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Does anybody else wish they had a scene where John talked to Molly?


Just, imagine John the first time after Sherlock comes back that he sees her. Like. Him trying so hard, SO hard, to be at least a little angry at her.
John huffing and pacing and TRYING to be angry.

And Molly just standing there because She thinks she deserves it, because why wouldn’t she. She lied to him, for years, about the apparent death of his best friend in the world.

She lied to him when seeing him in the immediate after and then at the funeral. GOD the funeral, she looked him in the eyes and said “I’m sorry for your loss.” She kept a stiff upper lip mirroring him. But then he broke. He pulled her into a hug and said “I’m sorry for your loss, Molly.” and She just starts sobbing.

And she keeps apologizing. Because it’s all her fault. And he has lost so much because of her. And he thinks that she is crying for Sherlock, but she just feels so guilty about it all. And when They pull away he says something to the effect of “You meant so much to him.” And she presses her lips because She knows she is important. She’s bearing the cross of being important to Sherlock Holmes as they speak. And she wants to tell him but she can’t. Not without breaking every promise she made to Sherlock the night after the fall. So she lies to him for two years.

And she watches as his fume fizzles dead and he just sinks. And Molly is so confused until he looks at her and just says “Thank you, for keeping him safe.”

OMG. Perfect. 

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Moffat seems like….really really determined to just throw away any continuity left over from RTD’s run? Because apparently now the Doctor chooses what kind of face he regenerates into? (So what’s the deal with him never being ginger?) And he chose to be young for Clara? (So what’s the deal with his previous two regenerations also being young?) (He also….was deeply in love with Rose until he got a wife out of nowhere and then had a weird thing with Amy but also was definitely into Clara. Yeesh.) Also, I am relieved to see we have received our MYSTERIOUS WOMAN who has FEELINGS for the Doctor and undoubtedly knows SECRETS as well. My only worry is that she may not be able to out-spunk his companion. Can’t wait for this season’s repeated to death catchphrase!

I thought the Doctor had no control over any of the faces he had anyway. And choosing to seem young to attract the attention of a very young woman is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay creepier than happening to look young while befriending a young woman. (It’s like Moffat looks as his storyline and thinks, “How can I make this creepier?”)

I can understand different regenerations loving different people, I suppose, because in some ways they’re different people themselves (although it makes me curious about relationships between Time Lords - did they marry each incarnation separately?).

Hahahaha that is such a good point. We’ve seen a lot of Clara and River but don’t worry, there’s a new mysterious woman who we don’t know anything about except that she’s attrracted to the Doctor. WHAT AN ORIGINAL IDEA, I WONDER IF THIS STORYLINE WILL INVOLVE FLIRTING AND SEXY BANTER.

- C

My first thought when I saw the “new mysterious woman” was that she’s a mysteriously-regenerated River in that computer dimension from The Forest of the Dead.  Probably not right, but she’s that same sort of character.

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Instead of whispered, consider:

  • murmured
  • mumbled
  • muttered
  • breathed
  • sighed
  • hissed
  • mouthed
  • uttered
  • intoned
  • susurrated
  • purred
  • said in an undertone
  • gasped
  • hinted
  • said low
  • said into someone’s ear
  • said softly
  • said under one’s breath
  • said in hushed tones
  • insinuated

These posts make me unreasonably cranky. So cranky, in fact, that every time a new one of these goddamn things crosses my dash, I’m just going to dissect them. Both for the edification of newer writers and because fuck these lists.

As mentioned in previous posts: These are not synonyms for whispered. You can’t use them interchangeably. Let’s go through them.

"Well," she whispered, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character is speaking in a voice so low it’s become words made of breath, probably because she doesn’t want to be heard.

"Well," she murmured, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character is saying this very quietly, but above a whisper. She may be talking to herself.

"Well," she mumbled, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character is speaking under her breath in low enough tones that her words may sound unclear or slurred. Also very possibly talking to herself.

"Well," she muttered, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character is speaking lowly, but more clearly than a mumble. She sounds angry, irritated, or dully frustrated.

"Well," she breathed, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

Breathing words may mean relief, exasperation, or exhaustion, and sound half like a sigh. Oh, look—

"Well," she sighed, “I suppose I haven’t got a choice.”

The character is almost certainly not happy. She’s speaking in a tired, heavy breath.

"Well," she hissed, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character’s words are coming out in low, very sharp breaths. She sounds angry, irritated, or maybe just in an intense moment.

"Well," she mouthed, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character is using the barest hint of her voice, if any at all. Her lips are silently forming the syllables.

"Well," she uttered, “I suppose I haven’t got a choice.”

Using uttered in this particular type of descriptive sense actually just sounds awkward. That said, ‘utter’ sounds like a word that implies speech in low yet strong and loud tones, well-enunciated, like someone preaching.

"Well," she intoned, “I suppose I haven’t got a choice.”

The tone of her voice is dull and flat, with little variance in pitch. She is saying this without much emotion (intentionally or not).

Fuck “susurrated”.

"Well," she purred, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The manner she’s speaking in is silky, smooth, and particularly pleased; quite possibly smug. In this particular example, this implies she probably does have a choice about [whatever it is] and is being facetious.

"Well," she said in an undertone, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

This is bad, because an undertone is something that needs describing. That’s like saying “her dress was a color”.

"Well," she gasped, “I suppose I haven’t got a choice.”

The character is speaking in a sharp intake of breath, probably brought on by surprise or shock. She could also be short of breath, being strangled or something.

"Well," she hinted, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character has particular (duh) hint-hint tones in her voice as she speaks to someone. One can just imagine her leaning over closer to their ear.

"Well," she said low, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

Her voice has dropped below normal pitch, but is above a whisper. There’s a certain amount of dullness in the tone, probably.

"Well," she said, into his ear, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

This implies nothing about the actual voice, just that she’s literally speaking right into his ear (perhaps at normal volume, which would be painful). It doesn’t, on its own, carry any connotations of tone or emotion.

"Well," she said softly, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

I have a personal beef with the word “softly” on account of writers in a certain area of a certain MMO that use that word for fucking everything; speech, movement, touch, footsteps, because it helps to passively describe their character as delicate and pretty or something.

It’s a personal beef. There’s nothing really wrong with the word. Moving on.

Saying something softly implies not only a lowered pitch but a certain gentleness (or at least lack of weight) in tone.

"Well," she said under her breath, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

This is very like muttered, murmured, etc — it sounds (dur) breathier, and is more likely to imply a person talking to themselves.

"Well," she said in hushed tones, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

Now you’re getting closer to an equal term for “whispered”; hushed tones could mean that, or half-whispered. It does imply a certain amount of whisperiness or breathiness. It also implies a deliberate attempt to be quiet.

"Well," she insinuated, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

Like with ‘uttered’, this feels grammatically weird in that it’s usually a thing a person describes another person as doing (“Greg didn’t say it, but he insinuated it!”), but whatever. It’s similar to hinting; it means you’re trying to imply or subtly convey something, but has nothing to do with actual whispers.

tl;dr Those words are all different, these lists are terrible writing advice and people need to stop pulling tangentially-related words from the thesaurus and saying they all mean the same thing.


as i tell my students:

"use the precise word, not the word that kinda sorta fits or ‘sounds more impressive’ “

use exactly the word you MEAN

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Police: [White] Teen acts erratically, attacks police, takes and fires officer’s gun while high on mushrooms. Don’t worry, he’s fine.| Seattle News. Breaking News | KOMO News

Just watch them explain now that he’s such a good boy, this is an anomaly and he really just needs help and a second chance. Because what it comes down to is the perceived default.  Perceived default for a white teen is “a good kid” even if they’re “rambunctious,” “misguided,” “disturbed,” or “going through a phase.”  Gee whiz, Officer Krupke. Ergo, bad behavior is seen as a deviation from the default that needs to be explained and corrected or mourned as a tragic outlier.  

Default perception for a black teen is that they’re dangerous, aggressive, subhuman animals until or unless proven otherwise, and the slightest less than flawless behavior is “proof” of that.  And what do you do when confronted with a dangerous animal that isn’t under flawless control and obeying all commands?  You put it down. 

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