The Language of the Eye

So I’ve just finished reading Chapter 46 of the Count of Monte Cristo! And to think that even though its an English Honors novel, I actually like the book! No more boring tragedies and romances, and its also easy to understand, unlike A Tale of Two Cities, where its so hard to comprehend what’s going on half the time. One of the characters is  Monsieur Noirtier, who is the father of Villefort, the man who had condemned Dantes to imprisonment simply because the letter he was accused of carrying contained information that would bring shame to his family. Noirtier is an old man, and was once an active Bonapartist, but due to a brain tumor, he could only signal with his eyes. In his eyes, he gave all his emotion and had a language in which his responses or requests would be deciphered from how he blinked them.

                        greeneyes                 violeteyes

Now, I found all of this to be fascinating! It made me very interested to look practice this secret language and interpret other’s moods or feelings. For example, when someone blinks a lot, they are nervous or sad, when they blink very once in a while, they are focused, entertained or bored, and when their eyes narrow, they are annoyed or agitated. Until now, I didn’t know that there were so many ways to tell someone by their eyes until now, and that makes me have a new appreciation for TCOMC.

So dear reader, I decided to make a quiz! This took quite some time and so I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

QUIZ: What is your TRUE eye color?

1. Which would you rather have for breakfast?

a.      blueberry muffins                           b.       blueberrypancakes

c.           spicecake                  d.      oatmeal

 

 

2.                What country would you rather visit?

a. Spain  barcelona         b. Norway norway

 

c.       Ireland     ireland     d.         Japan     japan

 

3. Which animal best represents you?

a. bear   bear

Characteristics: Protective, confident, self-reliant, courage, and strength

b.   dog       germanshepard

Characteristics: Loyal, athletic, obedient, playful, and outgoing

 

c. cat  kittymeow

Characteristics: Sensitive, independent,  curious, and watchful

d.  falcon

Characteristics: Determined, confident, and a hard worker.

 

 

4. If you were stranded on a lonely island with only a few supplies for a year, who would you choose to accompany you (Their eye color is not a factor)?

 

a.  Selena Gomez selenagomez         b. Ryan Gosling ryangosling

 

c. Santana from ‘Glee’ santana           d. Hillary Clinton  hillaryclinton

 

 

RESULTS

Mostly A’s: Brown

 

 

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  • You are a confident, proud individual  and almost always find a way to fit in. In addition, people often see you as  trustworthy, and though you seem to be doing fine on the outside, you face quite a few insecurities and doubts, and are afraid to open up, and see it as a risk of losing face. Don’t be afraid to open up every once in a while: Everyone has issues, and the best way to get over them is to share them with others.

 

Mostly B’s: Blue

 

 

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  • You are a great friend, energetic, and always fun to be around. You also tend to be expressive in your emotions, and sometimes this has the potential to take a toll on your relationships with others. Next time before being quick to act on your judgment, take a deep breath and count to 10.

 

 

Mostly C’s: Green

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  • You are a vibrant, create, person and are very passionate in what you do. People are naturally drawn to you, and you are unafraid to be unique, and when insulted, you almost always find a witty comeback that makes them look like a fool. You are watchful and wary however, and sometimes indecisiveness can be a problem. Next time when faced with a difficult decision, consider the choices and make a decision and form a Plan B.

 

Mostly D’s: Black

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  • You are a determined, hardworking person and  often like to deal with problems as they come rather then wait around for it to solve itself. Sometimes you are not very patient and it is hard to wait in long lines, and when someone is demonstrating bad leadership, you are unafraid to step up and take charge. Your biggest fear is not reaching your potential, and you see this as hurtful in your chances of standing out among the crowd to succeed. Don’t regard not reaching your goals as ultimate failure or lack of talent; Overtime, take baby steps little by little, and with patience, see it expand to what you’ve dreamed it could be.

 

Ties: Hazel Eyes

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You are a little bit of everything: Confident, passionate, hardworking, and yes, maybe a little bit insecure. But you never back down from a fight, and are willing to prove yourself as the best. Sometimes you can have a short temper as well. You love experimenting with different things and the idea of an adventure, so your curiosity plays a large role in your life and your relationships with others. Although this enables you to a wide range of experiences, some old dogs should just be left to rest. Next time when struck by desire to delve further into an issue, consider whether it would be worth the risk.

-Heather

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Lifetime Goal; Learning Russian

Hi guys! Or should I say привет (pree-vee-et)! Because I have decided to learn Russian! Now I know that some of you guys may be thinking “Why Russian? They’ve invaded Crimea, they’re communists, they hate Americans, and its only spoken by one country, which is super cold and ugly! AH-em <cough cough> First of all, it is the Russian government that invaded Crimea, NOT the Russian people. Secondly, so what if they’re communists? That’s their government, its just different from ours. Thirdly, Russian is VERY similar to  other Slavic languages such as Ukrainian and Latvian, so it is a high possibility that if I become fluent in Russian, it shouldn’t be that difficult in learning those languages. And lastly, Russia is BEAUTIFUL! You who think that have obviously not been to Russia.

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 russianwinter        stpetersburg

russiamountains            moscow

So as I said  before,   Russian’s a Slavic language, and right now in school I’m learning Spanish, a romantic language. My home language is obviously English, a Germanic language, which is similar to Spanish in many aspects, but in comparison, Russian is a Germanic language on steroids; There’s a new alphabet called Cyrillic, you have to use the throat a lot more, etc. But it just sounds so……I don’t know just beautiful. 🙂

So maybe I’ll major in Russian in college then move to Russia for a year to make some friends, become fluent in Russian, visit St. Petersburg and Moscow, see Lenin’s body, ride a dog sled, go skiing in Sochi, relax in a sauna, watch a ballet show and open up a pancake house. Who knows? So if any of you reading this post would like to give me some pointers on my journey through the Russian language, feel free because I’ve just started!

So I have to go now to work on my English BRAWL questions 😛 But I’ll keep you guys updated with my progress and hopefully become fully immersed in Russian before I’m thirty.  Until then, до свидания, (doh-svee-dah-nee-yah)!

-Heather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mortal Instruments Vs The Count of Monte Cristo **SPOILER ALERT**

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So in English we are reading the book The Count of Monte Cristo. The Count of Monte Cristo is really a man named Dantes. The book is the adventures and misfortunes of Dantes’ life. As I have before mentioned the book series The Mortal Instruments Dantes and the male counterpart to the female lead, Clary, in the City of Bones & The City of Ashes is Jace Wayland.

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Jace and Clary at first believe they despise each other and then end up falling for each other and finding out that they were actually brother and sister. In the beginning of the second book Clary is dating Simon ( her best friend) instead of Jace due to that little awkward fact of them being related. Clary does not truly love Simon and Simon learns that he will never love her like she loves Jace and how Jace loves her.

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In the Count of Monte Cristo Dantes is in love with Mercedes and due to a great misfortune Dantes is imprisoned for over twenty years. When he comes back he finds out that Mercedes married another man. This man was her cousin who, like Simon, had been in love with Mercedes for a very long time before Dantes’ arrest. He had taken advantage of Dantes’ misfortune and gained a fortune of his own. Mercedes ,like Clary, does not truly love her husband but is still in love with her first love, Dantes.

 

Even though they are not supposed to be together and Jace badly attempting to stay away from Clary, he actually ends up giving up on staying away from her. *SPOILER* Later on they find out they aren’t related and Jace won’t give up on trying to win Clary back. Because he had pushed her so far away and even to Simon he, like Dantes finding his treasure, Jace came back and won her heart with his shadowhunter charm.                

 

When Dantes’ escaped from prison he went to the Isle of Monte Cristo and found a buried treasure and using a part of that treasure he bought his title the Count of Monte Cristo. Later he went to Paris where he found Mercedes with her husband and son. From the moment she saw him, Mercedes knew who the Count of Monte Cristo was but, like Clary and Jace at first, they could not be together. In the beginning of the story Dantes had been a somewhat poor sailor. His dad had been completely broke and could barely feed himself. It had been a drastic change from starting out as a poor sailor to ending up being a rich count.

 

Both Dantes and Jace can be quite arrogant and self-absorbed but they both can be generous and caring. They also have a shared interest in violence and vengeance. I found many similarities between not only the personalities of the count and Jace but also many similarities between their stories. Both men are in love or wish for a love that they can or could not have.

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