Friday, May 29, 2015

The Company of Reliable Yeoman

Sometimes I think of things at work to kill the boredom and this is one of those ideas. The characters of the graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, by Moore and O'Neil , and the movie version were adventures of a group of fictional Victorian era characters. How they got things done was helped or hindered in that they were damaged people and often unpleasant characters. I got the idea that there could be a story with "regular guys" from fiction that could get things done. They have to have a commander but the leader could be as clueless as Bertie Wooster or Squire Trelawny and still succeed. I tried to pick servants and employees rather than sidekicks and I have only one supernatural character.

Here are a few suggestions.

Neb from  The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

 Grey from Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson

 Jean Passepartout from Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne

 Reginald Jeeves from the Jeeves and Wooster stories by P.G. Wodehouse. My pick from the Sergeant of the company.

 Eponine from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

 Uncle Tom from Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

 Jules Verne's novels had numerous faithful servant character and Hans from Journey to The Center of the Earth.

 Jim from Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

 Joe Wilson from Five Weeks in a Balloon , again a Jules Verne character

Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings. I chose this cartoon version of the character from the Rankin and Bass animated Return of The King because he's played as tough, opposed to the  Ralph Bakshi animated version. (Sean Astin's version is too obvious.)

 Ned Land from Around the World in 80 Days.

Just in case you need two harpooners, Queequeg from Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

 Miss Pross from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Madam DeFarge won't get by.

 Most of these characters were lower class or non white. In some cases the author was trying a get the reader to emphasize with characters that were out of the readers experience. Please let me know if you have suggestions of characters who would fit.

Friday, May 15, 2015

No place like Rome

I remember a joke by the late Flip Wilson.....