patria_ou_mort: (book'd!)
"One word more. In executing that man, I obeyed necessity; but necessity is a monster of the old world, the name of necessity is Fatality. Now the law of progress is that monsters disappear before angels, and that Fatality vanish before Fraternity. This is a bad time to pronounce the world 'love.' No matter, I pronounce it, and I glorify it. Love, yours is the future. Death, I use you, but I hate you. Citizens, in the future there shall be neither darkness nor thunderbolts, neither ferocious ignorance nor blood for blood. As Satan shall be no more, so Michael shall be no more. In the future no man will slay his fellow, the earth will be radiant, the human race will love. It will come, citizens, that day when all shall be concord, harmony, light, joy, and life; it will come, and it is so that it may come that we are going to die."

-Enjolras, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
patria_ou_mort: (book'd!)
SORRY ABOUT THE UNEXPECTED HIATUS FOR ENJOLRAS/MALADICT/TATSUMI/TAKEUCHI SORA/VAN GRANTS/RORSCHACH/CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS

I WAS REALLY PLANNING TO PLAY

BUT THEN PBS AIRED THE LES MIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

THIS MIGHT BE THE ACTUAL REASON THAT I DON'T CANON REVIEW

BECAUSE WHEN I DO, I GET OVEREXCITED AND CAN'T RP BECAUSE I'M TOO BUSY RUNNING AROUND AND WAVING MY ARMS AND SCREAMING OR WHATEVER TO ACTUALLY SIT AT A COMPUTER AND PLAY

MY LOVE IS CHRISTOPHER WALKEN



CHECK OUT THAT 19TH CENTURY FRENCH HOMOEROTICISM HELLS YEAH with bonus eyeliner and emo wristbands yeah idk either but it's hot. and revolutionary.





I'll be back in the game. Soon.
patria_ou_mort: (book'd!)
MICHEL ENJOLRAS

Note on Name: Enjolras has no canon given name. I've provided him with one because I'm assuming that he, you know, does have one, it just wasn't told to us. I do try to avoid using it, though, not only because he prefers not to use it, but because it's a rather big non-canon item to be using. Not that I'm. You know. In any danger of having to retcon it.

Age: 19 (was 18 when arrived in camp).
Birthday: 26 March, 1810.

Age and birthday have been retconned because I apparently couldn't do math on the day I calculated them.

Height: 178 cm (5'10"). (In canon, he is only specified as being "tall." In early 19th century Western Europe, 5'10" would be notably tall.)
Eyes: Extremely light blue.
Hair: Blond.
Medical Info: An extremely normal human. No, really.
Physical traits: A soulful-eyed bishie. No, really. Here, have some canon.
He was angelically beautiful. He was Antinoüs, wild. You would have said, seeing the thoughtful reflection of his eye, that he had already, in some preceding existence, been through the revolutionary apocalypse. [. . .] He had a deep eye, slightly red lids, thick underlip, readily disdainful, and a high forehead. Much forehead in the face is like much sky in a horizon. Like certain young men early in this century and late in the last, who became illustrious in early life, he had an exceedingly youthful look, as fresh as a young girl's, though he had moments of pallor. [. . .] Had any grisette of the Place Cambrai or the Rue Saint-Jean-de-Beauvais, seeing this college boy's face, the body of a page, long fair lashes, blue eyes, that hair flying in the wind, rosy cheeks, pure lips, exquisite teeth, felt a desire to taste all this dawn, and tried her beauty on Enjolras, a surprising and terribly look would have suddenly shown her the great gulf, and taught her not to confuse Beaumarchais's dashing cherubino with this fearsome cherubim of Ezekial.
HEY VICTOR HUGO DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY ABOUT HIM JESUS CHRIST. I really am tempted to give him his own, you know, hidden wind to blow his hair around in an aesthetically pleasing manner, but that might just be because I'm on crack whadduya think.

What's Okay To Mention Around Him/Her: Anything. No, really. He says that he doesn't want to be told history from his time through around, hm, maybe the late twentieth century, but if he finds out, he'll just have to deal. And really, he's generally pretty good at that.
Abilities: Intelligent, intuitive, observant, a good speaker, good with firearms, pretty intelligent with weapons in general... and really pretty. It's an ability, I swear. It's like with the elves in The Lord of the Rings, where everyone else is, like, "AAARGH MY GUTS ARE FALLING OUT AND I JUST SWALLOWED MUD" and he's just, like, "...is that a smudge upon my delicately well-defined cheekbone?" And in canon, apparently he can do this... "intimidating" thing, though it's visual and I haven't succeeded yet in figuring out a way to translate it into words. It's just like, hey, you pissed him off, TIME TO TURN ON THE SCARY. Or something. Way to go with the godmodding, V.H..
Notes for the Psychics: He's fairly straightforward, really. You'll find a lot in there about France. And nothing about women.

Can I shapeshift/bodyswap/spit at/step on/etc?: For bodyswapping, drop me an e-mail, IM or PM me in IRC. For more minor things, though, just go ahead.
Maim/Murder/Death: Sure. The possibility of maiming or otherwise injuring is fine without permission -- if I think he'd ICly do it, I'll walk right into it. |D If you want to put him out for the count, a quick IM/PM/whatever would be great. I'll most likely say 'yes,' unless I planned to do something with him very soon.
Cooking: ...he won't starve? Don't depend on him for a good meal, though.
Kissing/Hugging: If you would ICly do it despite a person's body language, etc. very strongly discouraging such actions, go for it. He will hate you, though.
patria_ou_mort: (book'd!)
[Back to Page One]

Grantaire: And Eponine thought that she had it bad...

If Combeferre is Enjolras's not-boyfriend, Grantaire is his fanboy-stalker. Among Les Amis de l'ABC, Grantaire is the One Of These Things That Is Not Like The Others. Others are there for a variety of reasons, but mainly because they are of a common liberal ideology, share a common cause.

Grantaire's there for Enjolras. No, really.

On his own, pretending he's beside him~. )

Grantaire is something that Enjolras can't rid himself of. They're too polarized for Grantaire to be able to sway him like Combeferre -- not that Grantaire has anything he's trying to convince anyone of (actively, at least). (He makes me think of a quote from Angels in America, when Belize is bitching out Louis and tells him that it's no fun arguing with him because it's like throwing darts at jello.) Grantaire's very existence is an argument, one could say, perhaps. And it's one that Enjolras labels as invalid and does his best to ignore. Ignoring it doesn't make it go away, though. It also doesn't erase the fact that Grantaire is actually, you know, a human being whom Enjolras is rejecting so harshly.

As far as CFUD goes, Grantaire would be a challenge if you didn't share his same knowledge-base. (The most Hugo-esque, IC Grantaire I have ever known was written by a person who happens to be a classics expert. Yeah. While the allusions, etc. aren't everything... well, I don't think that it's a coincidence.) But a little knowledge (and a handy reference for double-checking) goes a long way. He's just... such a wonderfully charming and infuriating character. And he let's you go on such amazing flights of language.

...of course, he might die of alcohol withdrawal. But, I mean, Camp is probably like one long absinthe dream, anyways, so the psychological aspect would be taken care of, at least.


Being Gay is One Thing... But a Country?

Yeah, yeah, Francosexual, you've heard me say it before blah blah blah.

Coming into CFUD, I didn't want to play Enjolras as asexual. As a matter of fact, in the back of my mind, he was actually straight when I first started playing.

...I found that playing him as heterosexual was very difficult, so I just stopped trying to force it.

But what are his thoughts on slash? )

You just wish that your love was as pure as Enjolras/Hospital.


You People: An Experiment in Human Relations

So, we have a doctor, a tennis player- no, I mean the ones in CFUD; I.e. The Section About Enjolras’s Relationships with People in Camp. )
patria_ou_mort: (book'd!)
My introduction to slash came through Les Misérables. It was then that I started down my current path to that special hell.

Anyhow. The predominant slash pairing was Enjolras/Grantaire (and this still seems to be the case). All of this slash stuff was quite new and exciting to me; I read it and loved it and searched for more of it and devoured it.

And then I suffered a backlash.

It turned out that I actually didn’t like E/R ("R" being a familiar abbreviation for "Grantaire") as a pairing. Unfortunately, due to its overwhelming prevalence, what should be just a matter of preference tends to have something of a knee-jerk negative response from me now. But I do my best to be a good fan and play nice.

Still, it’s probably obvious that I am of the Enjolras/Combeferre bent. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine – I don’t believe that it would actually happen. But I would like for it to be able to happen – I believe that it would be good for Enjolras while not pushing the boundaries of character and canon as I see E/R doing (at least when it’s good for him).

Enough shipping, though!

So. There's an "Enjolras in camp" section at the end, but on a whole, this here is about Combeferre and Grantaire. Why am I doing a canon compilation/essay for two characters that I don't (and won't ever) play in CFUD?

My impression is that Enjolras's two most notable relationships in canon are with Combeferre and Grantaire -- extremely different, but both important for a character who has next-to-no personal interactions. Both Combeferre and Grantaire are fascinating characters on their own and you should app them, but they also help me to get a better grip on Enjolras, who risks floating away from the rest of humanity without them. You know what they say about getting to know someone by seeing whom they hang around with. Or something like that. Actually, I'm not sure exactly what they say, but it's something to that effect, I'm sure.

Anyways.


Combeferre: The Right-Hand Renaissance Man

Combeferre is a medical student/doctor, a member of Les Amis de l'ABC (the republican political club of which Enjolras is the de facto leader), a complete geek and probably the most underappreciated of Les Amis. While not as flashy or obviously charming as some of the other Amis, he's a witty voice of reason and helps to connect Enjolras to the rest of us lesser mortals. Very often portrayed in fandom as wearing spectacles.

You should app him. I would app him in a heartbeat, except that the playercest would kill me.

The art of the manly shoulder-grasp. For hand-clasping, please see appendix. )

In short? Combeferre is a completely awesome guy. In fact, he is so awesome that even Enjolras is aware of his awesomeness, or at least won over by it, if not consciously aware. Combeferre might function as Enjolras's right-hand man, but he's actually quite equal to Enjolras (perhaps even a little more than equal at times).

Aaaaah, if the playercest wouldn't kill me, I would so app him.

[Part Two]
patria_ou_mort: (book'd!)
Or, Enjolras and Canon, The Very Abridged Version That Is Nevertheless Rather Lengthy (with Commentary of Dubious Quality)

So my heading for this entry was too long for the subject field. What.


So way back during Disney weekend, Enjolras changed into Phoebus from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He kept his mind, but was in the body of a guy who's something of a ladies man. When Enjolras found himself flirting with Megan and, you know, thinking about women in, you know, that way, he proceeded to have a frickin' spazz attack at lucky Dr. Umeda.

My first reaction: Sweet Jesus, Enjolras, you're twenty years old, you'd think we'd be past the "girls have cooties" stage by this point. Dude, has camp made you gay or something?

My second reaction: Where the hell is this all coming from?

I wondered how the hell I had developed the interpretation that I was using. Not that I felt that it was grossly inaccurate or anything of the sort. I just realized that it was high time for me to go back to canon. Here I must confess to having been a bad mun and having been mainly basing my Enjolras off of a fan interpretation rather than off of canon. Granted, the fan interpretation that I was using was mine, so my crime was not too large, I like to think. Still, canon had mainly been fact-checking tool for me for the past five or six years. Time to get back to the basics, I decided.

And so, here is where I go through every single one of Enjolras's canon appearances (this being defined as every time that Enjolras appears or is mentioned -- I really do need to do the historical and contextual sections at some point, but I really can't see those of being of any use or interest to anyone but me, so), mostly in the order that they appear in the book (exceptions sometimes being made for his interactions with Combeferre and Grantaire, who have their own essays in the works), and over-think every single one of them (yes, I'm an English major -- why do you ask?).

Commentary varies -- I'd call this more of a project than an essay, with the aim more of putting all of Enjolras's canon material here rather than really interpreting it. Given that his entire canon is nearly 1500 pages of very small type, this should make things easier not only for me, but for anyone who might be interested in his canon basis but, you know, doesn't feel like reading a 1500-page novel right now. Which is more than totally understandable.

Because I feel like I should mention it, I'm using the paperback Signet Classic edition translated by Lee Fabnestock and Norman MacAfee (which was waiting for me at home -- hence, the seed-planting taking place during Disney weekend and the bulk of the actual work not being done until now, ahaha). For anyone who wants to read more complete sections, I’ve included links to the appropriate sections of a different translation.

Despite him being the principal student -- for those who know Les Mis from the musical, Enjolras is the only one of the revolutionary students (that is, the lot of 'em minus Marius and Grantaire) that is easily identified -- he is arguably the most inscrutable of all of them (with the possible exception of Feuilly, who literally says less than forty words in the entire book -- most of which are something along the lines of "yes, we have a poleax" or something -- but we love Poland Boy anyway) in terms of being a three-dimensional human being. Because using only the text? He's pretty much the Picture Perfect Revolutionary Leader. (And he does fill the role perfectly and seemingly effortlessly -- which is, I think, considered by the text to be his greatest flaw.) But despite the book's fondness for symbolism, etc., the story is set in a realistic world. Between the lines and behind the scenes, I'm assuming that Enjolras is a Real Person, not just a symbol on legs. So...



Pre-1830 )


Post 1830, Pre-Barricade )

[Part Two]
patria_ou_mort: (France goes here)
Disclaimer: I have not had to do it before this, but I am mixing and matching from different translations in some of the quotes included here.


Courfeyrac and Bossuet, whose brave good humor increased with the peril, like Madame Scarron, replaced nourishment with pleasantry, and, as wine was lacking, they poured out gayety to all.

"I admire Enjolras," said Bossuet. "His impassive temerity astounds me. He lives alone, which renders him a little sad, perhaps; Enjolras suffers from his greatness, which binds him to widowhood. The rest of us have mistresses, more or less, who make us crazy, that is to say, brave. When a man is as much in love as a tiger, the least that he can do is to fight like a lion. That is one way of taking our revenge for the capers that mesdames our grisettes play on us. Roland gets himself killed for Angelique; all our heroism comes from our women. A man without a woman is a pistol without a trigger; it is the woman that sets the man off. Well, Enjolras has no woman. He is not in love, and yet he manages to be intrepid. It is a thing unheard of that a man should be as cold as ice and as bold as fire."

Enjolras did not appear to be listening, but had any one been near him, that person would have heard him mutter in a low voice: "Patria."


-from Chapter 14, Book I, Volume V


Whenever I get to contemplating Enjolras and relationships, that is the passage that comes to my mind. Canon really does not give much about Enjolras's relationships with anyone. The other Amis chat with each other at various points -- gossip*, whine, mock, rant -- but Enjolras is basically all business, all the time. If he talks to someone, it is usually either a Big Speech or a terse order (or, in the case of Grantaire, perhaps an insult). (Sort of into extremes, this guy. Go figure.) So trying to figure out how to relate to people in camp? The vast majority of it is my personal interpretation and speculation, because in canon, despite being all for the People, Enjolras just does not really relate to people. At all.

First of all, concerning non-romantic relationships, the passage quoted above is canon evidence that Enjolras's friends talk about him as if he is not even there. In other words, while being talked about behind his back (*coughMegan&MariuscoughUmeda&Ncough*) or as if he is not there might mildly irritate him, he ignores it for the most part. To me, it implies a certain distance between Enjolras and his friends -- while mocking your friends in the third person is a source of amusement, this passage has always struck me as a little weird.

Enjolras really is more of a symbolic character than an especially human character in the book, which makes playing him as a "real person" both interesting and a little problematic at times, with the way that he is objectified by both the author and his own friends. (This can be troublesome in trying to keep him "real" but IC -- a lot of him is defined by how others relate to him as a sort of "unreal" person, so people treating him as "real" puts me into an area with next to no canon support!) While Enjolras may have his little posse of Les Amis, he is very much not "one of the guys". In fact, sociable and jolly fellows such as Courfeyrac and Bossuet seem almost alien to him. Still, canon describes Les Amis as all being bound together by their shared passion for justice and country (they all "held the same religion: Progress"), so he isn't totally disconnected from others -- he just connects through a common purpose rather than in more normal, "social" ways.

With Enjolras, I am basically approaching relationships from two directions: 1) commonality of purpose and shared ideals, and 2) personal affinity. His strongest relationships are, obviously, ones that grow from both directions (e.g. Combeferre, from back home). He will bond more strongly with you through the first, but that is obviously in somewhat short supply here at camp. So #2 is getting some exercise. It is likely that he will get a little better at not being such a distant block of ice to everyone but a select few, but there is a limit for how far that can pushed.

Moving on to romance and sex -- [livejournal.com profile] classprotector's drabble and [livejournal.com profile] _diesmiling_'s drabble are sadly not too far off the mark. "Patria" is Latin for "country" or "homeland". (Hence the username! With French because -- I mean, really.) The passage quoted above is all "france is enjolras's g/f lolz". And because I love to complicate things like this, I really am letting the patriotism bleed over into all other parts of his life, and am playing Enjolras as a guy who has a significant other back at home. Only his s.o. happens to be his home.

...yeah.

Of course, if you ever phrased it that way, Enjolras would look at you as though you were crazy. I don't have him thinking about France/himself in that particular metaphorical context at the current time, despite what Kio might claim about Enjolras and the Eiffel Tower. Things concerning romance are not part of Enjolras's personal life at all; it's just not part of his worldview. So, while he's a smart guy, unless you are being as clear and direct as humanly possible, romantic/sexual stuff is likely to fly completely over his head. (...some of you have already encountered this.) Once he gets the clue, he'll keep it and be able to use it regarding that particular situation, etc., but we're talking a blank slate here.

...It has been too long without a song. Here, have some song lyrics. In my canon pimping post, I had uploaded "Anthem" from Chess, and I feel that I need to put the lyrics here -- to me, this song is about as Enjolraic as you can get. The music itself is very grand, dignified and soaring; sung by Anthony Warlow on his Centre Stage album, it is quite beautiful.

Anthem )

How lovely and pure.

It is canon that Enjolras spurns romance with women. Of course, the implication of that is that Enjolras is just a 100% Virginal, No Romance Zone. I'm playing Enjolras as being more comfortable around men just because in his time and environment, he is accustomed to hanging out with the guys and rarely interacts with women (despite my joking, he doesn't really hate women). So that is the gender thing we have going here. As for the romance thing, there is perhaps a 1% chance of such a thing happening. Just not in the personality. An enjoyable romantic evening for Enjolras is probably something like reading Rousseau together and debating the impact of the most recent parliamentary elections after having spent a few hours networking with other fine, upstanding men intent on overthrowing the government. (Though there is always, I suppose, some nice and manly companionable silence.) As for the virginal thing -- dude, look at the guy's purity test results. (The gayness is all from you, Marius. WTF, man, WTF.) He's human, yeah, but sex is about the last thing on his mind.

But let us return to that "he's human" part for a moment.

So. All of his devotion going toward France. Here comes the big surprise: bitch ain't giving nothin' back. (Unless we fast-forward to 1832, when she doles out a big-ass heap of bullet-riddled death.) There are some limitations to this "relationship" here. Because you know what? A country cannot hang out with you and say something stupid to cheer you up when you are feeling down. A country cannot give you a hug. A country just, you know, lacks certain things because it's a god damned country plus a bag of ideals. The perhaps 8% chance of Enjolras ever getting into a relationship with someone that extends beyond friendship comes from that fact, though unless Enjolras ever gets his relationship issues straightened out (i.e. country =/= person, and one can simultaneously have a large amount of devotion to both), the person would have to be willing to take a distant second to France.

So basically? We pretty much have a one-sided, slightly dysfunctional relationship going on here. Enjolras himself is happy with the way things are for him back home, but he's not so comfortable in the situation at camp. With the, you know, distinct lack of France and the ability to do anything about it.

As something of a postscript to this canon-babble, as far as my personal Les Mis shipping preferences go, it is probably rather obvious that I am a Combeferre/Enjolras fan, though that is more out of my fondness for, and resultant championing of, Combeferre than anything else. I used that in my app because Combeferre's role in life is to be Useful. I ♥ Combeferre, which probably bleeds into my Enjolras more than it should. Fangirling aside, though, I do consider Combeferre to be Enjolras's closest friend and that if Enjolras could be said to need any person, it would be him -- he does "complement and correct" Enjolras, after all. And-

Fuck. Complementary colors have never been the same to me ever since Saiyuki.



*To paraphrase a snippet of conversation overheard in the back room of the Café Musain...

Joly: My girlfriend who's part of that threesome with Bossuet and me is being a bitch.
Bahorel: Dude, just wear some tight leather pants and that ho will be all over you.
Grantaire: *wolfwhistles*

...all right, so that is a very loose paraphrasing. Nevertheless.
patria_ou_mort: (Default)
First, a useful link: the complete text of the novel can be found here, under Victor Hugo (each volume is linked separately on this page).

And now, the more personal canon info! To begin, a rather long quote whence comes the subject heading of this entry, where Combeferre talks about the cannon of the National Guard, whom they are fighting:

"It's a bronze eight-pounder, new model," added Combeferre. "Those pieces, if they exceed even slightly the proportion of ten parts of tin to a hundred of copper, may burst. The excess of tin makes them too tender. In that case they have hollows and chambers in the vent. To avoid this danger, and to be able to force out the load, it might be necessary to return to the process of the fourteenth century, hooping, and strengthening the piece on the exterior by a succession of unsoldered steel rings, from the breech to the trunnion. In the meantime, they remedy the defect as they can; they find out where the holes and the hollows in the bore of a cannon are by means of a searcher. But there's a better way, that's the movable star of Gribeauval."

"In the sixteenth century," observed Bossuet, "they rifled their cannon."

"Yes," answered Combeferre, "that increases the ballistic power, but diminishes the accuracy of the aim. Beyond that, over a short range, the trajectory does not have the desired regidity, the parabola is exaggerated, the path of the projectile is not direct enough to premit it to hit the intermediate objects, a necessity of combat, however, whose importance increases with the proximity of the enemy and the rapidity of the firing. This lack of tension in the curve of the projectile in the rifled cannon of the sixteenth century is due to the weakness of the charge; weak charges, for this kind of weapon, are required by the necessities of ballistics, such as, for instance, the preservation of cartridges. On the whole, artillery, that great despot, cannot do all it would like; strength is a great weakness. A cannonball travels only two thousand miles an hour; light travels two hundred thouand miles a second. Such is the superiority of Jesus Christ over Napoleon."

"Reload arms," said Enjolras.
[Volume V, Book I, Chapter VII ]

In conclusion, Combeferre is a geek, but Enjolras puts up with him because Combeferre might very well be the only sane one here he loooooves him, as proved by the overwhelming evidence that he has no reason not to he's learned to just ignore his friends' quirks.

Canon provides a solid amount of exposition on the students, but a lot of the particulars of their relationships with each other are not detailed. This really isn't a problem, until you make them your main characters; then, there needs to be a good amount of speculation. I'm going to try to break my Les Mis fandom habits of speculating without limit, but I'll put down my thoughts here, since it is likely that Enjolras will be talking/thinking about these guys quite a bit.

So! Some rambling about Enjolras and his friends.

Enjolras: The crusading angel, the marble statue, the pretty-boy with the severe messiah complex. )

Regarding my playing of him...

Read more... )

As mentioned, Enjolras leads the Friends of the ABC (Les Amis de l'ABC), as much as such a group can have a leader -- I suspect it is more along the lines of him just having an authoritative personality than there being any actual structure to the group. The name of the group is a pun. In French, "ABC" is pronounced the same as the word for "abased," so they are the Friends of the Abased -- in other words, the friends of the oppressed people. (I suspect Jehan of creating the name, personally.)

The members of the group are Combeferre, Jean Prouvaire, Feuilly, Courfeyrac, Bahorel, Lesgles and Joly. Marius Pontmercy is a main character in the novel, a peripheral member of the group and a good friend of Courfeyrac. Grantaire is more of an institution of the Friends of the ABC than a member.

In my humble opinion, this bunch of dudes are ready made for their own anime series. Just saying.

Combeferre: Because reasonable, moderate geek boys are hot. )

Jean Prouvaire: The amazingly heterosexual Romantic poet )

Feuilly: Yeah, this is the Poland dude. )

Courefyrac: The Kudoh Yohji of Les Amis )

Bahorel: The one they left out of the musical because the musical was not big enough to handle him and his daringly waistcoated greatness. )

Lesgles or Legle or L'Aigle or Bossuet: They all refer to the bald guy who just slipped on the banana peel. )

Joly: Does my tounge feel funny to you? ...look funny. I meant 'look'. )

Bossuet and Joly: The odd couple. )

Marius Pontmercy: Were he born 300 years in the animated future, he would be a gundam pilot. )

Marius really should have been listed last, as he isn’t really a core member of Les Amis de l’ABC. But one must close with a bang, and for that, we have the incomparable R, who really is as much about Enjolras as himself.

Grantaire: I’m here because of Enjolras. No, really. )

Enjolras is the idealist, the priest of the Revolution; Grantaire is the cynic, the nihilist, the useless drunk. Enjolras treats Grantaire like shit, and Grantaire won’t leave him alone. There is reconciliation in the end -- approximately two minutes before they’re shot. They just share a lovely relationship like that.

An example of what a nice guy Enjolras is. )

And because you cannot comprehend Grantaire without witnessing his drunken ranting, here I give you one of his rants, no cuts -- it’s to exhibit impressive length more than anything. If you think reading it makes your brain hurt, imagine having to listen to it.

And there he goes... )

Impressive, I say.

And this post is most long, but I wanted to have all of this info nice and neatly in one place. A lot of Les Amis’ scenes are really about the group dynamic, the way that the different personalities appear relative to each other. Personally, understanding one Ami helps me to understand another.
patria_ou_mort: (fight for the right to be free)
So a lot of Enjolras's "canon" is actually just French history. I've put together a timeline of sorts here for quick reference. A lot of it occurs before he was even born, but the Revolution was still relatively recent history and would be rather important to a fellow of his interests. Historical events are in bold (without underlines -- the dates are just formatted big/underlined to make it easier to read), things occurring in the book are in normal text and my canon speculation is in italics. Once you get into the 1830-32 area, history and book tend to overlap; there I use normal text only for events that are fictional.

I'm having Enjolras' time at his arrival at CFUD be 1829, but I've included some of the events that follow. Because that's really when all of the exciting stuff happens.

There are "spoilers" here... but honestly, Les Misérables isn't a book you read to be thrilled by plot twists. At least I don't think so.

Here be dates. )

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