The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

Licensed to Crenellate

I think crenellated parapet is my favorite term in all the English language. Either word alone is wonderful, but together they make a phrase so magnificent-sounding that it's hard to believe it actually also means something. A thing that's crenellated has crenels, of course, or crenellations, which are the notchy bits; the solid bits are merlons. Merlon, crenel, merlon, crenel, all the way around: crenellated!

At least in theory, one used to need a license to crenellate in order to so fortify one's castle. So now I know what to call my debut hip-hop album.

Before Aglet disassembled him for parts I took some pictures of the Lego Dracula. Here he is shot with a spooky Dutch angle to increase your sense of psychological discomfort:

"Within, stood a tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache, and clad in black from head to foot, without a single speck of colour about him anywhere...His face was a strong, a very strong, aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils, with lofty domed forehead, and hair growing scantily round the temples but profusely elsewhere. His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth. These protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years. For the rest, his ears were pale, and at the tops extremely pointed. The chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin. The general effect was one of extraordinary pallor."

True, the color of the hair on Dracula's head is not specified, but it seems likely that it's white like his mustache, and his eyebrows: "The thick eyebrows that met over the nose now seemed like a heaving bar of whitehot metal" during the scene in which he flings his various girlfriends across the room to keep them from sucking Harker dry before Harker can sell him an English house because that is the whole point, damn it, I brought you a peasant now eat that instead: "How dare you touch him, any of you? How dare you cast eyes on him when I had forbidden it? Back, I tell you all! This man belongs to me! Beware how you meddle with him, or you'll have to deal with me."

Oh, and Van Helsing has impressive eyebrows too, as we know because Harker says to him, "Doctor, you don't know what it is to doubt everything, even yourself. No, you don't, you couldn't with eyebrows like yours." God, how I love that weird book.
Tags: aglet, dracula, luna, stix, van helsing
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