Valentine: Prelude To A Kill

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Now controlled by Umbrella, Jill and dozen Umbrella soldiers have been sent to eliminate all remaining survivors, including primary targets, Claire Redfield, Chris Redfield and "Project Alice". She informs her soldiers to take no prisoners and shoot to kill, and that they'll be in for the fight of their lives. She and her unit attacks the Arcadia and successfully captures the survivors aboard the ship. She captures Ada and is later confronted by Alice above the Umbrella facility she was held captive in. Just as Jill was preparing to kill Alice, Alice ripped the scarab device controlling her off her chest and shot the device, returning Jill to normal.

Alice joins in the fight against Rain, who had just killed Luther and injured Leon. After a serious beating, Alice notices the Undead below the frozen sea. Jill throws Alice her gun, allowing her to shoot the ice where Rain was standing, causing her to fall through and be eaten by the Undead. Jill, along with Ada, Leon, Alice and Becky , are present when Albert Wesker returns Alice's powers to her and later explains his plot for his final stand against the Red Queen and the Undead. In The Final Chapter , Wesker's defection from Umbrella is revealed to be a ploy to gather the surviving remnants of humanity in one location.

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Wesker ultimately betrays those he gathered, destroying the White House and killing all but Alice, including Jill. Stirring around the contents of her skull with the tendril until he believed her to be dead, before dropping her lifeless body to the ground. This surprisingly did not kill her though, as Jill survived long enough, albeit in a in a heavily brain damaged state, to free Alice from the Melange , a creature exclusive to the novel.

Now free from the creature, Alice desperately crawled towards her friend, only to watch as she was ensnared by the Melange that absorbed her into it's mass, killing her. Jill Valentine was a very serious individual. Believed by many to be the scariest woman in the world, Jill was known to possess a keen intellect and a strong distrust of people in positions of power. After discovering the truth about Umbrella and what they were doing, Jill began keeping tabs on the organization almost to the point of obsession. Her zeal was so extreme that it eventually cost her both her job and her reputation among her fellow STARS.

Despite this, or perhaps because of it, Jill continued to monitor the Umbrella Corporation and their activities right up to the outbreak that would end up destroying Raccoon City and the world in private and was able to keep her observations a secret. A woman of few words, and even fewer friends, Jill was shown to be extremely protective of the people she cared about and was willing to go to sometimes questionable lengths to ensure their safety. She had no time for Terri Morales, seeing her somewhat correctly as a civilian out of her depths. But nonetheless felt extremely guilty when she discovered her dead, believing that she could've saved her if she'd gotten there in time.

This tendency to blame herself whenever she lost people would often lead her to make revenge missions against the people whom she viewed as responsible. After being captured and brainwashed by Umbrella, Jill was shown to be almost completely emotionless and her only purpose in life was to serve Umbrella and their goals. Enslaved by her archenemies, Jill was cruel, calculating, and merciless to anybody who was known to be against Umbrella. She was perfectly willing to use torture to get information without showing any remorse and its implied that she often used torture just for the sake of torture without asking any of them questions.

Suggesting that she takes great pleasure in watching and causing her enemies' pain. In the game, when under control, Jill was revealed to still be self-aware and was able to hear and see everything that she was doing but was unable to control her body. It's entirely possible that this applies to this version as well. Jill is shown to be a skilled marksman and hand-to-hand fighter, she displays prowess in eliminating the Undead with little trouble however Jill admits that she isn't as good in hand-to-hand combat compared to Alice.

In Retribution Jill's abilities are enhanced while she's controlled by the Scarab as shown with her being able to lift Alice with one hand along with Jill being more agile, interestingly Jill was able to activate a motorized vehicle with a simple glance. With the Scarab's removal it's likely that Jill's abilities are returned to normal. Jill wears a close-fitting blue top that goes to about hip level. It has two seams down the front for a great fit. It's very short, coming to about mid-thigh length. Again, the feminine principle, sophic mercury , was linked with silver, … the exoteric symbol of Luna was therefore transferred by the adepts to denote sophic mercury.

As the messenger Mercury would receive - thats a good way to remember it, Sulphur, the Sun, Gold would give. Sophic mercury was called: Luna, queen, female, sister, Isis also Latona … , serpent, eagle, winged dragon, humid radical, celestial water, rain of the sages, volatile principle, wax for Hermes' seal white mercury, menstruum, bath of the king, etc.

A particularly intriguing association was that of the cat with Luna, or sophic mercury, because the pupil of a cat's eye was said to expand when the moon was waxing and to contrat when it was waning. The central stem of the alchemical caduceus was sometimes held to consist of 'gold of the philosophers' and the two serpents were said to represent either the male and female or the fixed and volatile principles.

Moreover, the serpent was used as a solar emblem, a phallic emblem, and an emblem of the earth; sometimes also it symbolised the hermaphroditic principle. In some cosmogonies, with the egg, the symbol of fertility, we find the serpent, the creature of fertile chthonian gods. Further, it is of interest that the Sun-god and Moon-goddess, or Great Father and Great Mother were figured not only as lion and lioness, bull and cow, etc.

Sometimes male and female serpents or dragons are pictured as devouring or destroying each other, thereby giving rise to a glorified dragon… the same symbol may also denote putrefaction. Davis, writing in a similar vein, remarks that ' from earliest times the mind of man has grasped tangible and formulated intangible Nature by means of two opposite qualities and a third by which the opposites are mediated, reconciled and included.

The philosophy of Hegel is but a reiterated insistence upon the three - the Thing, its Own Other, and the Thing-in-itself. He starts with 'O Unity in the substance', so 'oneness'?

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Indeed it is the Stone which the builders os Solomon disallowed. But if it be prepared in the right way, it is a pearl without price, and, indeed, the earthly antitype of Christ, the heavenly Corner Stone. As Christ was rejected and despised in this world …. It is said also 1 that in the Sacrament of the Altar are concealed the most profound secrets of spiritual Alchemy; 2 …the Great Work is the birth of the Philosopher's Stone in the Sacred Nativity; Sublimation is the Divine Life and Passion; 4 …the black state represents the death on Calvary; 5 …perfection of the Red state corresponds to the resurrection …and Divine Life thereafter.

The fundamental idea of the Philosopher's Stone was expressed by Arnold of Villanova in the following terms:. If you heat it up, sulphureous fumes are released, and lead results. Why not therefore with other metals or more heating could not more sulphur be extracted to make gold? The Philosopher's Stone, under such names as the Elixir of Life, or Grand Elixir, was depicted as a panacea for all human ills, capable also of restoring youthfulness and prolonging life.

This idea appears to derive from Paracelsus, who coined the word alkahest from the German allgeist , or 'all-spirit'. What a curious little book this must have been, and also sold at the Church door : Also, cf Plate I-3 in Transformation of the Psyche …the guy with the helmet. Nature could not attain this end without Art, nor could Art encompass it without Nature. Thus, both the preparation of the Stone and its application as a transmuting agent could be regarded, … as essentially the union of masculine and feminine principles.

These were not always identified with gold, silver, and quicksilver… Some alchemists depicted the existence of a universal primitive matter, known as the Bird of Hermes , which was supposed t…to rove continuously from heaven to earth, and earth to heaven. Further, the imaginary Adamic earth , 'red earth', or 'virgin earth', was said - like the Stone itself - to be of universal occurrence; so that the secret of its identity had to be preserved by the esoteric brotherhood.

This reference seems too appropriate. So there was the preparation of the Proximate materials - then there was the multiple processes exacted in the sealed Hermetic Vase - the Great Work proper. These were nominally represented by the signs of the Zodiac - 12 processes. Paracelsus accepted the number of processes as seven.

It was even held, by singularly optimistic adepts, that the Stone could be prepared from a single material, in a single vessel, at a single operation. The deposition of crystals in the cool upper part of a vessel containing heated solid material in its lower part was likened by them to the upward flight of swans, doves, and other birds. The process was sometimes called 'exaltation', or 'elevation', and when repeated many times it was supposed to furnish the 'quintessence' of the material concerned.

Just reading pp. Almost as though if they found a material that behaved in a certain way, then it was suitable…kind of like, if it acts like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. This even makes me think of the witch hunts of the middle-ages, all very 'perception' based. Perhaps these descriptions and formulas in the alchemical context were the exoteric puffers, and not the real adepts in things.

The Stone was also likened by other writers to a flint which could give fire to all and sundry without getting any smaller through it. Then there is the view that it was like a spark as mentioned on page that could start a fire repeatedly in the sense that the matter being transmuted had the potential in it, but needed the spark to make it so.

As mentioned on this page, the idea of enzymes comes into mind here. What is clear though is that the idea of projection was on different levels: the Stone once acquired being inexhaustible, the Stone being so pure as to transmute metals to gold, like a dye or tincture but therefore, exhaustible at some point. It is symbolised by Vulcan , or Hephaestus , the god of fire, who, having been born lame, is often depicted as a man with a wooden leg.

A similar symbol is used for Saturn, or Kronos lead , but in this case the man is aged and carries a scythe, or sickle, and sometimes an hour-glass p. Fire or heat was graded in regimens, or degrees, corresponding usually to different temperatures. Fire of the first degree was sometimes defined as equal to that of a brooding hen. Basil Valentine and others denoted the black, white, rainbow, and red colours by symbolic representations of the crow or raven , swan, peacock, and phoenix, respectively. These regimens were sometimes represented by flowers.

The form of the 'double pelican', for example Fig 12 , was mystically connected with the process of conjunction. Air, water, and earth were recognised by certain adepts as the vessels in which Nature conducted her operations. The 'little mountains' was another term applied to the Vase and its containing furnace; the 'white herb growing on the little mountains' was thus the white stage of the magistery.

Basically - there was no real consensus on the time it took! There are some really interesting plates here.

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This proceeding is reminiscent of a passage in a contemporary work by Salmon, which opens with the direction: 'Gather Dew in the Month of May , with a clean white Linnen Cloth spread upon the Grass'. Since 'infant's blood' was an expression for the 'mineral spirit of metals', and the sometimes represented sophic sulphur, this curious detail may signify the conjunction of sophic sulphur and sophic mercury. Or, it may represent Saturn Kronos swallowing his offspring p : in this way, lead, symbolised by Saturn, may be pictured as undergoing transmutation into gold through the intervention of the 'infant's blood'.

What is interesting though is the bow string in plate 10 is slack compared to the bow in plate 6 - the bow has been used. T a better use dot the Art reserve itself, which is wont to be mistress and leader to the others. Edited by Michael Maier. Minerva Athena , the goddess of wisdom, with helmet, golden staff, and shield bearing an image of Medusa's head, is associated in the engraving with the owl, which was sacred to her in Greek mythology. The phoenix symbolises renewal, and the pelican nourishing its young is a figure of revivification p This last symbol is a six pointed star, consisting of two interlacing triangles; it may be analysed as a combination of the two symbols of fire and water, or of the four symbols of earth, air, fire, and water.

The design sometimes represents 'universal matter', sometimes the materia prima of the Stone, and it has also been called the seal of Solomon, or the symbol of wisdom. As it turns white, it is named the Virgin's Milk, or the Bone of the Whale. In its red stage, it is the Red Lion. When it is blue, it is called the Blue Lion. When it is all colours, the Sages name it Rainbow.

There is an interesting footnote in this section about Sir Isaac Newton and his interest in Alchemy. The elements are to be combined arithmetically and also musically p. This Spirit reneweth both Men and Beast, like the Eagle; consumeth whatsoever is bad, and produceth a great Age to a long life.

The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony. In me you find mercury, sulphur, and salt, the three great principles of health. Mercury is in the regulus, sulphur in the red colour, and salt in the black earth which remains. In quoting The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony there is a detailed description process. I have no idea if this image relates at all to this text, but it seems to me to be fitting. The Star is as distinct as if a draughtsman had made it with a pair of compasses. In these together driven goldish waters lieth hid that true bird and Eagle , the King with his heavenly Splendor together with its clarified Salt.

The Twelve Keys. By this process the King will be liberated; and when it has been performed thrice the Lion has overcome the wolf, who will find nothing more to devour in him. Thus our Body has been rendered fit for the first stage of our work. In this case, the grey wolf is clearly antimony, which was known to alchemists as lupus metallorum , or 'wolf of the metals', because it 'devoured', or united with, all the known metals except gold. On account of its use in purifying molten gold …antimony was also called balneun regis , the 'bath of the King'.

Moreover, its 'appetite' for metals was likened to the mythological appetite of Saturn for infants p : antimony was therefore sometimes called 'the sacred lead', or 'lead of the philosophers'. Saturn takes over the mythology of Kronos, who is often represented as an old man holding a curved implement shaped like a scythe or sickle.

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The wooden leg probably symbolises the slow movement of Saturn through the sky. Vulcan, the fire-god, was shown with a wooden leg for another reason p. The emblem is thus a pictorial expression of the application of the sulphur-mercury theory in the earlier stages of the preparation of the Philosopher's Stone. Then the earth was quickened into motion. In the earth was salt, that is, the Body; the air that was breathed into it was mercury, or the Spirit, and this air imparted to him a genuine and temperate heat, which was sulphur, or fire.

Then Adam moved, and by his power of motion shewed that there has been infused into him a life-giving spirit. Thus living man is an harmonious mixture of the four elements. As man had the spirit blown into him by God, to the earth had mercury put into it…and so the analogies go. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is right, ideally with citations. Answers that don't include explanations may be removed. Like what Moe said, their relationship never worked out. It's pretty obvious Dean loves Cindy so much that he would do anything for her example: marry her even though he found out the daughter isn't his.

He also begged her if he can do anything to make things better. On the other hand, Cindy is selfish to me, notice whenever she doesn't like something, she says "stop it". I mean it's ok to stop someone if you disagree what he is doing but that brings out her characteristic. She only cares about herself, since she doesn't care about her family at all. She didn't manage to abort because she was afraid to do it.

It's like everything has to base on her preference. She didn't care about her daughter's breakfast, show, etc. She needed Dean because she knew she had a baby and she didn't know what to do. Also, she had to explain to her parents about her baby. It would've been tough if Dean never appeared in her life. That's also the main reason why she accepted Dean's proposal. At the beginning of their relationship, I can tell Cindy likes him because of his passion and characteristic. She told Dean to do something because thought he has potential to be a "successful" guy. However, Dean doesn't share the same view, he said "I didn't want to be your husband" but he had to because he promised for what he said.

He quit high school because he thought he couldn't find his life goal through big money and knowledge. He wouldn't mind working as a painter with low income. In my opinion, all he wants is a family with who he loves his daughter and Cindy but nothing else. To me, Cindy is selfish and a girl who won't think a step ahead, she does what she feels the most comfy. I also think, they did love each other, but the feeling was doubtful and temporary.

I have never seen such a sad movie, my heart literally broke at the middle of the film. I was like 'why Dean, why are you being such a good man! Why are you that stupid'.

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However, love is the thing makes people stupid and nonsense. Dean surely doesn't deserve that, but love is what makes him a person. It's life. I believe Cindy's and Dean's relationship crumbled because of insecurity. First, from Cindy's point of view, she looks at Dean and sees the perfect guy. I mean Dean is a musician that looks like Ryan Gosling. And he has so much potential even towards the end of their relationship, while she looks at herself and sees a failed pre-med who is only getting promoted because her boss thinks she's hot.

Now Dean has growing insecurity. He is unreasonably jealous and protective, even though the plot proves him to be right. Dean became this way because Cindy is one foot in this relationship, and mostly because of his mother's divorce.

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Dean is insecure. He can feel that there is something wrong. admin