History Literature / JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell

13th Mar '17 3:42:58 PM morenohijazo
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* EssentialMadness: The eponymous Strange must drink a bottle of distilled madness (causing him to lose his mind) in order to be able to see and interact with TheFairFolk on their own terms.
11th Jan '17 7:08:11 PM nombretomado
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* TookALevelInBadass: The heartbreak of [[spoiler: his wife's supposed death]] coupled with the gentleman's attempts to drive him crazy allow Strange to turn from a nice [[LordPeterWimsey Peter Wimsey]]ish guy into a powerful and frightening Byronic badass. This is kind of lampshaded, as after [[spoiler:rescuing his wife from Fairyland]], he becomes a bit more like himself and attributes his earlier behavior to spending too much time around Creator/LordByron.

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* TookALevelInBadass: The heartbreak of [[spoiler: his wife's supposed death]] coupled with the gentleman's attempts to drive him crazy allow Strange to turn from a nice [[LordPeterWimsey [[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Peter Wimsey]]ish guy into a powerful and frightening Byronic badass. This is kind of lampshaded, as after [[spoiler:rescuing his wife from Fairyland]], he becomes a bit more like himself and attributes his earlier behavior to spending too much time around Creator/LordByron.
20th Nov '16 8:57:15 PM DoctorNemesis
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* KingInTheMountain: One of the legends that has grown up around the Raven King's disappearance is that he will return at the hour of his people's greatest need to lead them to victory and greatness once again.
4th Nov '16 7:59:40 AM dlchen145
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* TookALevelInBadass: The heartbreak of [[spoiler: his wife's supposed death]] coupled with the gentleman's attempts to drive him crazy allow Strange to turn from a nice [[LordPeterWimsey Peter Wimsey]]ish guy into a powerful and frightening Byronic BadAss. This is kind of lampshaded, as after [[spoiler:rescuing his wife from Fairyland]], he becomes a bit more like himself and attributes his earlier behavior to spending too much time around Creator/LordByron.

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* TookALevelInBadass: The heartbreak of [[spoiler: his wife's supposed death]] coupled with the gentleman's attempts to drive him crazy allow Strange to turn from a nice [[LordPeterWimsey Peter Wimsey]]ish guy into a powerful and frightening Byronic BadAss.badass. This is kind of lampshaded, as after [[spoiler:rescuing his wife from Fairyland]], he becomes a bit more like himself and attributes his earlier behavior to spending too much time around Creator/LordByron.
18th Oct '16 8:35:26 PM QueenOfSpades
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* TheQuietOne: [[spoiler: The Raven King]] does not speak in the BBC series.]]

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* TheQuietOne: The Raven King was known for being very soft-spoken and rarely talked when it wasn't necessary. In the BBC series, [[spoiler: The Raven King]] does not he doesn't speak in the BBC series.at all during his cameo.]]
18th Oct '16 8:15:12 PM QueenOfSpades
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** Mr. Norrell himself, who is unmarried, and seemingly obsessed with Strange at their first meeting, jealous of his wife, and deeply frustrated at the thought of him leaving to help with the war effort.

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** Mr. Norrell himself, who is unmarried, and seemingly obsessed with Strange at their first meeting, jealous of his wife, and deeply frustrated at the thought of him leaving to help with the war effort. An aside in a footnote about an old magician's love letters to his unisex-named lover mentions that Mr Norrell is much more comfortable with the idea of a gay magician than a woman.
15th Oct '16 10:42:23 PM Wickedcoolghost
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* HistoricalInJoke: So many. Particularly great is when both Strange and Lord Byron are in Switzerland, angrily writing to their publisher after having met and not liked one another much. Strange mentions in his letter that Byron is accompanied by Percy Shelley, Mrs. Shelley, Miss Claire Clairmont, and Dr. John Polidori. This is, of course, the summer of 1816... meaning that Strange met Polidori, the Shelleys, and Byron, right around the time they set their scary story writing contest, which would eventually produce ''the Vampyre'', and ''Frankenstein'' (and, in-universe, a poem from Byron about the kind of magician he'd [[{{ByronicHero}} wanted Strange to be]]).

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* HistoricalInJoke: So many. Particularly great is when both Strange and Lord Byron are in Switzerland, angrily writing to their publisher after having met and not liked one another much. Strange mentions in his letter that Byron is accompanied by Percy Shelley, Mrs. Shelley, Miss Claire Clairmont, and Dr. John Polidori. This is, of course, the summer of 1816... meaning that Strange met Polidori, the Shelleys, and Byron, right around the time they set their scary story writing contest, which would eventually produce ''the Vampyre'', and ''Frankenstein'' (and, in-universe, a poem from ''Manfred'' by Byron is written about the kind of magician he'd [[{{ByronicHero}} wanted Strange to be]]).
6th Oct '16 8:32:55 AM Camsci
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* SnipeHunt: Jonathan Strange's father does this to his new servant to punish him for talking back. He sends the poor guy out into extremely bad weather to deliver a supposed message to someone who died years ago.
3rd Oct '16 9:40:05 AM phoenixy
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* ArrangedMarriage: As comes with the time period, each marriage described in the novel is treated as a contract first, and as an expression of love only second (if at all). The relationship between Sir Walter Pole and Emma Wintertowne is based on the understanding that they each live their own life in any way they desire, although Sir Walter Pole is not entirely happy to find out to what extent Lady Pole envisions this. Similarly, Strange and Arabella love each other dearly, but fully understand that their marriage is one of convenience as well as love. In the end, Lady Pole [[spoiler: is in no way inclined to even think about her husband when released from her slavery]], and Arabella and Jonathan [[spoiler: are quite fine with the idea that they cannot be together in Jonathan's exile.]]
20th Jul '16 6:06:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Childermass manages to avoid most of the idiot balls being juggled by being the only one to act as if he's ever read a classic fairy story / ChangelingTale.
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