When one is writing about the Royal Navy of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries it is difficult to avoid understatement; it is difficult to do full justice to one’s subject; for so very often the improbable reality outruns fiction. Even an uncommonly warm and industrious imagination could scarcely produce the frail shape of Commodore Nelson leaping from his battered seventy-four-gun Captain through the quarter-gallery window of the eighty-gun San Nicolas, taking her, and hurrying across her deck to board the towering San Josef of a hundred and twelve guns, so that ‘on the deck of a Spanish first-rate, extravagant as the story may seem, did I receive the swords of the vanquished Spaniards; which, as I received, I gave to William Fearney, one of my bargemen, who put them, with the greatest sang-froid, under his arm’.
Master and Commander – Patrick O’Brian
Julian Bashir: What are you eating?
Miles O’Brien: I’m not eating; I’m chewing.
Julian Bashir: Chewing what?
Miles O’Brien: Gum. It’s traditional. I had the replicator create me some.
Julian Bashir: They just chewed it?
Miles O’Brien: No, they infused it with flavor.
Julian Bashir: What did you infuse it with?
Miles O’Brien: Scotch.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 7: Episode 4 – “Take Me Out to the Holosuite”
I’m definitely a fan of the recent resurgence of animated shorts preceding feature films. It harkens back to an earlier time when cartoons and news reels were a part of the cinema experience (though I hope they don’t bring back news reels!). Pixar, of course, has always had a short attached to each of their new releases, but Disney Animation has gotten back in the game for their last three movies and the results have been impressive. Paperman (which aired before Wreck-It Ralph) is nothing less than a masterpiece, while Get a Horse! (attached to Frozen) was a fun, creative use of 3D that captured a bit of that historical Disney magic. The recent debut of Big Hero 6 brought with it a new short, Feast, that serves both purposes of an animated short: it serves an hors d’oeuvre for the main film while also telling an endearing and entertaining story of its own.
“Ron was great,” said Tonks warmly, relinquishing her hold on Lupin. “Wonderful. Stunned one of the Death Eaters, straight to the head, and when you’re aiming at a moving target from a flying broom —”
“You did?” said Hermione, gazing at Ron with her arms still around his neck.
“Always the tone of surprise,” he said a little grumpily, breaking free.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling