October 20th, 2006

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Latin conjunctions

My Latin grammar is rusty and my old textbooks aren't much use, so I figured it would be easier to ask someone when I can actually explain what I mean.

So, concerning Latin conjunctions: I have a distant memory that the suffix "-que" can be used as "and", i.e., "Caesar Brutusque" rather than "Caesar et Brutus." Is this right? And are the nouns inflected as in this example? I'm thinking they're both in the nominative case, because presumably the suffix can also be used for verbs? Er, would something like "Caecillius umbram videt clamatque" be legitimate?

Was there any stylistic guideline in classical Latin as to when this construction would be used, or could it generally be put in place of "et"? And finally, can anyone think of a pithy quotation that uses the construction? I suppose I could make one up, but something in the literature - no matter how obscure - would probably be better. Thank you all for your help.
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To live outside the law...

I)
I'm doing research on the archetype of the rebel, bandit, outlaw, revolutionary-type person in history. I'm interested in anyone from Sandinistas to Billy the Kid--political rebels to dangerous characters who simply didn't like the law. I'm aware of Hobsbawm's writings on the matter ("BANDITS" and "PRIMITIVE REBELS") but I'm wondering if anyone has any more suggestions of movies, books, and/or websites. I'd be very glad for any input on the research of this subect.

II)
Also, I'm wondering what would happen in the following scenario: It is 1976 in London, England. A young man saves a drowning child and leaves before the anyone can catch up with him. The police want to get his name, but he evades them for a while. Finally he gives in, goes to the station, and tells them his name, but makes up a fake address. He leaves.
Is all that realistic?
Then, the same young man gets arrested on "suspicion," which apparently was a law then. Policemen in England could arrest people if they thought they looked suspicious. Anyway, they take him to a different station (different borough of London). He lies about his address AND his name this time, making up a different address from last time.
Now, would anyone relatively sane actually do that, or would the consequences of the police finding out about his lie be too dire for it to be worth it? What would happen? Also, would the police have ways to check on the accuracy of this information? Is this all completely senseless and ridiculous and nothing like real life? Forgive me, I'm young and American, and I really don't know how these systems work... :) But I'd be very grateful for any help.
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Homeless shelter protocol

What sortof check-in/out process might there be at a homeless shelter/soup kitchen?
I'm kindof imagining her standing in a line and then getting to a 'checkpoint' and saying that she's not hungry, she just needs a place to sleep. Would there be any sort of interrogation, listing of rules, here's a baggie with a comb and a bar of soap, anything like that?

To make things more fun:
A) She is a teenager. Will they ask her age? Will they react a special way for under/over 18?
b)She looks like she just walked away from a bad bike accident. She's scratched up, her clothes are ripped, might be a bit bruised. Are they going to question her on this, assume she's abused/a runaway?

(and I doubt this matters, but just in case: Character has a very obvious physical 'deformity' which for purposes of the story is kindof treated like a huge portwine birthmark or missing fingers-- don't stare, don't ask.)
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Location for a car accident

Ok, this question is mostly for LA, CA residents. My main characters are driving in a newer model luxury car when they have a sudden blowout. They pull off to the side of the road, which is very narrow since it is on a hillside. They are trying to change the tire when another vehicle comes along, sideswipes the car and hits them. (Btw, my guys are not drunk or high. They are found later and end up in hospital, but I have that part figured out.) What I need now is a street name (or possibly highway location) where this is most likely to occur. All I can come up with is Mullholland, which seems wrong somehow (too obvious maybe?); preferably a stretch of road that might be considered bad luck or jinxed. I have studied various maps of the area but I can't find one that works. The place doesn't have to be in LA, anyplace along the coast will do but I'd rather have it in or near LA. Thanks in advance.