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Must Missy meander musingly?

the-purple-dragon:

Israel Was Tried For War Crimes Today, The Testimony Will Break Your Heart

momo33me:

“More than 90% of Gaza’s agricultural output destroyed by Israel over summer, almost all farms destroyed. Israel destroyed 220 factories in Gaza, this constitutes around 70% of Gaza’s industrial output gone. There was no military justification for the destruction of these factories whatsoever. I stayed in Gaza for one month in a house with 72 Palestinian civilians, 60 of whom had been displaced. It was overcrowded, tap water isn’t working anymore, we had to buy fuel, we had to bake our own bread as none available in shops. 220 factories were completely destroyed during the 7 weeks of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge. Israel has succeeded in turning a functional economy in Gaza into a third world territory in just 8 years, through the blockade and four large scale military assaults. Israel is not only attacking systematically civilians in their homes, but systematically destroying the economy of Gaza to make people dependent on aid.”

“This is a systematic attack to rid Palestinians from the land. If you are an 8 yr old child in Gaza today, you have survived 4 of these onslaughts – 2006, 2008/9, 2012 and 2014. What does this do to a child? To their feeling of safety? To their outlook on the world? The medical system of Gaza was already on its knees before the summer attacks due to Israeli blockade” “This is a medical disaster – the capacity for treatment is massively exceeded by medical needs. Such disaster often happen in natural disasters like earthquakes or tsunamis…but Gaza was deliberate, controlled and executed by the Israelis.”

Chapter 6, 7, 8 Prompt

deconstructinghannibal:

Apologies for the delay again. We are back on track and prompts will be posted once a week every Friday.

Ah, we are introduced to a new major character in chapter 6, Mason, who mysteriously has access to some interesting documents - namely Dr. Lecter’s recent letter to Clarice - and…

Hannibal Chapters 3 & 4 Prompt

myotherblacknotebook:

missydandylion:

[Prompt x]

After reading the Tattler article about the raid, do you think media coverage on this event will continue to smear Clarice’s reputation, and could a tabloid publication really have any influence on the future of her career?

The tabloid media in Thomas Harris novels seems to be a…

"Crawford may be manipulative in the pursuit of succeeding at the task at hand - getting the bad guy or whatever the case may be - but his intention to get the job done never seemed to be about ambitions in his career."

So here’s a question based on your statement above. Do you think his position (empty emotional life, lack of passion) is a warning to Clarice about the emotional/personal consequences of staying with the Bureau?

Or are their cases significantly different?

It states (Chap 5, I think) that Clarice craved advancement, is this a significant difference between her and Jack? Does this mean her lack of advancement makes her more like him? Does she want to be?

Hope you don’t mind the questions, your answers made me think of this.

I don’t mind at all! Those are very interesting questions to bring up and I hadn’t really thought of that before. I think they give her something to consider in some ways, but I think she sees their situations differently. While he could be higher up in rank and certainly has the connections to do that, he is personally held back by his exhaustion with the process throughout the years and the private grief he probably still suffers. It is something he chooses, even if it is due to circumstance.

Clarice, despite her best efforts, is held back by the powerful men in a system geared against her. And it’s not like she made too many friends in the process. Her strife within the bureau is caused by abuses of power brought on by the resentment and envy of those who cannot stand to see her as their equal, let alone superior.

Clarice craves advancement because she wants to prove herself worthy of the position, worthy of her parents. She had always done this by getting the scholarship or making the team. She believes that if she wants something enough, she can get it through hard work and sheer dedication; she grew up successfully navigating institutions and making her way up until she got to the FBI. It seems, at this point, she didn’t make nice with the right people - refuses to, even - and they are making her suffer for it.

But you have to hand it to her - seven years and she’s still trying. Although, things might work out a bit differently now with her recent “fiasco”. So, no, it doesn’t make her more like him. There is a force actively acting against her, so she sees her situation entirely different from Crawford’s, although his jadedness, along with her own, may begin to send a clearer message to her about the system she’s working within. She may identify with him in that way and also through their shared work ethic.

What do you think?

I’m trying to make my answer apply to the chapters we just read without getting way too ahead, but I’d love to discuss this more in future prompts or private messages if you have any further questions. :) Thank you!

Hannibal Chapter 5 Prompt

[Prompt]

This chapter is full of insight. Starling went to the hospital “for relief” to see Evelda’s baby. What do you think she expected to find there? (apart from the obvious answer: a baby) Do you think some part of her knew or even hoped that she would meet someone from Evelda’s family?

It must have crossed her mind, but I don’t think her move was particularly strategic. Maybe she was seeking some sort of affirmation in the form of a baby she didn’t kill and likely saved, maybe she was seeking catharsis. That baby is after all the only live being that was present at the raid that will not speak against her. Maybe she can see some sort of truth in that.

Clarice is not dumb. Someone from the family was likely to be there at some point in time, and I’m guessing Clarice could tolerate their hostility or animosity more than the ones deciding her fate at the Bureau because it would at least come from a genuine place of honesty, something Clarice values.

"The worm that destroys you is the temptation to agree with your critics, to get their approval."

Let’s stir a bit of debate! Wouldn’t it be better, in Clarice’s case, to get their approval? It seems she doesn’t have it at the moment. Why would she want that to being kept that way?

It would have been better for her career maybe, but it is the temptation that destroys, not the practice of it, which we have seen her explicitly act against if something or someone doesn’t agree with her principles. I imagine having this temptation - in this moment and throughout the years - while standing by her values has really been eating at her.

One could say she knows how she could have alleviated her dilemma in the FBI, almost wanting to because the result would be in her favor, but she is so stubborn and staunch in her sense of self that she refuses, and it kills her. There is something to appreciate about that, but it must be so damn frustrating!

In the context of the moment in this chapter, she was sitting in Ardelia’s side of the duplex to think. She often applies little axioms to her situations to make sense of them, to explain her own thought process. She is a very analytical individual and I doubt the reason she didn’t rise as high as she wanted to escapes her. She is tempted to doubt herself, but I don’t think she will in the end. She is just sitting on that edge until something unexpected intervenes…

The letter… Clarice’s training urged her to take some precautions, yet she doesn’t. What does that tell us about her?

Trouble. Right. Fuck it. XD Well, technically, she does take precautions. She could tell if something is rigged to blow up, so where’s the danger if it doesn’t? Yeah, I think she realizes things look pretty grim for her as it is and curiosity and the force that is Hannibal Lecter is not something that can be easily denied.

God, this scene was so intense. The build up, how distracted she was at first, her realization before it was actually confirmed… I loved it. Way to get introduced into the book, Dr. Lecter!

"Above the constant droning note of dread in Starling’s mind, a warning went off. She felt the skin on her belly quiver as though she had dripped something cold down her front."

This is a very visceral reaction and the intensity just shoots way up.

What do you think of Dr. Lecter’s letter? Letter from a friend? An enemy? Both or neither?

A letter of support is how I saw it. Yeah, his version of it doesn’t mind trigger warnings or coddling her, but it is support nonetheless - support in the form of insight, of brutal understanding, and of a language stripped of the politicization and banality she is used to from her contemporaries.

"You are a warrior, Clarice. The enemy is dead, the baby safe. You are a warrior."

I think this statement, while definitely very needed in that moment and one of support, calls out to something primal inside her; using the term “warrior” specifically, and “enemy” and “safe”, speaks to some tribal tradition of honor through protection and sacrifice. A warrior is a brave fighter in a class of her own who heeds the call to quash a threat and to protect her kin. It maybe even brings to mind a well-known warrior class of women, the Amazons from classical Greek mythology. Regardless, it is a class highly respected and celebrated, and a little acknowledgement for what you do, what you sacrifice, goes a long way in Clarice’s world.

And finally, Clarice is glad and sorry to get the good doctor’s letter. Why would she feel that way? Do you find this plausible after the way The Silence of the Lambs ended?

She values the practical help he gave her and she’s glad that this can be traced. The FBI hound dog in her must be pleased with that. Sorry? Hmmmm… sorry that his freedom may be compromised? Sorry that she will have to give it up to the FBI? I’m not entirely sure as I’m not so full of insight right now, but maybe someone will come up with something brilliant. :P

Hannibal Chapters 3 & 4 Prompt

[Prompt x]

After reading the Tattler article about the raid, do you think media coverage on this event will continue to smear Clarice’s reputation, and could a tabloid publication really have any influence on the future of her career?

The tabloid media in Thomas Harris novels seems to be a big enough deal. I’m more concerned about whoever it is higher up that has it out for Clarice, considering the FBI source in the article is convinced this will end her career. The point was already made earlier that Clarice doesn’t exactly speak with political intent and this often ruffles the feathers of the wrong people. I think this could be used against her if it is true that somebody up top has it in for her.

Once again we encounter Jack Crawford, making his third appearance in the Hannibal novels. Do you think he will play an active role in Clarice’s case? Will he cooperate with the director’s command or will he pull some cards in Clarice’s favor?

I think he will definitely try to find a way to help Clarice. I think he also might feel like he owes her because he got her involved with the Buffalo Bill case and all its shenanigans in the first place. It would be strange if he didn’t keep track of her career, and seeing where she’d ended up - especially with this recent occurrence - he might have a sense of responsibility concerning what happens to her from this point.

Chapter 4 begins with this quote from Maxim on FBI Separation Counseling, “You fall in love with the Bureau, but the Bureau doesn’t fall in love with you.” How do you think chapter 4 reflects this quote and could it possibly be foreshadowing relieving Clarice of her position as an FBI agent come time for the hearing? Or is it to do with Crawford’s impending retirement?

Crawford’s impending retirement represents the idea behind this quote well, but Clarice’s situation surely reflects the indifferent cruelty of institutions considering how much she has devoted herself to them and the years of effort she had put in only to undermined and stifled from achieving all she aspired to when she joined the Bureau. It can become your love and even your life, but ultimately it will dispose of you when the time comes or the right people do not favor your position.

What do you think Crawford is feeling in the midst of the upcoming investigation and not being in the Bureau for that much longer?

I don’t think he’s pondering far too seriously on how he feels about his situation and just wants to do whatever he can while he can since he doesn’t seem far too interested in advancing at this point anyways. The impression I have of him is doing good work and supporting those who do good work. Crawford may be manipulative in the pursuit of succeeding at the task at hand - getting the bad guy or whatever the case may be - but his intention to get the job done never seemed to be about ambitions in his career.

Also, what do you think of Crawford this time around? It’s been seven years since the events of Silence of the Lambs and the death of his wife. How do you think that impacted the years following his loss?

We find him battered and weary, and probably not over his wife’s death, but as the director said rather insensitively - he’s keeping busy. He’s doing the work he’s always done and managing despite whatever residual turmoil he still has. Dr. Lecter referred to him as a Stoic, remember? It’s hard to say what will follow when he no longer has his work to occupy him. It seems to be what he has left after his wife, but echoing the quote mentioned above, it does not love him back, so it will be interesting to see how things play out.

Four chapters in and no direct word from the good doctor yet. Where could he be!?

Oh, the suspense! I’m sure we’re all feeling it and I’ve no doubt Thomas Harris purposefully constructed it that way. As we all can assume (Sorry, Crawford) Hannibal Lecter likes to stay well informed and it would be highly unlikely that he hasn’t kept tabs on Clarice. He has her partly to thank for his freedom and she interested him enough to send a letter at the end of Silence. The book is called Hannibal after all, so he’s got to come out of shadows eventually and Thomas Harris isn’t *that* much of a tease… is he? But I think he’ll come back in a big way and perhaps it could affect her career in some way. Oh, Dr. Lecter, where could you be indeed! I’m sure many of us are very curious to find out how he’s spent the last seven years.

Deconstructing Hannibal, Chapters 3&4, #DHannibal

myotherblacknotebook:

After reading the Tattler article about the raid, do you think media coverage on this event will continue to smear Clarice’s reputation, and could a tabloid publication really have any influence on the future of her career?

I think it is clear throughout Harris’ works that he fully understands…

Hannibal chapter 5 prompt

deconstructinghannibal:

Hello! I must apologise for the delay. But finally, here is the prompt!

This chapter is full of insight. Starling went to the hospital “for relief” to see Evelda’s baby. What do you think she expected to find there? (apart from the obvious answer: a baby) Do you think some part of her knew or…

Happy 29th birthday, Tatiana Maslany! (September 22, 1985)

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tumbleweedforyou:

If Mads met Hannibal:

imagine the puns