There are things called memes

There are things called "memes" which I have not figured out yet.  However, I think memes involve my creating a list and then provoking others to respond with their own lists.

Here is a meme.  If I get this wrong, so what….

Imagine you are hosting a weekend at, say The Sabine Farm (some newcomers to the blog might not know that that is my place in the USA), beginning with cocktails on Friday night, continuing with gatherings and activities on Saturday, Sunday Mass, and Sunday events. 

Meals are leisurely and the period equivalent of white tie (as you would have at The Sabine Farm). 

You may invite FIVE pairs of FICTIONAL ENEMIES for the weekend. 

There will be no murders.

Here are my five.

Lex Luthor
Superman

Jean Valjean
Inspector Javert

Athena
Juno

Arthur
Mordred

Sam
Gollum

My mind reels with possibilities, but, here is one list I could make.  Perhaps other bloggers can take up the issue and post their lists.

Weekend with informal activities, formal meals… fictional enemies mixing… like Agatha Christie without the murders.

UPDATE: The image at the top right is from blog participant Vincent (in a comment below).

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21 Responses to There are things called memes

  1. danphunter1 says:

    Holmes

    Moriarty

    Bishop Cranmer

    Thomas More

    Pat Buchanan

    Bill Clinton

    Pope Pius X

    John Paul Sartre

    John Adams

    Thomas Jefferson

  2. danphunter1 says:

    Sorry Father I didnt read the fictional part.
    Darn.

  3. Geoffrey says:

    Fernand Mondego
    Edmond Dantès

    Ernst Stavro Blofeld
    James Bond

    Davey Jones
    Jack Sparrow

    Jafar
    Aladdin

    Doctor Claw
    Inspector Gadget

    Ah! Memories of my youth!

  4. Patrick says:

    Sherlock Holmes
    Professor James Moriarty

    Sam Spade
    Casper Gutman

    Alex Cross
    Gary Soneji

  5. Oratorian says:

    Underdog
    Simon bar-Sinister (one of the most classic names for a villain I’ve ever heard; plus he had a nephew named “Cad”)

    Tom-Slick
    Baron Otto-Matic

    H.R. Puffenstuff
    Witchey-poo

    Batman
    The Bookworm (or King Tut; or the Riddler; or Mr. Freeze…all from the t.v. series, of course)

    Carlo Jonzi, tenore (voice of Nelson Eddy, baritone)
    Bugs Bunny (as Leopold Stokowski in the cartoon “Long Haired Hare.”)

  6. Londiniensis says:

    Floria Tosca
    Baron Scarpia

    D’Artagnan
    Milady de Winter

    André-Louis Moreau (Scaramouche)
    Marquis de la Tour d’Azyr

    Robert of Locksley, a.k.a. the Earl of Huntingdon, a.k.a. Robin Hood
    The Sheriff of Nottingham

    Doctor Faustus
    Mephistophilis

  7. Alisa Rossini says:

    Father Z,
    Where are you saying Mass for the Triduum? My family and I have grown accustomed
    to seeing you occasionally at St. Agnes and certainly the Easter Vigil Mass will
    will not be the same without you singing the exultet – you have been gifted with
    a beautiful singing voice. Even my 8 and 7 year old daughters have enjoyed your
    exultet.

  8. Londiniensis says:

    I also thought of Tom and Jerry, but one wouldn’t get much conversation out of them, of Lt Ellen Ripley and the Alien, but all the other guests would get killed in gruesome ways, of Popeye and Bluto, but they’d break the place up, of Brünnhilde and Hagen, but couldn’t vouch for their table manners, and of (former enemies, now happily married) Beatrice and Benedick, but nobody else would be able to get much of a word in edgeways …

  9. BAILEY WALKER says:

    James Bond & Dr. No
    Obi-Wan Kenobi & Darth Vador
    Jean Luc Picard & the Borg Queen
    Flash Gordon & Ming the Merciless
    Auntie Mame & Dwight Babcock

  10. GPQuartano says:

    Augustus McRae
    Blue Duck

    Beowulf
    Grendel

    Gandalf the Gray
    Saruman the White

    Harry Flashman
    Rudi Von Sternberg

    Seinfeld
    Newman

  11. mattkennel says:

    Prof. Charles Xavier
    Magneto

    Luke Skywalker
    Darth Vader

    Prince Myshkin
    Parfion Semyonovich Rogozhin

    Odysseus
    Polyphemus

    Jean Valjean
    Inspector Javert

    Although, I must say that it would be a strange mass with two mutants, a Sith, a Jedi, a Greek, a cyclops, two Frenchmen, and two Russians.

  12. Janet says:

    Gandalf and Saruman
    Harry Potter and Voldemort
    Eliza Bennett and Miss Bingley
    Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny
    Captain Ahab and Moby Dick

  13. Te_Deum says:

    Vincenzo:

    I just about spit my coffee out. That’s too funny!!!

    Nicely done.

  14. PMcGrath says:

    The other part about a “meme” is that you, Father, need to “tag” six or seven other bloggers — e.g., Amy or Gerald or the Whapsters — in the post, and say, OK, you’re it, which fictional pairs would you invite to dinner?

    Your call, of course, but I would also recommend a very sharp Episco-blogger, Chris Johnson.

  15. MacBeth says:

    With the help of my kids, ages 16, 15, 13 and 10…

    Aslan and Tash
    Dr. Who and the Dalek Emperor
    Paul Atreides and Baron Harkonnen
    Thor and Loki
    Ransome and Weston

  16. Mr. Incredible & Syndrome (“The Incredibles”)
    Adm. William Adama & Dr. Gaius Baltar (“Battlestar Galactica”)
    Don Quixote de la Mancha & Dr. Carrasco (“Man of La Mancha”)
    Ozma of Oz & the Nome King (“Emerald City of Oz”)
    David Dunn & Elijah Price (“Unbreakable”)

  17. Everyone has made some REALLY good suggestions! Some of my favs are:

    Beowulf & Grendel
    Jean Luc Picard & the Borg Queen
    Holmes & Moriarty

  18. dcs says:

    MacBeth writes:
    Paul Atreides and Baron Harkonnen

    I don’t think there has ever been a book written with better villains than Dune.

    Admiral Kutuzov & A Random Motie
    Bugs Bunny & Yosemite Sam
    Elwin Ransom & Richard Devine

    All the rest have certainly been mentioned.

  19. DC says:

    Elektra and Klytemnestra
    Caliban and Prospero (the language would be so incredible)
    Dmitry Karamazov and The Grand Inquisitor
    Faust and the Devil (Goethe’s fictional characters, not the real ones)
    The Guelphs and the Ghibellines (that’s more than five, but we can put up a tent in the back yard)

    Imagine the costumes and the linguistic babel!