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Beidh ceol, caint agus craic againn, part 2 - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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Beidh ceol, caint agus craic againn, part 2

I had advantages you cannot have when you will come after me.  Dean and I.  We knew in our youths the ones we have come to watch and be wary of, the cauld lawyers of impersonal ambition – ach, give me a rebel and a revolutionary with a warm heart to her, never a cool head and some dream of marble-perfect Utopia: but, there, you will not be interested in my views of Wolfe Tone and Emmet, of Pádraig Anraí Mac Piarais and Maud Gonne, I’m thinking – but: we knew the lawyers with the police-court dreams and the scholars with the principles, who would not see a comma of the rules ignored though the realm should perish for it, each as dangerous on the one side as the other on her own.  And the hero-patriot, the sojer who – and God be thanked for bringing us to that hour – had his triumph and his power in his youth, when he was still young with ideals, and not at the end when a man has become cynical, and might be tempted of his very goodness to give way to the clamour of the mob and allow them to make him a benevolent despot.  And if your honour is at all qualified to be my successor, you will be knowing that danger, I am thinking.

 

Ach.  I had advantages you cannot have when you will come after me.  Dean and I.  If you’re at all like most Chiefs, you will be a halfer or a Muggle-born.  It is said that we who are, have advantages in dealing with the Muggles when we must.  It is rather that we have the experience, more than any Wizard-born, of concealment.  We have been under cover all our lives, so.  And if you’re a steamer – and fair play to you if you are – you will know what Dean and I know, for all that Wizardom is more tolerant than the Muggles: hiding and stealth and passing in plain sight are second nature to us.

 

Recruit us.  Conscript us.  Wizardom is tolerant enough that we cannot be blackmailed for no more than being bent. 

 

Take the crafty.  Not the mere clever.  And take them all the more if they’re crafty and clever both.  And take them at any cost, take them from their departments, sweep them up as they’re leaving school, if they’re crafty, and clever, and cunning – and have their way to make in the world and every man’s hand against them. 

 

Take the poor.  Press-gang the rebels who’ve rejected their da’s plans for their lives.  Take the Irish: when the Irish, even the Wizarding Irish, choose to serve the English Crown, it’s with both eyes open and a nose for danger the English cannot ever acquire at all, whatever.  Take the Black British, take the Poles and the Asians and the Orientals, and for the love of God and all His saints take the Jews.

 

The Muggles did ill and unchristianly to the Princely States, but we weren’t such fools: if we will not have gotten foolishly shed of India by your time, you will be having a Wizarding India as the jewel yet in the Alchemical State Crown.  Harry the ould hairo was seconded in his day to the Ghurkhas and the Sikhs, and Justin and my Dean knew Ghurkha signallers in the Potterwatch days, and they know that the wee men and the grand martial Sikhs can fight, and so they can, but take them away from the mere fighting men when you can, poach them, steal them away, beg them.  For they will not know any division between Muggles and Wizards, and they are crafty beyond all reckoning and honourable always.

 

By any means whatever get when you can as many as you can of the Wizards and Witches who are, one way with another, ‘different’ to the pebble-dashed white British.  They know already how to move amongst persons who are not their people, and anything they do that is a bit-een different is put down to their being birds of a rarer plumage.

 

And most of all, take on strength as many as you can of Wizards and Witches who will give their first loyalty to the Unspeakables and to the Crown, and the more where they haven’t any other ties or claims upon them.  You’re ‘M’, and, Jaysus, it’s a lonely eminence, and your department is a power to itself.  As it must be.  Because it is the internal threats you will be watching, and the powerful and the well-connected you will be watching, and it is the Cabinet and the CMGS and the Minister on whom you are the final check.  You will have the right of access to the Minister, because his Cabinet are not ever fully to be trusted.  You will have the right of access to the Sovereign, because the Minister is never fully to be trusted.



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femmequixotic From: femmequixotic Date: May 23rd, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh.

Oh, love, this bit just broke me a little bit: And if you’re a steamer – and fair play to you if you are – you will know what Dean and I know, for all that Wizardom is more tolerant than the Muggles: hiding and stealth and passing in plain sight are second nature to us.

How true that is. And how wise of Seamus to admit it. And how absolutely heartbreaking that it has to be this way. (I've spent so many years hiding, myself--and still in some ways doing it, partly out of habit and partly to avoid hurting others--that this just made my heart ache a little.)

And I can't even begin to tell you how much I love that Seamus knows that those who may not be of pure English descent make her best defenders and protectors.

<3 to him. And much more <3 to you.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 23rd, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, quite.

We've all dealt with that, have we not.
femmequixotic From: femmequixotic Date: May 23rd, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh, quite.

Sadly, yes. And while it's a frustrating skill to be forced to learn, it does, at times, prove itself quite valuable in other regards. Still. Such a pity we have to learn it for those reasons.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 23rd, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

All is grist that comes to my mill.

And bugger me (sorry) if I'm going to give up lads for that or any consideration.
femmequixotic From: femmequixotic Date: May 23rd, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: All is grist that comes to my mill.

No apologies necessary, dear! I am entirely with you on that regard. Albeit other side of the coin, of course. :D

And it's more than satisfactory at times to pull the wool over the eyes of certain unenlightened individuals, I have to say. Then again, that just might be me enjoying my more devious side a bit too much.
noeon From: noeon Date: May 27th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
This breaks my heart and it's very very true. Hiding in plain sight, living a double or triple cover always, one eye watching out for the next thing.

Beautiful.

And being colder, harder, and harder to shock than the people who would do you harm is always, always a good thing. Not to mention kinder to those who deserve it.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: June 5th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cruel to be kind?

Yes, well.
noeon From: noeon Date: June 6th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

I do repent, but heaven hath pleas'd it so?

Indeed.
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