Shelfari edited the characters of The Calculus Affair Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
- Edited the description of Snowy: Snowy, a white Fox terrier, is Tintin's four-legged companion. They regularly save each other from perilous situations. Snowy frequently
"speaks"to the reader through his thoughts (often displaying a dry sense of humour), which are supposedly not heard by the human characters in the story except in Tintin in America, wherein he explains to Tintin his absence for a period of time in the book.LikeCaptain Haddock, Snowy is fond of the Loch Lomond brand of whisky, and his occasional bouts of drinking tend to get him into trouble, as does his arachnophobia.
- Edited the description of Captain Archibald Haddock: Captain Archibald Haddock, a seafaring captain of disputed ancestry (he may be of Belgian, French, or British origin), is Tintin's best friend, and was introduced in The Crab with the Golden Claws. Haddock was initially depicted as a weak and alcoholic character, but later became more respectable. He evolves to become genuinely heroic and even a socialite after he finds a treasure captured by his ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock (François de Hadoque in French), in the episode Red Rackham's Treasure. The Captain's coarse humanity and sarcasm act as a counterpoint to Tintin's often implausible heroism; he is always quick with a dry comment whenever the boy reporter seems too
idealistic.CaptainHaddock lives in the luxurious mansion Marlinspike Hall ("Moulinsart"in the original French).Haddockuses a range of colourful insults and curses to express his feelings, such as "billionsof blue blistering barnacles"(Sometimesjust "blistering barnacles", "billionsof blistering barnacles",or "blueblistering barnacles".), "tenthousand thundering typhoons"(Sometimesjust "thundering typhoons".), "troglodyte", "bashi-bazouk", "kleptomaniac", "ectoplasm", "sea-gherkin", "anacoluthon", "pockmark", "nincompoop", "abominable snowman", "nitwits", "scoundrels", "steam rollers", "parasites", "floundering oath", "blundering Bazookas", "popping jay", "bragger", "pinheads", "miserable slugs", "ectomorph", "maniacs",and "freshwater swabs"but nothing that is actually considered a swear word. Haddock is a hard drinker, particularly fond of rum and of Loch Lomond whisky. His bouts of drunkenness are often used for comic effect. Hergé stated that Haddock's surname was derived from a "sadEnglish fish that drinks a lot."<1>Haddock remained without a first name until the last completed story, Tintin and the Picaros (1976), when the name Archibald was suggested. Tintin and Alph-Art maintained this suggestion by having him introduce himself as such.