered. He - “
"Drowned?" It was the stillsuit manufacturer’s daughter.
Paul hesitated, then: “Yes. Immersed in water until dead. Drowned.”
"What an interesting way to die," she murmured.”
russian literature: a summary
ivan ivanovich ivanov is an upper middle class student who is madly in love with maria petrovna petrova! BUT maria petrovna petrova loves dmitri dmitrivich dmitrov who is a nihilist upper middle class student!
ivan ivanovich ivanov goes through a long soul searching journey before realizing all life is petty and meaningless and eventually dying alone and unloved of tuberculosis while dmitri dmitrivich dmitrov marries maria petrovna petrova
I am a die hard Swan Queen shipper, but I’ll be honest, Swan Queen (and even the likelihood the Swan Queen will never happen) is not what upsets and hurts me most about OUAT.
The treatment of Mulan as a queer character is.
What’s sad, is that the writers probably don’t even realize it.
In an attempt to boost ratings and sensationalize the show with a single “maybe” queer character, they hinted at the potential but very intentionally not explicit possibility that Mulan was in love with Aurora.
Aurora was still in love with Philip, her “True Love,” and Mulan gave up.
Then, she disappeared. Forever.
As a fan, that entire situation says a lot to me.
It says that not only can queer characters only exist in the subtext of life, but also that queer characters are not worthy of “True Love.” They exist outside of the norms of fairytales, and therefore cannot share in the magic of those stories.
But the worst part about the whole thing is that it says that in the end, queer characters should just disappear. It says that queer characters just complicate otherwise perfect stories, and should be erased in order to make things easier and better for everyone else.
It may not have been the intention of the writers to say any of this, but it sure does say a lot about how much they value the queer community if they think a single scene is “representation.”
And you have to wonder, if they subconsciously treat their queer characters like bits of scrap paper to be tossed in the trash, how do they really feel about their queer fans?