History Literature / TheGargoyle

17th Sep '17 3:14:55 AM Doug86
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Compare to: ''Literature/AmericanGods'', ''Literature/DivineComedy''. Not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' the series.

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Compare to: ''Literature/AmericanGods'', ''Literature/DivineComedy''.''Literature/TheDivineComedy''. Not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' the series.
8th Sep '17 9:30:16 PM Videokid
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: [[spoiler: Marianne claims to have been alive since the thirteenth century, but Jack tells the Narrator that she met her in an insane asylum as a teenager, and Marianne may not be her real name; if nothing else for her account to be literally true then Marianne would have needed to either (physically) age backwards, or stop (physically) ageing around the time she claims to have first met the narrator, which, surely, somebody would have mentioned, and then began ageing again when she met Jack. However, the Narrator later finds two copies of The Inferno among her possessions, one of which is a German translation predating the first known translation by decades, with the hallmarks of an unknown scribe active in the Engelthal Monastery around the time Marianne claims to have lived there, and the other of which is an Italian copy which has been singed around the edges and has a hole in the image which matches the arrowhead necklace Marianne gave to him, which she claimed was made from the arrow he was shot with when she first met the 13th century version of him- damage which corroborates her story. Ultimately, evidence is given both ways, and while there's a chance that there's an element of truth to Marianne's stories, whether or not it happened to her and the Narrator is up for debate; it's unlikely that Marianne is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, but it's possible that she's a reincarnation, much as she claims the Narrator must have been. She must have gotten those copies of The Inferno *somewhere*, but whether or not her story is true or that she found them somewhere and built the story around them is down to the reader to decide. She does have the funds, resources, and connections to get them analyzed, and it's likely that whoever did so would have come to the same conclusion as the experts the Narrator uses at the end of the book.]]
1st Sep '17 5:35:18 AM XFllo
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* ChristmasCake: Referenced by name in relation to Sayuri.
7th Apr '17 10:18:28 AM JustTroper
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* LoveFreak: Marianne Engel.
-->This Christmas Day had shown me that Marianne Engel's love was not feeble. It was strapping, it was muscular, it was massive. I thought that it could fill the entire hospital. More important, her love was not reserved only for me; it was shared generously with strangers people she didn't think were friends from the fourteenth century
11th Jan '17 7:32:20 AM JustTroper
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11th Jan '17 7:31:52 AM JustTroper
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19th Oct '16 12:04:08 PM leraluna
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* DeadpanSnarker: The Narrator
* DeathByChildbirth: The Narrator's mother

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* DeadpanSnarker: The Narrator
There's little the Narrator doesn't snark to. In his position he's also a DisabledSnarker and a StepfordSnarker.
* DeathByChildbirth: The Narrator's mothermother died after giving birth to him, leaving him completely orphaned as his father walked away from them.



* DrivenToSuicide: The Narrator fantasizes about a ridiculously elaborate suicide whilst in the hospital
* DrugsAreBad: In a way--they cause The Narrator's car crash, but he eventually considers that to have been a good thing, and when he detoxes from the morphine, [[spoiler:he goes on an epic journey of self-discovery through Hell.]] So, not ''entirely'' bad...
** But they're certainly bad in the case of The Narrator's adoptive "parents," who [[spoiler:eventually die in a meth lab explosion and are seen in Hell]]
* FancyDinner: Marianne Engel organizes many of these.

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* DrivenToSuicide: The Narrator fantasizes about a ridiculously elaborate suicide whilst in the hospital
hospital. [[ForegoneConclusion Of course it didn't happen]], as he keeps being the narrator.
* DrugsAreBad: In a way--they way -- they cause The Narrator's car crash, but he eventually considers that to have been a good thing, and when he detoxes from the morphine, [[spoiler:he goes on an epic journey of self-discovery through Hell.]] So, not ''entirely'' bad...
** But they're certainly bad in the case of The Narrator's adoptive "parents," who [[spoiler:eventually die in a meth lab explosion and are seen in Hell]]
Hell]].
* FancyDinner: Marianne Engel organizes many of these. [[FoodPorn Do not read those chapters with a empty stomach]].



* [[LittlestCancerPatient Littlest Burn Victim]]: Thérèse

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* [[LittlestCancerPatient Littlest Burn Victim]]: ThérèseThérèse, and she was [[spoiler: TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth]].



* NerdsAreVirgins: Wildly subverted with The Narrator, who claims to be a book lover

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* NerdsAreVirgins: Wildly subverted with The Narrator, who claims to be a book loverlover and probably something of a ClosetGeek among the people he used to hang out with.
17th Sep '16 7:46:38 AM JustTroper
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* LoonWithAHeartOfGold: Marianne Engel is a clearly unhinged sculptress of gargoyles, with her madness having religious overtones (she talks to unseen apparitions in Latin, etc.). She physically and psychologically helps the main character after a crash that leaves him severely burned and crippled.
14th Aug '16 12:23:35 PM nombretomado
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* RetGone: An in-universe example--Marianne's 13th-century work translating the ''[[DivineComedy Inferno]]'' was erased from history because [[spoiler:she left the convent and got married.]]

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* RetGone: An in-universe example--Marianne's 13th-century work translating the ''[[DivineComedy ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'' was erased from history because [[spoiler:she left the convent and got married.]]
8th Feb '16 12:59:42 PM JustTroper
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* TheOphelia: Marianne Engel.
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