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GND 313 - J'assume by Pika-la-Cynique GND 313 - J'assume by Pika-la-Cynique
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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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
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archergwen Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  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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eggishorn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
The mind boggles at the thought.  
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Chepseh Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018
Dem. bonding.
*twitch*
Ah well.
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  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 Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018
de Champigny! ^^ Mushroom Bounce 
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LittleNjo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the interactions between these two!
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amorfati1013 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018
the worst part is, this is him trying. 

Hahaha
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
:lol:
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TintinsTravelBag Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Loved this! Thankyou for still sketching and writing this comic. It always makes me smile  :) 
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Mollyscribbles Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
I always figured part of the stereotype was due to the fact that the waiters in question are in a customer service position in a city known for its tourist draw, and considering how some tourists can act when jet-lagged and determined to wring as much of a quality vacation as they can out of their trip for what they paid, a reflexive wince when an order is placed by an American is understandable.

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.
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RaeSeddon2 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018
lol
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Shanika1481 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
Though I am, like others, eager to see Jareth and Sarah date in Paris, I really enjoyed this page! You again proved your masterful skills in dialogue, even when it's casual. Jareth's voice is as flawless as ever, and though they haven't spoken much at all previously, I think that Raoul is holding his own! (a weird friendship on the horizon??)

P.S. I'm not a fan of de Chagny in canon, but you've converted me with GND. Well done!
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
De Chagny got a lot more interesting to write once I levelled him up from snobby upper-class twit.
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greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
All those exhausted and mildly exasperated expressions <3
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Bookwormgal Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
This has some nice characterization moments for both Jareth and Raoul. And I love it.
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
I enjoyed the novel configuration. :)
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JediMase Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
De Chagny showed some teeth - I liked it.
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PriestessRaven Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
I wonder how long the current unspoken truce (of a sort) will hold after he finds glitter everywhere. No matter how good the house keeping staff is.
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FashionDrawer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Student Artist
haha
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Wynnifredd Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
Loved the natural flow of conversation between the two. The joke was well played and even the non traveler sort like me caught it.

Two thumbs way up.

Uh, Rauol, sweetie, I don't think a fudged memory quite equates to nearly frying Sarah's brain...
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OMG-fangirl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
Ah, love the good Jareth and Raoul talk. Makes this whole Roommates situation better. 
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Wynnifredd Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2018
Sorry, I have no idea why my tablet thinks I want to comment on a comment. How annoying g.
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OMG-fangirl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
That sucks
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LadyAria Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Huh. My experiences, on the whole, when in Paris, have been unusually good, then, I guess. I admit, I haven't been in a decade, but of the two times I went, everyone in Paris and the nearby area were very good, save for ONE exception and I think it's because we accidentally interrupted a date to ask for directions, after we'd gotten lost.
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AngelWarriorQueen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
So... What would be Positive Social Standing in Paris? I mean I guess tip big but then you run the risk of looking like an easy meal, and to be fair I have no earthly clue as to what a "Big Tip" in Paris would be.

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.
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alorindanya Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
They should go to Disneyland Paris, for sure. 
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4eyes0soul Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
If they run into Ladybug and Chat Noir in Paris I am going to freak out.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miraculo…
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SalmonPanther73 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
OMG THAT WOULD BE AN AMAZING CROSSOVER!!!
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4eyes0soul Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Have you seen this? forums.sufficientvelocity.com/…
It's a hilarious review of each episode. I'm the 2nd most popular poster on it.
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Scarlet-Tengu Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018
I second that!
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ayehli1977 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
Two updates in two weeks, so so grateful! And we're in PARIS!!!

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).
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Professional General Artist
Ah, you were in Lyon and you didn't drop a note?...
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ayehli1977 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2018
This was before I had discovered GND, if I am ever there again (and I hope to be, we both loved it so much), I will be sure to send word! (And please drop a note if you are ever in Tokyo!)
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Irislady Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2018
I actually went too France myself recently and it was a lot of fun. The people in Alsace where lovely, and I found that the Parisians where polite but a little cold.
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