Know Your Picture Characters Entry #63

July 25th, 2011 by Wordsman

A. アズカバンの囚人 B. 賢者の石 C. 死の秘宝 D. 謎のプリンス

E. 秘密の部屋 F. 不死鳥の騎士団 G. 炎のゴブレット

We hope that Theoman will be reassured to learn that KYPC is a place where ambition will always be rewarded.  Maybe not with money, or success, or some vague, incomprehensible point system, but it will be rewarded on some deep level.  That being said, let’s look at the results.  Overall he did well, getting five of the seven he attempted.  If we wanted to be mean and discount the answers containing katakana, which I believe he knows quite well, then he only gets two out of four.  But still: ambition!  It’s good . . . for some reason!

A Fan did well as well, though several of his answers could have applied to any number of books.  A, however, is Prisoner of Azkaban, which as far as I know has the same title on both sides of the pond.  “The one where Snape is mean to Harry” could be any book, except possibly the 7th, so his guess for B is technically correct as well–it’s the 1st, Sorcerer’s/Philospher’s Stone, the book in which we are introduced to the concept of Snape being mean to Harry.  “The one with snogging” could be Book 5, 6, or 7 (and possibly also 4), so he strikes again with C, Deathly Hallows.  We will skip over any potential arguments that D might raise about the greatest British fantasy author–other than to say that it is Half-Blood Prince (or, in Japanese, Mysterious Prince)–and note that while ambition is rewarded here, seriousness is not so much; A Fan’s one “real guess” fell flat, because E is Chamber of Secrets.  Personally, I think his guess for F was his best, both because it only refers to one book (at least in my opinion) and because it is correct: F is Order of the Phoenix, easily the too longest of the 7 books.  G, however, is neither the interesting nor the boring part of the last book.  It’s Goblet of Fire.

Shirley, unfortunately, had no correct answers, though it seems like she was on the right track.  The thing that she identified as a phoenix rising from the ashes in G is, I assume, the first character, which means “flame.”  E, all “buttoned down and locked up,” does contain the word “secret(s)”.  And we can’t blame her for mistaking “hallows” for “hollows,” because frankly I’m still not sure that “hallow” is a legitimate noun.  But she shouldn’t get too down; next week’s challenge may be a bit more up her alley.

Let it never be said that I do not give in to requests: the next challenge is on Victorian literature.  Try your luck with these works from the mid- to late 19th century: Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Charles Dickens’ Bleak House and Great Expectations, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.  My apologies to any Anthony Trollope fans, but there is no Japanese Wikipedia article about him, which makes it difficult to look up the titles of his works.

A. 大いなる遺産 B. 虚栄の市 C. 荒涼館 D. ジェーン・エア

E. 宝島 F. 不思議の国のアリス


It would be a shame to just let all her hard work go to waste without getting a chance to poke fun at it, so let’s take a look.  Hmm . . . it appears her first guess is actually correct.  But of course there are kanji for “Azkaban.”  They look like this:


They mean “taking a bag into custody,” which doesn’t make a lot of sense, but you could read them as azukaban . . . though I doubt any Japanese person would.  I like her reasoning for guessing that C is Order of the Phoenix, but apparently the worst title in Japanese doesn’t match the worst book (though if we accept A Fan’s division of Deathly Hallows, Part I: The Long Camping Trip (and more snogging), then maybe it does).  Her guess for D is also correct, and the character that she identified as being so complicated actually means “puzzle” or “riddle”.  I’m having a bit of trouble figuring out which character in F “looks like a dog” . . . maybe the third one, I guess, which is a bird.  A bird is also an animal, so it might seem that she is close, but that’s only if you think that birds look anything like dogs.  Do you?  Keep in mind that birds are more closely related to dinosaurs than they are to dogs, and if you take that into account, well, it’s just terrifying.  But Dragon finished strong, correctly picking out the middle book at the end of the list, and even using actual kanji knowledge–perhaps, one can imagine, gleaned from a previous KYPC encounter?–to solve the puzzle.  Bravo!

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8 Responses

  1. A Fan Says:

    I’ll get an answer in later, but I had to put in a good word for Trollope. According to some Internet translating thingy, this might be “The Warden,” one of his best books:


  2. TheomanZero Says:

    I think I’ll try the shotgun approach again this week:
    A. Great Expectations
    B. Vanity Fair
    C. Bleak House
    D. Jane Eyre
    E. Treasure Island
    F. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  3. A Fan Says:

    And I’ll continue with the approach that worked so well for me last week:

    A. The one they make you read in high school.

    B. The one that’s actually fun to read when you’re 12.

    C. The one that’s fun to have someone read to you when you’re 8 (or go see the Disney movie).

    D. “Villette” was actually better, but this one’s pretty good too.


  4. A Fan Says:

    Rats! Anyway, to continue:

    E. The most over-rated one on the list.

    F. Worth keeping on the shelf just for this:

    London. Michaelmas term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor
    sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall. Implacable November weather. As
    much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from
    the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a
    Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine
    lizard up Holborn Hill. Smoke lowering down from chimney-pots,
    making a soft black drizzle, with flakes of soot in it as big as
    full-grown snowflakes–gone into mourning, one might imagine, for
    the death of the sun. Dogs, undistinguishable in mire. Horses,
    scarcely better; splashed to their very blinkers. Foot passengers,
    jostling one another’s umbrellas in a general infection of ill
    temper, and losing their foot-hold at street-corners, where tens of
    thousands of other foot passengers have been slipping and sliding
    since the day broke (if this day ever broke), adding new deposits
    to the crust upon crust of mud, sticking at those points
    tenaciously to the pavement, and accumulating at compound interest.

    Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits
    and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls deified among the
    tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and
    dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights.
    Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on
    the yards and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping
    on the gunwales of barges and small boats. Fog in the eyes and
    throats of ancient Greenwich pensioners, wheezing by the firesides
    of their wards; fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pipe of
    the wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching
    the toes and fingers of his shivering little ‘prentice boy on deck.
    Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a
    nether sky of fog, with fog all round them, as if they were up in a
    balloon and hanging in the misty clouds.

    Gas looming through the fog in divers places in the streets, much
    as the sun may, from the spongey fields, be seen to loom by
    husbandman and ploughboy. Most of the shops lighted two hours
    before their time–as the gas seems to know, for it has a haggard
    and unwilling look.

    The raw afternoon is rawest, and the dense fog is densest, and the
    muddy streets are muddiest near that leaden-headed old obstruction,
    appropriate ornament for the threshold of a leaden-headed old
    corporation, Temple Bar. And hard by Temple Bar, in Lincoln’s Inn
    Hall, at the very heart of the fog, sits the Lord High Chancellor
    in his High Court of Chancery.

    Never can there come fog too thick, never can there come mud and
    mire too deep, to assort with the groping and floundering condition
    which this High Court of Chancery, most pestilent of hoary sinners,
    holds this day in the sight of heaven and earth.

  5. A Fan Says:

    Or this:

    On such an afternoon, if ever, the Lord High Chancellor ought to be
    sitting her–as here he is–with a foggy glory round his head,
    softly fenced in with crimson cloth and curtains, addressed by a
    large advocate with great whiskers, a little voice, and an
    interminable brief, and outwardly directing his contemplation to
    the lantern in the roof, where he can see nothing but fog. On such
    an afternoon some score of members of the High Court of Chancery
    bar ought to be–as here they are–mistily engaged in one of the
    ten thousand stages of an endless cause, tripping one another up on
    slippery precedents, groping knee-deep in technicalities, running
    their goat-hair and horsehair warded heads against walls of words
    and making a pretence of equity with serious faces, as players
    might. On such an afternoon the various solicitors in the cause,
    some two or three of whom have inherited it from their fathers, who
    made a fortune by it, ought to be–as are they not?–ranged in a
    line, in a long matted well (but you might look in vain for truth
    at the bottom of it) between the registrar’s red table and the silk
    gowns, with bills, cross-bills, answers, rejoinders, injunctions,
    affidavits, issues, references to masters, masters’ reports,
    mountains of costly nonsense, piled before them. Well may the
    court be dim, with wasting candles here and there; well may the fog
    hang heavy in it, as if it would never get out; well may the
    stained-glass windows lose their colour and admit no light of day
    into the place; well may the uninitiated from the streets, who peep
    in through the glass panes in the door, be deterred from entrance
    by its owlish aspect and by the drawl, languidly echoing to the
    roof from the padded dais where the Lord High Chancellor looks into
    the lantern that has no light in it and where the attendant wigs
    are all stuck in a fog-bank! This is the Court of Chancery, which
    has its decaying houses and its blighted lands in every shire,
    which has its worn-out lunatic in every madhouse and its dead in
    every churchyard, which has its ruined suitor with his slipshod
    heels and threadbare dress borrowing and begging through the round
    of every man’s acquaintance, which gives to monied might the means
    abundantly of wearying out the right, which so exhausts finances,
    patience, courage, hope, so overthrows the brain and breaks the
    heart, that there is not an honourable man among its practitioners
    who would not give–who does not often give–the warning, “Suffer
    any wrong that can be done you rather than come here!”

  6. A Fan Says:

    But especially this!

    Who happen to be in the Lord Chancellor’s court this murky
    afternoon besides the Lord Chancellor, the counsel in the cause,
    two or three counsel who are never in any cause, and the well of
    solicitors before mentioned? There is the registrar below the
    judge, in wig and gown; and there are two or three maces, or petty-
    bags, or privy purses, or whatever they may be, in legal court
    suits. These are all yawning, for no crumb of amusement ever falls
    from Jarndyce and Jarndyce (the cause in hand), which was squeezed
    dry years upon years ago. The short-hand writers, the reporters of
    the court, and the reporters of the newspapers invariably decamp
    with the rest of the regulars when Jarndyce and Jarndyce comes on.
    Their places are a blank. Standing on a seat at the side of the
    hall, the better to peer into the curtained sanctuary, is a little
    mad old woman in a squeezed bonnet who is always in court, from its
    sitting to its rising, and always expecting some incomprehensible
    judgment to be given in her favour. Some say she really is, or
    was, a party to a suit, but no one knows for certain because no one
    cares. She carries some small litter in a reticule which she calls
    her documents, principally consisting of paper matches and dry
    lavender. A sallow prisoner has come up, in custody, for the half-
    dozenth time to make a personal application “to purge himself of
    his contempt,” which, being a solitary surviving executor who has
    fallen into a state of conglomeration about accounts of which it is
    not pretended that he had ever any knowledge, he is not at all
    likely ever to do. In the meantime his prospects in life are
    ended. Another ruined suitor, who periodically appears from
    Shropshire and breaks out into efforts to address the Chancellor at
    the close of the day’s business and who can by no means be made to
    understand that the Chancellor is legally ignorant of his existence
    after making it desolate for a quarter of a century, plants himself
    in a good place and keeps an eye on the judge, ready to call out
    “My Lord!” in a voice of sonorous complaint on the instant of his
    rising. A few lawyers’ clerks and others who know this suitor by
    sight linger on the chance of his furnishing some fun and
    enlivening the dismal weather a little.

    Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in
    course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what
    it means. The parties to it understand it least, but it has been
    observed that no two Chancery lawyers can talk about it for five
    minutes without coming to a total disagreement as to all the
    premises. Innumerable children have been born into the cause;
    innumerable young people have married into it; innumerable old
    people have died out of it. Scores of persons have deliriously
    found themselves made parties in Jarndyce and Jarndyce without
    knowing how or why; whole families have inherited legendary hatreds
    with the suit. The little plaintiff or defendant who was promised
    a new rocking-horse when Jarndyce and Jarndyce should be settled
    has grown up, possessed himself of a real horse, and trotted away
    into the other world. Fair wards of court have faded into mothers
    and grandmothers; a long procession of Chancellors has come in and
    gone out; the legion of bills in the suit have been transformed
    into mere bills of mortality; there are not three Jarndyces left
    upon the earth perhaps since old Tom Jarndyce in despair blew his
    brains out at a coffee-house in Chancery Lane; but Jarndyce and
    Jarndyce still drags its dreary length before the court,
    perennially hopeless.

    Jarndyce and Jarndyce has passed into a joke. That is the only
    good that has ever come of it. It has been death to many, but it
    is a joke in the profession. Every master in Chancery has had a
    reference out of it. Every Chancellor was “in it,” for somebody or
    other, when he was counsel at the bar. Good things have been said
    about it by blue-nosed, bulbous-shoed old benchers in select port-
    wine committee after dinner in hall. Articled clerks have been in
    the habit of fleshing their legal wit upon it. The last Lord
    Chancellor handled it neatly, when, correcting Mr. Blowers, the
    eminent silk gown who said that such a thing might happen when the
    sky rained potatoes, he observed, “or when we get through Jarndyce
    and Jarndyce, Mr. Blowers”–a pleasantry that particularly tickled
    the maces, bags, and purses.

    How many people out of the suit Jarndyce and Jarndyce has stretched
    forth its unwholesome hand to spoil and corrupt would be a very
    wide question. From the master upon whose impaling files reams of
    dusty warrants in Jarndyce and Jarndyce have grimly writhed into
    many shapes, down to the copying-clerk in the Six Clerks’ Office
    who has copied his tens of thousands of Chancery folio-pages under
    that eternal heading, no man’s nature has been made better by it.
    In trickery, evasion, procrastination, spoliation, botheration,
    under false pretences of all sorts, there are influences that can
    never come to good. The very solicitors’ boys who have kept the
    wretched suitors at bay, by protesting time out of mind that Mr.
    Chizzle, Mizzle, or otherwise was particularly engaged and had
    appointments until dinner, may have got an extra moral twist and
    shuffle into themselves out of Jarndyce and Jarndyce. The receiver
    in the cause has acquired a goodly sum of money by it but has
    acquired too a distrust of his own mother and a contempt for his
    own kind. Chizzle, Mizzle, and otherwise have lapsed into a habit
    of vaguely promising themselves that they will look into that
    outstanding little matter and see what can be done for Drizzle–who
    was not well used–when Jarndyce and Jarndyce shall be got out of
    the office. Shirking and sharking in all their many varieties have
    been sown broadcast by the ill-fated cause; and even those who have
    contemplated its history from the outermost circle of such evil
    have been insensibly tempted into a loose way of letting bad things
    alone to take their own bad course, and a loose belief that if the
    world go wrong it was in some off-hand manner never meant to go

    Thus, in the midst of the mud and at the heart of the fog, sits the
    Lord High Chancellor in his High Court of Chancery.

  7. Shirley Says:

    Do I remember that W.W. seriously suggested somewhere that the greatest writer of fantasy is Rollings, not Tolkien? (I can’t spell and that may be wrong) Or even below C.S Lewis? I hope not.

    Welcome back to Dragon. I missed her clever comments.

    I had to open my figurative big mouth and refer to my beloved Victorians. Darn! Now I have to deliver, and the sad fact is I still don’t know what I’m doing with the Japanese writing and even though I know all the books on the list, 2 being among my very favorites, (tho if I were going to chose a Bronte I would go with the less known but better Villette,) it doesn’t help me. I know you can’t pick 6 books out of all the great writers of that century, but I would more likely have included George Elliot’s Middlemarch or any 6 of Jane Austen’s. And I must protest strongly the exclusion of Trollope in spite of not knowing the proper characters for his name. Do what I do. Fake it. Any resemblance between my answers and the correct ones will be purely co-incidental.

    That said, here goes:

    A. Jane Eyre because the name seems to be sort of divided in two, and I always felt there was a different feel to the story after Jane leaves Rochester at the alter, so to speak.

    B. Great Expectations having been raised, they disappear into smoke and ashes.

    C. Vanity Fair because it’s my least favorite on the list, as is C.

    D. Alice in Wonderland because I wonder why it looks like that when written in Japanese.

    E.I think I can see a pirate ship with little pirates running around and an island.

    F. Bleak House. The sublimely remarkable, mind bloggingly amazing, but surprisingly effective intro into the great story of Jarndice vs. Jarndice could only be the longest choice.

  8. A Fan Says:

    By the way, I once worked on a case which was actually described by the judge as “Hennepin County’s own Jarndyce v. Jarndyce.”

    She sort of had a point, since we were arguing about how to litigate the case 8 years AFTER the parties had agreed to settle.

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