Lavoisier is having none of your shit.
Heeeey so fun fact: the woman in that painting is Lavoisier’s wife, Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze, who not only acted as Lavoisier’s lab assistant but also translated English and Latin texts into French so he could read them. But she didn’t just translate, she pointed out errors in the chemistry in some of the texts. Her observations of these errors convinced Lavoisier to study combustion, which led to his discovery of oxygen. She was also critical to the publication of Lavoisier’s Elementary Treatise on Chemistry in 1789. She kept strict records of every experiment they conducted together and drew detailed diagrams of all their equipment. She also threw amazing parties and invited all the brightest minds in science so her husband could pick their brains. After Lavoisier was guillotined she secured all of his notebooks and equipment for posterity.
In short: NOBODY KICKS MADAME LAVOISIER OUT OF THE LAB.
Also, a side note: My historian husband-to-be pointed some things out to me about this painting. Notice that Madame Lavoisier is looking at the viewer, and all the light is on her, while Lavoisier himself is physically smaller than her, in shadow, and looking up to her in reverence. This isn’t a candid photograph- all of these choices are deliberate. The painting isn’t of Lavoisier- Madame Lavoisier is meant to be the central subject.
I can just imagine Lavoisier telling all his colleagues that his wife is really the one with all the clever ideas, and them patting him on the back and telling him he’s sweet for saying so.
when McGonagall finds out that Ginny is pregnant, and that the Weasley and Potter bloodlines will converge, she marks on her calender the day the child will turn 11 and that is the day she retires
If you could get rid of something in the world, what would it be?
I don’t know. Just because I can’t see the far reaching effects. I could get rid of hate, but then we might be too apathetic to change things like global warming. And getting rid of one tiny organism would throw off the ENTIRE world. Gah this is a hard question. I want my answer to do good for everyone and not be self serving. Capitalism. That’s what I’m going with… Get rid of capitalism.
What’s something that gives you a boost in energy and productivity?
Um. Pickle juice. I work at a ren faire and they sell pickles. And the juice has a ton of electrolytes and rehydrates you and is a really awesome pick me up. Plus it’s free. On a non physical level, intellectual conversation. It’s embarrassingly stimulating to me, I practically start vibrating with happiness.
What’s something that calms you down?
Depends on the kind of calm you’re looking for. When I’m having an emotional freak out, stating the truth calms me down. It brings me back to center and makes things seem less out of control. As for phyiscally? Breathing. Or having somebody play with my hair. If you play with my hair I will melt into a puddle of goo.
What’s a different direction you could have gone in your life?
Only one?Jeez there are sooo many. I could have married my high school boyfriend, ended up a military wife at best and homeless at worst. That was actually a plan at one point. Thank the gods that did not happen. He was wackadoodle and I had A LOT of healing to do.
Stupid bodice making my stupid body hate me more than it already did. I know I look bloody fantastic in my outfit, but mannnn my stomach hates me for days afterwards.
Put an allomantic metal in my inbox and I’ll answer the question
Zinc: What’s something that gets you excited?
Brass: What’s something that calms you down?
Copper: What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Bronze: What’s something you’re good at noticing about others?
Steel: What’s something about people that repels you?
Iron: What’s something about people that attracts you? Romantically or otherwise.
Pewter: What’s your favorite physical activity?
Tin: What’s your favorite thing for each of the five senses? Favorite smell, favorite sight, etc.
Duralumin: What’s something that gives you a boost in energy and productivity?
Aluminum: What’s something that tires you out quickly?
Nicrosil: How do you help the people around you?
Chromium: If you could get rid of something in the world, what would it be?
Gold: What’s a different direction you could have gone in your life?
Electrum: What do you want to be in the future?
Cadmium: What’s something you like to slow down and enjoy?
Bendalloy: What would you do if you had more free time?
Atium: If you could see one thing about your future, what would you want to know?
Malatium: How have you changed the path of someone else’s life?
Lerasium: If you were a misting, which metal would you want to burn?