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Review:Aiedail says:
I love the way you've managed to capture the simple appeal of a bar in the wintertime. Especially with the war as a sort of a backdrop to the whole scene. I think that a lot of time a bar is something like a gateway; people want more than they think, but what drives them into one is a simple thing, a want for warmth and conversation, drinking, company.

I've admittedly only ever been into one pub, and it's the campus one so most of the kids were my age there besides all the faculty, but it's a really interesting thing for me to think about the kind of menagerie that inhabits the bar. I could never be a barmaid so it's not appealing to me, per se, but you've described it so well as a good thing from Rosmerta's perspective that I can't quite help but feel like it'd be a place I want to go, too.

I love how Rosmerta knows everybody and really is fond of the people there. She's got a really good sociable aptitude and she's kind without being demeaning (I think of Hagrid, whom everyone sort of writes off as a loon but Rosmerta appears to give him a chance here). It makes me understand why she's sad at the end of the day.

There are small technical details that you may want to look over again. A pint of whisky is sort of a lot as you probably take whisky slowly--I'm not quite sure because I'm underage for drinking in America and I've never actually had anything--and I would find the premise a bit more compelling if Rosmerta actually did sink down and cry every day. It's a very human thing and I think gives her an element of believability. After all, everyone I've ever met, no matter how confident or...anything, cries. Maybe not all the time, but I think people who never cry are people found in books and movies and probably not as much real life :)

I'm glad I decided to join the review tag to have come across this story--I've been so busy that I haven't really branched out with new authors but I've really enjoyed this and am interested in what you have planned for it!

Author's Response: Hi! Ah sorry for taking ages to respond! I honestly thought I'd already replied, but obviously not. I'd had everything planned out too, but then got...distracted D:

That's exactly the atmosphere I wanted, and I'm so glad you saw it the same way. A pub is such a friendly, warm place and I think they ARE enjoyable places. I've always loved them :)

Ah, that's such an interesting point. It never even crossed my mind to check up on whether you can get pints of whiskey! Thank you so much!

I'm very glad you dropped by!

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