Hello everyone! Does everyone remember last month’s innovative and exciting quiz? If you’ll remember, I asked you to watch a video called “Book Report from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. Either do a google search for it or click below (and PS, the screen is black, but don’t let that throw you like it nearly did me; click on it anyway) The link is the word “Book Report” below–click on it. P.S. I could only watch it on Google Chrome. Maybe it’s just me.
Uh-oh! The video has been taken down! Probably for copyright reasons. All I could find was this abbreviated version:
Now listen, here is the audio version–watch both!
Here’s what it’s about: Four members of the Peanuts Gang are doing a homework assignment–namely to write a book report on Peter Rabbit in 100 words. Schroeder clearly has not read the book, but HAS read Robin Hood, so he writes a book report on that, making spotty references to Peter Rabbit throughout, hoping his Robin Hood allusions will fill up the 100 words! Schroeder was very exuberant over the action-packed Robin Hood!
Lucy thinks it’s a dumb assignment and cares only about getting her 100 words in. She makes contemptuous remarks throughout, saying “stupid this and stupid that”.
Linus has made a big production out of the whole thing and has researched every possible angle of the story, concentrating on the sociological implications of being an outcast/scapegoat in a tightly-knit family of rabbits, and…
Charlie Brown is the very soul of procrastination as he can’t even get started and is caving in under pressure! So, the point is to try to figure out what remedy type each of these characters is. Here again we revisit our quiz from last month. Shana, roll tape.
Mom!!!!! What are you doing? I thought we were back to our regular format!
But Shana! I was just inspired! Inspired, I tells ya! I have a brilliant idea! You know how everyone loves the Peanuts Gang, right?
They do? Are our readers from India and Pakistan familiar with this cartoon?
Shana, they know who the Peanuts Gang are–or is, as the case may be– and they know who Rocky And Bullwinkle are too! Here they are standing outside their Alma Mater, Wottsamatta U.
Who? Our readers from India and Pakistan?
No! Rocky and Bullwinkle!!!!!! (Are you sure you work here?) I want everybody to watch this Peanuts video called “A Book Report”. Schroeder (boy typing at the computer), Charlie Brown (boy making excuses not to get started), Lucy (the only girl) and her brother Linus (boy with books piled high to the ceiling) all have to write a book report for school. They each have a different outlook on doing it which tends to reveal a remedy picture! My question is, what constitutional remedy are these 4 characters and why do you think so? This is going to be the best quiz ever!
If you say so.
Send your answers to me at [email protected] The answers will be in next month’s issue. Oh! And guess who the Homeopath in the Hot Seat is for next month?
Um….don’t tell me, don’t tell me…….. Tell me!
ME!!!!! Shana, this could be our big break into show business! And for this, I think we need Ethel Merman to sing us out!
Let’s go on with the show!!!!!
OK, everybody; here are our answers, starting with our good friend, Kelly Young. Take it away, Kelly!
Okay, I think I’m ready now. Here goes nothing and remember, I’m still an amateur so be nice! Also, I wasn’t clear on if you were after their approach to the book report or their general personality/constitutional?? I have a bit of both.
Lucy- Lachesis. She uses angry words “stupid rabbit” and seems quite resentful of having to do the assignment. Definitely irritable in general. Her report is not very detailed- she wants to get it over with as quickly as possible with the least amount of work (lazy), counting her words, filling in with “very, very”, etc. Bossy dictator personality that uses both physical and emotional bullying to get her way.
Linus- Sulphur. Lots of books, profound theories on the psychological aspects of the characters. He reads and (almost) lectures but never writes down a single word! Big words and theories.
Charlie Brown- Phosphoric acid. Procrastinates, keeps saying his thinking is, “not very good”. Can’t seem to get started, pessimistic and fearful. Seems apathetic, nervous and insecure. Pacing/fruitless activity.
Schroeder- I’m torn between Nat Mur and Phosphorus He seems too intense and serious for Phos though. Smart, creative and has a great grasp of the story of Robin Hood. Prolific writer but off target!
So, how’d I do?
Well, Kelly, I think you did a great job, really! Ascribing “laziness” to Lucy, brilliant! Yes, I wouldn’t have thought of that but it’s true! There has to be some explanation for her apparent need to “just get it over with”!
It’s true that she has a very haughty attitude toward the whole assignment:
“Peter Rabbit is a stupid book about a stupid rabbit who steals vegetables from other people’s gardens!”
She’s taking a very superior tone. For that reason I used “haughty” rather than “angry”; but, you could be right and I could be wrong. She seems to come across as “disrespectful” more so than angry, at least to me.
Yes, she is very bossy! I used “domineering disposition”.
Linus as Sulphur: everyone seems to agree with you! Good point that he does all that research and never writes a single word, meaning he gets nothing done! Typical sulphur!
Charlie Brown as Phos-ac. Interesting, yes, because he’s so tired, it seems.
Schroeder’s a tough one, I know. Too intense for Phosphorus, I agree. Nat-mur….see, Nat-mur would have read the book! Schroeder didn’t read the book, it was too insipid, he read what he WANTED to read! Nat-mur would have obediently read the assignment AND the essay would have been PERFECT!
Thank you Kelly, you acquitted yourself admirably!
Lucy is an Arsenicum because she sounds anal, counting each word till she has enough.
Linus is a Sulphur because he’s likes to read advanced stuff from his stacks of books, and he sounds like an adult.
Charlie Brown is a Pulsatilla because he seems “soft” and is eating peanut butter.
Schroeder is an enigma. Not enough info and I can’t make out what he’s saying. There’s no rubric “desires to type.”
Hi Nonda, thanks for taking part in our quiz! I think Lucy is counting because the assignment was to write a 100 word book report and as far as Lucy is concerned, as soon as she gets to 100, she’s done; regardless of how inane her essay turns out to be, she just doesn’t care! She doesn’t care because she thinks it’s STUPID! Again: “haughty”.
Yes, everyone thinks Linus is a sulphur, and I can see why!
Pulsatilla for Charlie Brown, he’s soft and eating peanut butter, good observation!
Schroeder. Yes, he is a bit inscrutable isn’t he? I’ll get into Schroeder later. Thanks again, Nonda, I appreciate your writing in!
OK, so what do you think about this:
(feel free to add wacky comments)
Charlie Brown: Postpones everything, can’t even get himself to start the project (aversion to undertaking new projects), theorizes and rationalizes his lack of initiative, weak willed and undisciplined – Lycopodium
Wow. Good one, Mati. He definitely has an aversion to getting started, and he IS full of theories!
Lucy: doesn’t want to do her homework, but because she is obedient, responsible and reliable, she does it anyway. She jumps in, with no hesitation, but there is no passion in her project. Duty forces her to complete the task, but she counts the words and doesn’t write a single word more than she has to. She comes up with an unimaginative story, filled with useless words, even though she stays on target. No juice, no passion, very dry story, in other words, just a pile of salt – Nat Mur
I don’t know, Mati…. Would the obedient Nat-mur have been so disrespectful, using words like “stupid book” and “stupid rabbit” in her homework? She acts like she doesn’t care what grade she gets! Don’t we tend to think of Nat-mur as a member of the Honor Society? Always getting A’s and B’s? Oh! And Lucy seems actually pleased with her book report! Look at her with her self-satisfied smile as she’s counting her words and adding extra “very’s” to make sure she gets the requisite hundred words! Again, I would have to use the rubric “haughty” here and Nat-mur is only a 1 in that rubric.
Linus: Dives into piles of books for the sheer joy of collecting more info about Peter Rabbit and the psychology between Peter and his siblings. He doesn’t care about the story, he is not worried about getting it done on time, or the fact that they are only supposed to write 100 words. Definitely Sulphur, which is also supported by the dirty blanket he always drags around. It has probably never been washed, but it doesn’ bother him a bit.
Good point about that dirty blanket, Mati! (delusion: rags are riches–sulphur)
Schroeder: He is the creative type with an overactive mind that can’t focus on one boring story at a time. His story is way too long, and turns into a mish mash of Robin Hood with a few rabbit comments here and there, but he doesn’t care. He enjoys his imagination and types as fast as he can.
This remedy is more tricky. When I look up Mind/activity/increased (carc/lach/med/Phos), Mind/concentration difficult in children (Carc/lach/med/Phos) and Mind/concentration/can’t fix attention (med/Phos), Phosphorus stands out the most.
Looks like you and Kelly are on the same page here!
I also know that Lucy is attracted to Schroeder, and if he is a Phosphorus and she is a Nat Mur, it is the perfect match. She is so responsible and practical, which is exactly what he needs in his spaced out life, and he will never fulfill her needs because he is too self absorbed with his music and creative ideas, which gives her the perfect opportunity to learn to love herself (Nat Mur’s core lesson).
Mati, this is precisely the reason I don’t think Lucy can be Nat-mur! Her nat-mur need for love (If I’m perfect, I’ll be loved), would keep her from writing, “Peter Rabbit is a stupid book about a stupid rabbit who steals vegetables from other people’s gardens!”
He is a dreamer, and she’s got her legs firmly planted in practicality. Unfortunately, it is a common fact that idealists often end up in relationships with realists, even though realists are nothing but a wet blanket that puts a damper on the dreamer’s creativity. Dreamers beware of the realists!!! Just run the other way, fast…
Mati H Fuller
Mati, we are so grateful to hear from you as always. We learn so much every time you are here, thanks for writing!
Now it’s my turn!!!!! Here are my observations. I look at Lucy and ask, “What are the elements of her case?”
1. Insolence (disrespectful)
2. Laziness (thanks Kelly!)
Up to this point, my repertorization shows a tie between Lycopodium and Platina; so, I need to come up with more rubrics based on what I know about Lucy! Lucy is bossy as Kelly pointed out, so, I add:
4. Domineering disposition
Still, that wasn’t enough to break the tie; so, I picked the rubric “Presumptious”. Why? Lucy presumes to be able to practice psychiatry!
But even that didn’t break the tie! So I remembered all the years Lucy was referred to as a “fussbudget” (a complainer) so, I picked:
5. “Complaining” and FINALLY Lycopodium edged its way into first place!
So, what do we know about Lycopodium? They’re bossy because of an underlying feeling of inferiority. Don’t you get that feeling from Lucy, that that’s the reason she’s so bossy? So, for Lucy, I pick Lycopodium!
Now, for Linus, who is Lucy’s little brother: Not surprisingly, with a mean, bossy older sister, I believe Linus is Causticum!
Oh yes, it’s true that the picture of a big pile of books on the desk sure looks like Sulphur, and it’s true that Linus spent all his time researching and never wrote a single word (thanks, Kelly!) and yes, he drags around “that stupid blanket”, to quote Lucy, which really does make him look like a Sulphur! BUT, what is Linus writing about? His report says you have to look deeper, below the surface, to see that Peter Rabbit is really being treated as an outcast in his family and his seemingly anti-social behavior is actually a cry for help! Linus has read this story and has only concluded that Peter Rabbit is a victim of injustice! Am I right? This is Causticum! Who is Charlie Brown’s only friend? Linus! What is Charlie Brown? An outcast! Would Sulphur befriend an outcast? Probably not, as they do not really dwell on other people’s misfortunes or whether or not they’ve been victimized unfairly, they really don’t care! So, I’m going with Causticum for Linus.
Schroeder: Believe it or not, Schroeder is the Sulphur! Look how Schroeder is the only one with a computer and not a pencil! Who but a sulphur kid would be bored with anything less than a computer? But what else? He didn’t read the assignment! You can’t make Sulphur do anything he thinks is pointless and unimaginative. He just won’t do it! It’s your problem, not his, because he’s moving on! Don’t waste his time; besides, he doesn’t care! So he simply refused to read such an unimaginative book. Sulphurs are very active, excited, imaginative, exuberant, curious and excited! Look how excited he is as he’s recounting the adventures of Robin Hood, which he DID read! It’s a book that’s full of action, battles, intrigue, something happening every minute! It’s a Sulphur book! And you know what? He’ll probably get away with it because teachers like Sulphur! Sulphurs are curious, they ask questions. They talk to adults, they’re engaging, they’re charming and have a positive self-image; no one’s going to make him redo this assignment! They’re born leaders, have high IQ’s and the teacher probably feels inferior to him! As many of us know, Schroeder is a piano virtuoso–as you can see.
And last but not least, my favorite–everybody’s favorite–Charlie Brown! He’s so well-meaning, so sincere! Oh yes, what does he say about his pathetic little Christmas tree? “It’s so sincere.”
As Rajan Sankaran once said, “In this world, there is, at all times, only ourselves!” What he means is, you see yourself in everyone and everything! So, we need a remedy that’s sincere. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of good rubrics for that in the repertory! I could only find, “Useful, desires to be”. But, the remedy I’m thinking of is there; and which remedy is it? Calc-carb!
What’s the biggest tip-off to calc-carb here? His big round head!
What else? He’s SLOW! That’s a big word in Calc-carb, slowness! He’s easily overwhelmed if he can’t go at his own plodding, step-by-step pace! They’re slow at games, they’re ridiculed and so become loners. Is that not Charlie Brown? I rest my case! Oh! And responsible! That’s another big Calc-carb word! Who is more responsible than Charlie Brown? He takes such good care of that incorrigible, Sulphur dog, Snoopy, who has no appreciation whatsoever!
And tired? Calc-carbs can be very tired! Charlie Brown worries that he has to be well-rested in order to do his book report.
So, that’s it, everybody: A homeopathic analysis of “A Book Report on Peter Rabbit“. I have to put Shana’s pizza in the oven now. (Just call me Charlie Brown–or Calc-carb!) See you back here next time!