Yeah, going for a rather franco-french joke there. Or rather, well. You know (of course you do) how the French have the reputation of being rude and snobby and all that - well, the thing is, for the French, that's *Parisians*. And it would shake out, I suppose, that many foreign tourists mostly just do Paris; ergo, small experience pool and national stereotype. La capitale and "la province" heartily bash on one another. (Also, the usual images of stressed-out, impatient big-city-dwellers hurrying irritably past visiting rubes and loitering tourists come into play.)
Now, the fact that French waiting staff get a better minimum wage and do not literally have their livelihood depend on tips.... *le socialiste side-eye* ... does mean there is less emphasis on all that smiling subservience and the kind of client deference and uber-attentiveness you get in the US (or Japan, say). Tips really are a polite/thoughtful extra, for an average drinks/meal out bill, that are not generally expected of, say, a tableful of cheap students. Which can naturally lead to some culture shock. On the other end of that service industry spectrum, it is little exaggeration to say that the average waiter working the terrasses of a somewhat central bar/café in Paris will indeed act like he is being massively imposed upon by having to bring you your €7.50 expresso and generally be pretty brusque.
(I mean, to be perfectly character-relevant, a fancy place for wealthy patrons the likes of which Vicomte Moneybags would tend to frequent, would, on the other hand, have exactly the kind of unctuous and flawless service you'd be paying for, no problem.)
Also, fyi, "assumer" doesn't quite mean the same as it does in English.
This is a work of fanart and solely intended for shits and giggles. Not mine, not making money from it.
Jareth [Labyrinth] (c) Lucas, Froud, Henson; Bowie&Connelly
Raoul de Chagny [Phantom of the Opera] (c) Leroux and Webber
Based on the original Roommates comic by AsheRhyder
A waiter in Canada fired for "aggressive" and "rude" behaviour towards other staff says he has an excuse: he's French.
Guillaume Rey has filed a complaint with British Columbia's Human Rights Tribunal against his ex-employer and its parent company over his dismissal.
He argues his sacking is discrimination and French culture "tends to be more direct and expressive".
Maybe some-one should let Jared know about this whole internet thing the humans have come up with.
(Oh, Jareth knows the internet. He's fluent in Lolspeak, after all, and spends an unhealthy amount of time reading fanfic about himself.)
"Didiou" is... a euphemism for something-or-other 'de Dieu"?
Jet-lag -- of course, Raoul had to travel the hard way
Interesting idea of a spell that 'calibrates' on its own after the owner has finished the conscious casting of it (or is it the crystal that's calibrating?)
'My roommate's enemy is my friend', evidently
"You're upset at Christine?" -- yes, that was my own immediate reaction to Jareth's comment! And yes, it's not really the most reassuring accompaniment to 'this spell is very complicated to set up'... Raoul has got to be wondering just how careful the Goblin King is feeling about his work at this precise moment...
And being irrational about Sarah has definitely been one of Jareth's more self-evident traits so far as Raoul's experience of him has been concerned
So Christine-as-Christine is an object of resentment for prompting Sarah to save them all by using her canon powers to wish her friends home (what would have happened if she hadn't, I wonder? Would all the guests simply have ended up in Jareth's castle?) But Christine-as-Sarah's-friend is an object of transferred reverence who is absolutely safe in Jareth's hands
(Interestingly, Jareth doesn't seem to be holding any -- audible -- grudge against Christine for the attempt to tackle him at the ball over Erik's revelations that resulted in the mindwipe in the first place. Or is he just demonstrating enough self-awareness to avoid potentially stirring up that particular ants'-nest in Raoul's presence?)
Raoul goes all nineteenth-century on him for a moment... and Jareth, I think, tacitly concedes the point, or at least changes the subject.
And apparently Jareth is also recruiting the services of a native guide
"J'assume" somewhat in the sense of owning one's actions, and responsibilities.
"didiou/didjou" is the whole peasant-y, old-time-y bastardization and watering down of any of the "de Dieu" curses (sang de, nom de....), just as English has "zounds" (and James' "s'truth!"), etc.
Deliberate vagueness on what was at stake for all the guests at the crystal-shattering, but I think it would not have been much fun. The word "limbo" has been thrown around.
Jareth actually mentions in passing, when relating the incident to Dresden - he actually is approving/glad of Christine-as-Sarah's-friend being so loyal and protective of her as to attempt to thwart him. In principle, just not at that precise juncture.....
and yes, Jareth has a brief flirt with empathy there, or at least the realization of Raoul's legit grievance and how the parallel could hold up, and and possible acknowledgment of the lad's bravery in, however politely and vaguely, sort of threatening the Goblin King and being willing to throw down for his lady love's sake. He actually earned a few points' worth of respect there.
I'm typing this via a three-line letterbox window on a mobile phone
But jumping on.... Jareth and Sarah on a date in Paris!!! YAY!!!!
Not saying Canadians are perfect either, but watching someone try to recall enough high school French to place their order is probably good for a laugh.
P.S. I'm not a fan of de Chagny in canon, but you've converted me with GND. Well done!
Two thumbs way up.
Uh, Rauol, sweetie, I don't think a fudged memory quite equates to nearly frying Sarah's brain...
Basically I'm a strong believer in "Positive Customer/Employee" Relations even overseas and would rather not find out that half the waitstaff have spit in my soup.
I went to Lyon for a few days in 2016 and even though I'd heard that the "rude French" stereotype really just applied to Paris, I was amazed at how kind & open everyone was, especially with my very clumsy attempts to speak French (my Brazilian husband spoke it better than I did, but we tended to rely a lot on the kindness & patience of the people we encountered).