so the other day my girlfriend and i were at a thrift store looking at the books, and we found a copy of the princess by tennyson from around 1900 for like 2 dollars
here is the inscription on the front
so “unknown yet known” is a misquote of a bible verse (2 corinthians 6:9) which goes like “known yet regarded as unknown” and that whole bit is about like, keeping love in your heart despite hardship, which. ok. (also i’m not saying but i’m just saying do you like know her KNOW her in the biblical sense or does helen WANT TO but they haven’t yet??? ok i’m totally saying that’s what it means.)
now i don’t want to just yell GAY out of nowhere, but like, your unknown yet known friend? ladies? giving each other books with ambiguously gay dedications about love in the face of trials and suffering in the front?
so what’s this princess thing even about? wikipedia says:
The poem tells the story of an heroic princess who forswears the world of men and founds a women’s university where men are forbidden to enter.
okay, so let’s look at what passages in this book are underlined. (and we can’t tell who did the underlining, helen or emma. the inscription on the front is in pen, but the underlinings are in pencil, so who the fuck knows)
Two heads in council, two beside the hearth,
Two in the tangled business of the world,
Two in the liberal offices of life,
Two plummets dropt for one to sound the abyss
O hard, when love and duty clash!
'Alone,' I said, 'from earlier than I know,
Immersed in rich foreshadowings of the world,
I loved the woman: he, that doth not, lives
A drowning life, besotted in sweet self,
Or pines in sad experience worse than death,
Or keeps his winged affections clipt with crime:
Yet was there one through whom I loved her, one
Not learnèd, save in gracious household ways,
Not perfect, nay, but full of tender wants,
No Angel, but a dearer being, all dipt In
Angel instincts, breathing Paradise,
Interpreter between the Gods and men,
Who looked all native to her place, and yet
On tiptoe seemed to touch upon a sphere
Too gross to tread, and all male minds perforce
Swayed to her from their orbits as they moved,
And girdled her with music. Happy he
With such a mother! faith in womankind
Beats with his blood, and trust in all things high
Comes easy to him, and though he trip and fall
He shall not blind his soul with clay.’
Indeed I love: the new day comes, the light
Dearer for night, as dearer thou for faults
Lived over: lift thine eyes; my doubts are dead.
wow so in conclusion kate and i found a gay ladies book from the past and i’m really overwhelmed with emotions about it????
IN CASE ANY OF YOU HAVE EVER WONDERED WHAT SLEEPING GIRAFFES LOOK LIKE
This is a sleeping Canadian giraffe from the Newfoundland regions.
And now we see a unicorn watching over her mate while she sleeps.
agentvictoriahand asked: oh god victoria using chinese endearments on melinda is so important to me that was such a lovely addition bless you
oh no thank YOU for your amazing Victoria/Melinda fic/headcanons. They give me life. <3
And now I’m completely stuck on them. Like, an AoS equestrian AU is forming in my brain, and that’s the sign that I’m in it for the long haul. (see: Bering and Wells equestrian nightmare)
…what if, only in private, Melinda affectionately calls Victoria: “Wo de xiao-gui.” Reference
Anonymous asked: so a while ago you wrote a prompt that was victoria hand + melinda may, and i was wondering, if you had time, if you could do like that but melinda may + victoria hand instead, so like reversed? love your writing btw
oh you mean like, history-wise?
yeah sure let’s do that
and thanks so much btw ;w;
Melinda May meets Victoria Hand on an op that went south for SHIELD. Melinda’s mother sends her daughter to bust out the SHIELD agents because she wants Fury to owe her a favor.
Victoria thinks that the short, powerful agent who gets her out of a hostage situation, the two of them working in tandem to make sure both of them get out of the line of fire is a dude and is sorely disappointed until Melinda pulls the classic “helmet hair reveal,” showing off her gorgeous hair and beautiful eyes. Victoria is instantly smitten. The same goes for Melinda, but she’s much less obvious about it.
I’M FUCKING CRYING
WHAT IF VICTORIA CALLS MELINDA BAO-BEI
AND EVERY TIME, MELINDA RESPONDS BI-ZUI
this is the headcanon that’ll kill me