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off to Canada

so we, the clan of wandering monsters, are going to wander our way up to Parc National du Mont-Orford for a few days, stopping at Bread and Puppets Museum on our way, and carrying Terry Pratchett's Equal Rites with us (since we finished Mort recently, which we all loved) and maybe Pride and Prejudice too, and possibly Le Mort D'Arthur too, a big good-for-pressing-flowers-sized volume that, if we read it assiduously, will get us all talking oldspeak perfectly.

this is a useful skill. In the story I'm writing, someone tells a story, and although the main story is in ordinary speak, the story-within-a-story is in oldspeak. And, if you're not careful, you mess it up.... "And she was passing fair, and he said, 'maiden, wilt thou not tarry a while?' and she replied, 'sir, bar not my passing, I'm in a hurry.'" Doiiiing! Doesn't quite work, right?

actually, my story-in-a-story isn't quite THAT oldspeak. I don't use that archaic intimate second person.

There was a funny Calvin and Hobbes in which Calvin and his mother talk in Shakespeare talk:

mother: whither goest thou, young rogue? Can there remain some villainy thou hast not yet committed?
Calvin: thou dost wrong me! faith, I know not where I wander; methinks the most capricious zephyr hath more design than I. But lo, do not detain me, for I am resolved to quit this place forthwith.

... and there was more, but my informant can't remember the rest. pretty good, huh?

I'm hiding in LJ. I'm hiding in LJ with earphones on, listening to music and avoiding my surroundings. It reminds me a little bit of the Kate Bush song "Deeper Understanding." Well, I had better resurface and, you know, go do something...



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Aug. 21st, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
Have fun in Canada!

Your Calvin & Hobbes quote reminded me of this (rather OLDERspeak): Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog.

There's an LJ feed somewhere, if you like it...
Aug. 22nd, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
Woot! Today's entry in the Chaucer blog is about Snakes on a Plane--I mean, Serpentes on a Shippe! This is great; I want the feed :-)
Aug. 24th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Aug. 25th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
Aug. 22nd, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
The pay-off line in the C&H strip you mention is Calvin complaining to his mother: "Holy schlamoly, isn't there a cop show on where they talk like real people?" It is not one of his clearer gags, but I think it has to do with ordinary English being like Shakespearean when compared with the curious lingo of HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS and the like.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 07:02 am (UTC)
That's right, *that's* how it ended! I think, then, that what Calvin is saying is not that ordinary English is like Shakespearian compared with the way people talk on cop shows, but rather, that he wants to watch a cop show because in cop shows people talk like "real people"--as compared with the way people talk in a Shakespearian drama, which is what his mother is watching (... if that *is* what his mother is watching. I'll have to dig up the actual strip and take a look).
Aug. 22nd, 2006 08:38 am (UTC)
A wonderful time, I hopeth you have, oh fair Matron and lovely familia. (I don't have a clue, as you can tell.)
Aug. 22nd, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
Have a good time earth mother. I am going out for curry tonight to celebrate my birthday, something that Morts death would do.
You can get a really good comic of that story.
Aug. 25th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
My kids just told me about that comic! I have to find it!
Aug. 22nd, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
Have a great time! And my little "Calvin" is reading his Calvin & Hobbes book at the top of his lungs, AGAIN, right now!
Aug. 26th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Wow, that's good reading! Way to go, little C! Healing angel, who is, as I recall, about 2 or 3 years older than Caleb, likes to be read to but doesn't read much on his own--though today he was reading ahead in Equal Rites, our current Terry Pratchett book. (I told him he couldn't let on about what happens next.)
Aug. 22nd, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yay for Le Mort D'Arthur!

And, I agree with James. I shall also refer to you as Earth Mother! ^_^
Aug. 26th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
yay, if I'm an Earth Mother I get to have flowers in my hair.
Aug. 24th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
Yea Calvin! Yea Canada and yea you!

Have big fun. :)
Aug. 26th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! will post about the adventures bit by bit :-)
Sep. 5th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Entire quote
"Wither goest thou, young rogue? Can there yet remain some villainy thou hast not committed?"
"Thou dost wrong me! I know not where I wander. Methinks the most capricious zephyr hath more design than I. But lo: do not detain me, for I am resolv'd to quit this place forethwith."
"Ay, but hear you this, I'll soon know thy business. Get the gone, wastrel."
"By my troth, I am off."
--"Holy schlamoly! Isn't there a cop show on where they talk like real people?"

(I know you already had most of it, but I think the end is funny too. The best C&H strip ever! That's part of what I loved about Bill Waterson. There are a bunch of Shakespearean quotes in his strips. And he definitely doesn't dumb down Calvin's normal speech, either, in the other strips.)
Sep. 6th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Re: Entire quote
The whole thing is definitely excellent--do love that Bill Waterson!
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