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GND 313 - J'assume
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Preparations also going on on the lads' side of things....


Cultural notes!

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.

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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
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LovelyLadyGray's avatar
LovelyLadyGray|Professional Artisan Crafter
Always enjoyed reading comics, and it's a great pleasure to visit DA again. :nod:
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archergwen's avatar
archergwen|Hobbyist Writer
I love when you include France info in your pages. Oh, I appreciated the French waiter in the small town cafe who brought me my €2 cafe and then left me alone. I miss la province.
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Don't know if you'll see this, but I think this story is relevant:
www.bbc.com/news/world-us-cana…

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. 

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Pika-la-Cynique's avatar
Pika-la-Cynique|Professional General Artist
I told you so!!

(Oh, Jareth knows the internet. He's fluent in Lolspeak, after all, and spends an unhealthy amount of time reading fanfic about himself.)
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eggishorn's avatar
The mind boggles at the thought.  
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Chepseh's avatar
Dem. bonding.
*twitch*
Ah well.
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Igenlode's avatar
Igenlode|Student Traditional Artist
"J'assume" -- he's taking on his responsibilities?
"Didiou" is... a euphemism for something-or-other 'de Dieu"?

Jet-lag -- of course, Raoul had to travel the hard way :o

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 :D

(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 ;p
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Pika-la-Cynique|Professional General Artist
Ah my main Raoul watcher. :)

"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.
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Igenlode|Student Traditional Artist
Looks like the end of the Raoul-centrc comments, I'm afraid - the network I was using seems to have lost access to all URLs beginning www.deviantart.com, which includes the login and notification links. The staff are clueless as to why (the browsers simply report 'the site may have moved', and they assure me it's not officially blocked) and it's out of my control.
I'm typing this via a three-line letterbox window on a mobile phone :(
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Pika-la-Cynique|Professional General Artist
Not to clutter up messages you'll have trouble reading, then, but I hope you find a way back.
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Songsterbyrd's avatar
I feel that the good Vicomte went up in Jareth's estimation for a moment there...I love these little character moments. :)
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AnneDey's avatar
The final punchline made my day. I mean more than a new page of GND already did. Thank you for gracing us with such a well drawn well thought comic. Really where will I be without great drawn fan fiction with private jokes I understand?
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Fya85's avatar
As excited as I am about this page (and I so so so am!!!!) everytime I try to imagine Jareth and Sarah tourist-ing around Paris, I just have that song from Anastasia in my head: "Paris Holds The Key To Your Heart" and there is much laughter and smiling lol.
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Melstrife's avatar
Jareth, how far you've come. Your old self would have bogged Raoul for the comment of "voluntary" date. I personally want to see that. But I'm a girl who holds grudges. LOL! Yes, the "white knight" that gets the girl... LOL!
But jumping on.... Jareth and Sarah on a date in Paris!!! YAY!!!!
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rcoots|Hobbyist General Artist
Raoul's face! His face, through this whole page! Il love it! And Jarenth's little ... *dies* So great!
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Inspector-Spinda|Hobbyist Digital Artist
oml this is a labyrinth comic :O the first thing i thought when i saw this was that david bowie looked a lot like david bowie :D
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Pika-la-Cynique's avatar
Pika-la-Cynique|Professional General Artist
You have indeed stumbled into a long-running crossover fancomic feature-starring the Labyrinth cast. :D And I'm tickled you could tell the likeness.
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Saphireghost's avatar
Thank you so much for still going with this comic! I have been following along for years and it's awesome to be still entertained and have a comic that is constant throughout the years. That is all. 
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RaluDreamwanderer's avatar
de Champigny! ^^ Mushroom Bounce 
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LittleNjo|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Change the names between Vicomte and Jareth and you could have a dynamic duo.  jus saying... if it worked for 50 shades it could work for you....
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meager-assassin|Hobbyist Photographer
I love the interactions between these two!
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amorfati1013's avatar
God the worst part is, this is him trying.  I'd say he was raised by wolves, but polar bears seems more accurate.
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JRGodwin's avatar
the worst part is, this is him trying. 

Hahaha
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Pika-la-Cynique|Professional General Artist
:lol:
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