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The Lady of Pity-Me is giving a ball..

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(fan art of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell)

I remember Lady Pole saying these words in the TV series, but I think they were in the book too... And for some reason, it's one of the sentences that come to my mind whenever I think about Susanna Clarke's universe. It ended up being a depiction of the fairies themselves: deceitful, inhuman, yet trying to copy the "Christians", cruel but innocent, savage, yet desperately clinging to an illusion of civilisation... The first victims of their own games of illusions and shadows.

The step-by-step can be found in my scraps, here!

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EDIT (20/10/2018): I changed a few small details and made the edges sharper.

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DanielaIvanova's avatar
Looks a bit creepy which I love. The texture really fits the nature/creepy vibe, too. Overall a very curious image, it makes me wonder more about the story.
Harkale-Linai's avatar
Thank you very much! The character is (very loosely) based on the fairies from Susanna Clarke's amazing book Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, which takes place in an alternate 18th century, where England remembers its former glory, in the ancient times when magic still existed...
If you enjoy unique fantasy universes, I highly recommend that book :) 
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line-melte's avatar
Love what you've done with the face; very expressive. :meow:
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Thank you very much :)
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I'm glad you like it :)
UnbridledMuse's avatar
:la: this is brilliant!!
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UnbridledMuse's avatar
you're welcome! :glomp:
artgalleon's avatar
One of my favourite books, such a refreshing world on magic. Jonathan Strange all the way! Really good artwork, it captures the twisted madness of the fairies. 
Harkale-Linai's avatar
I couldn't agree more! The universe described in that book is very different from the two main tropes we see again and again in recent fantasy litterature (either high fantasy, with dragons, magic and elves, or fantastic stories featuring the irruption of otherwordly elements in the real world)... It's something else, and I love it!
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I kinda want a sequel and kinda don't. The book is a perfect stand alone thing, but the universe is just begging to be opened up more.
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Susanna Clarke also published a collection of short stories (The Ladies of Grace-Adieu) set in that universe, which she wrote before JSMN... These stories helped establish a solid background for her main novel, and they are quite interesting, if you haven't read them yet :)
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Ohh okay I'll have to check that out. Thanks! :)
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Daniel-Gleebits's avatar
The book's mention of Pity-Me was a reference by the Gentleman with the Thistledown Hair to the various Faire kingdoms he was thinking of making Steven Black king of. It's ruled by a duke with few friends, but the Gentleman ultimately opts against it when he considers how "deplorable a place" it is.

The place itself is actually a reference to a real life village in Durham called Pity Me.

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Thank you for the explanations! I'd love to live in that village, just because of the funny adress... Most of the stupid village names we have in France are sex jokes ^^

I remember the Gentleman talking about Pity-Me, but I also vaguely remember Lady Pole saying that sentence, to Secundus or someone else... Because when I watched the TV series, I was sure I had already read it somewhere. But it might also be a created memory...
Daniel-Gleebits's avatar
They mixed some of the lore in the show, I remember. Steven Black would do the same thing, taking parts from the book and mixing it into the muffling spell that the Gentleman inflicted on them to keep them quiet.

We need more sex joke names in England XD

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Oh, you already have Middlesex, Sussex, Wessex and Essex... You should be grateful there's no such region associated with the North, else you would end up having Nosex ;)
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it's a wonderful work :love:
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