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1. Pull its tail.
Attract the attention of the Wolf. This can be done in any number of ways, but the most successful is to commit some form of crime in front of it. (Note: this need not be a major crime; something as small as taking an apple from a stand without paying and moving a few feet away will draw the Wolf near.) If you want to be extreme — you are trying to defeat the Wolf — it is recommended that you construct a barricade. Wolves do not like uprisings; they tend to end in bloodshed, which can attract other predators. Wolves do not like other predators. They are dishonorable. Please remember that Wolves have honor, and pride themselves on this.
( You may also attract the Wolf by saying that it is dishonorable, or a liar. Remember that Wolves are not Dogs, no matter the collar they wear. A Wolf with an iron circle about its neck is still a Wolf, it is simply choking itself in order to feel something. On the Wolf knows what. This can vary from breed to breed. Purebred Dogs do not react this way to collars. Collars for Dogs are signs of status. Collars for Wolves are not. )
2. Kick it in the ribs hard enough to break it.
Wolves are notorious for their hard chests, and the heart is not always where it should be. Wolves are also honorable, but their morality may be shaky. If you are able to pinpoint the base structure of the Wolf’s worldview, you may be able to strike there. This will wind the wolf. Further actions which work against this perception of humanity will break the Wolf. Please remember that these must be striking things. You cannot simply speak to the Wolf — you must kick it, and kick it hard. Force your foot through its ribcage and grab its heart.
Wolf hearts may or may not be made of wood. If you locate the heart and find that it is not made of muscle, and is indeed oak or maybe birch, light it on fire. Once a Wolf’s heart is burning, it is impossible to put it out. Its ribcage is open. It is weak. It will begin to choke on the smoke. It will stumble.
Do not grab the Wolf now! Let the Wolf walk away. Let it limp. Let it sit with its broken ribs. Let it take awkward glances at its bared chest and burning heart. Let it worry a bit. Let it try to ignore it. The Wolf will be unable to do so for long. ( Remember that the Wolf has honor. When presented with a riddle, the Wolf will attempt to solve it, even if that riddle is about itself — Wolves do not like introspection. ) This should distract it long enough that you have time to:
3. Break its neck.
The Wolf should have stumbled back to you right now. It may be looking for answers, or it may ignore you. Continue with step two — work against the Wolf’s perception of reality. Break its barriers. Show it that its collar is only iron, and that iron is, in its purest form, a soft metal, very bendable, moldable. The Wolf’s sense of honor will compel it to reevaluate what the collar represents. This will only happen if one has completed step two and exposed the Wolf’s chest and made it knowledgeable of its heart, which is ephemeral, meaning that the Wolf is also ephemeral and mortal, and that the collar that it is wearing was made by mortal hands, and that the collar is soft and can falter, and so the Wolf can falter. The Wolf will stumble again.
Speak quietly to the Wolf. Ask the Wolf questions. If the Wolf displays confusion, or agrees to what you ask, or gnashes its teeth, you are making progress.
Display trust in the Wolf. Leave the Wolf on its own for a bit, tell it that you will be back. The situation is now out of your hands and the Wolf will take care of itself. The Wolf will find conflict in whether it should wait for you (like a Dog, and we have already said that a Wolf is not a Dog, and now the collar is no longer a factor, it is certainly a Wolf) or if it should chase after you (like a Wolf, but sometimes Wolves can be afraid of their own fur, because Wolves are Wild Things and Wild Things can be dangers to themselves). If one has completed all of the above steps and has now put distance between themselves and the Wolf, the Wolf will walk away from the situation. You will not see the Wolf again. Please rest assured that the Wolf has broken its neck.
Distant Shores by Sarel Theron
Combination sundial/pocket compass dating to 1700-1750. German. Silver. This is a beautiful example of craftsmanship.
It’s just good business.
Rare and unique flintlock key pistol, 18th century.
Sold at Auction: $2,500
Stephen stretching his fingers and why it makes many people cry:
One of my favourite aspects of Peter Weir’s adaptation of the Aubreyad into Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is Weir’s attention to detail, such as this detail here: Stephen stretching his fingers before playing. Like many of the details Weir includes, this one is easy to miss but summarizes important aspects of canon not explicitly included in the film. Unlike the other details, this one makes a lot of people cry when they realize what it means.
If one hasn’t read HMS Surprise, it might be difficult to understand why such a simple gesture causes so much grief to avid followers of the Aubreyad. But noticing this detail will make anyone who got through the third novel in the Aubrey-Maturin series at the very least wince in remembering why Stephen’s fingers are stiffer than they used to be.
Long story short, Stephen, while on an intelligence mission in Spain, is captured and tortured by the French intelligence at Port Mahon. Even after he is rescued, his time on the rack leaves him with permanent damage to his sinews that leave him nearly incapacitated for the duration of his recovery, and perhaps contribute to his lifelong clumsiness on board ships (although this might just be the result of the fact that he’s the very definition of a landlubber).
All metal turn barrel flintlock pistol originating from London, late 18th century.
Estimated value:$2750 to $4500