June 5th, 2007

So that's what they look like

I am going to give rather than receive today.
My English in laws have up on their Canadian farm a collection of family antiques from the original family farm in Bucks that I have taken snapshots of. Apologies for image quality, small basic camera.

http://s28.photobucket.com/albums/c238/AdelaDoiron/Things/

In the lot is an embrodiery sampler from 1837, by Ms Elizabeth Simmons age 13 years, I can get the text of the verses on the next visit. A folding Jacobite table. A Elizabethan blanket chest original hardware less the drawer. Some clocks, dressers, desks, mirror and chair. And the piece that gives the restoration guy a giddy heart attack, the "lunch" hutch. The story so far on the hutch is some Spanish Mahogany of medieval carving from a ship was salvaged into a church door that was then at a later date salvaged into a hutch. The hutch itself was outside the kitchen door so the field workers did not have to come in for lunch so it is very beaten on. Most of the pieces are since they have always been in use. Right now the hutch holds some pottery I have inherited but have no room for. I can always on next visit get more details out of my mother in law. All items I have had physical contact with so there are some details I can describe first hand.
Questions?

ETA: All these items except the christening gown were brought to Canada in the 50s and suffered for it as the government made fumigation of the wood mandatory. Some like the clocks were recently restored. Granpar in the 30s got sick of the glossy varnish finish on the mantle clock and started to strip it off with turpentine got half way and left it like that, finally fixed last year. The christening gown which is a two piece set, over gown and under chemise, has been used to baptize everyone including my husband and now last year his new nephew since great grandfather's uncle. All hand sewn including the eyelet lace. It is about doll size in the body but long enough to reach the knees of adults holding the baby.

"Mistakes" that lead to irritated bowels

Time: Present day

Google terms used: "lactose intolerance, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, gluten, gluten-free, gluten-free pasta"


Anyone here with any of the problems listed above can be a big help to me here. I know this sounds childish (and like something ridiculous out of "Dumb and Dumber"), and it is, but it's an important plot point for me. I have a character who stupidly decides to exact a sort of revenge on someone she is familiar with by serving him food that she knows is incompatible with his digestive system. I googled it to shit, but of the syndromes/diseases listed above, I couldn't decide which one best fits my criteria for the storyline. If you have any other ideas, feel free to comment with them as well. Basically, I am looking for a combination of a food and a bowel problem that would:

a) For the food, be difficult for the person on the recieving end to tell it was made incorrectly (I looked into gluten-free pasta for this, but couldn't find how similar it appears/feels to regular pasta, and that only works for Celiac anyways)

b) Cause a noticable uncomfortable reaction within 3 hours, preferably sooner

c) Not cause a lot of long-term damage to the victim in question (for the purpose of my character not having the pants sued off of her)


I realize this is a bit of a complex question, I tried to explain it the best that I could. Thanks in advance for the help.

ETA: I think I've settled on using regular milk in a cream soup as opposed to lactaid. Does this sound implausible to anyone?

Biblical passages...

I am not a christian, and therefore know *nothing* about this. What i have is a man who was born about 1840 and fought in the Civil War. He carries the New Testement of the bible. What passage do you think would be something that would 'comfort' him if he felt death was near?

I can't think how you'd google this, and 'death new testament' gets me links to why god is pro-death penelty.

So, maybe more a personal thing? Any suggestions?

ETA: Answered nicely, thank you!