I didn’t know how to talk to people anymore. I’m not like I used to be. I used to talk and be outgoing and loud and now, I can barely utter a word without overthinking about it all. I lost it. I lost who I used to be, but I don’t want to be the old me either. So many people left the old me and the new me. I just want it to be easier to talk to people. I just want to have the ability to be okay and not make the conversation awkward.
Time together comes to a close. A faithful beast, a little boy. Father says he’s to old, weakness grips his bones. No longer can he do his work, he must go to a new home.
Taken to the village, the boy seeks one to care for his I’ll friend. Will you take good care of him, words to a fat merchant looking for meat for the slaughter. Move on, the day grows, still searching for a new owner…
Will you take good care of him, words fall again. This time to a trio of beggars looking to make a fast buck. To cheat the child is what they whisper. To harm his friend for their own gain is their desire. Reclaim his friend, moving on once more. Still looking for a new owner as the sun begins to set…
Cower in an ally, tears begin to fall. A small boy feels as if he has failed. Father will be disappointed, my friend may be lost without proper care; a small heart sends a prayer along the night air. Help me find what I need, hear my words; come to our rescue…
Move along the streets, it’s dark now. Come across a fine man in need of a faithful beast. Promise to care for him as well as the small boy had. A friend is told goodbye. As the boy heads home, a few coins in hand, he looks to the distance and sees his beast friend once more on the hill. He carries a woman heavy with child under the brightest star over head; this is a sign that he has done good…
yeah, I care a lot more about the Big Ideas and actual like..Mood and concepts? being right. Details and good ol’ “local color” can help, but they aren’t it on their own!
…which is of course why theaters can put on Shakespeare’s history plays in modern dress without confusing anyone as to Why Modern America Has A King or anything :P
Good points, the bit about the mood and concepts having to be right in particular!
I think getting the overall concepts right (and the, let’s call it mentality of a specific time) is a prerequisite for knowing which details are absolutely required to be right - say, characters’ motivations - and which are not (the exact date of something happening, in many cases). It’s a tricky issue, of course, and one that can be best decided on a case-by-case basis, but overall I’d say that I’m more miffed by 20th century women in 16th century dress than by whether or not someone shifted the date of x person’s execution a couple of days for narrative purposes.
Incidentally, people getting the mood and the important concepts (or underlying ideas of a book in general) wrong is also why I tend to dislike adaptations or retellings. I mean, I do complain about dresses without the proper undergarments, too (mainly because that should be so easy to get right), but man… misunderstanding themes and characters is what really annoys me. Everything else is nitpicking.
(This is in relation to that conversation about ‘accuracy’ in historical novels.)
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