Les Mis readalong chat 4.11. (”The Atom Fraternizes With the Hurricane”)
Doodle Poll for this week’s discussion (much smaller than last week)! Right now it looks like we’re set for either Saturday at 4 or Sunday at 2, but we only have a couple responses.
How am I supposed to work after I’ve read this:
“The Romantic generation, devoid of the revolutionary experience of 1789, worked to reinterpret its legacy for a new generation. Political clubs ralled the common people to realize their political power and attempted to force change via the inertia of the strength of a collection lower class. The Revolution of 1848 was the product of Romanticism and the culmination of the entire movement. Popular involvement in 1848 was greater than that in 1830 as the result of a trickle-down effect of political education of the lower classes. Romanticism developed, not only as a reaction to the age of the Enlightenment and its emphasis on objectivity and reason, but as a reaction to growing disillusionment with the bourgeoise-dominated society of the Restoration and, especially, the July Monarchy. Romantics sought escapism from their current society by transplanting themselves vicariously to other eras through their own works. Simultaneously, however, they grafted conditions of their time onto those of the past, emphasizing a degree of corruptible continuity. France was not a naturally republican country, but fundamentally monarchist, thereby resulting in a ‘persistence of the Old Regime.’ The process of transformation, shifting from being fundamentally monarchist to to fundamentally republican, initiated by the Great Revolution, was ongoing. Within that process, the 1832 June Revolution occupied a paramount role. Whether such a process is complete depends on one’s position in relation to historian Francois Furet’s infamous declaration that the “French Revolution is over.’ Doubtless, the June Revolution occupied an important milestone in such a transformation. As Victor Hugo wrote in his epic novel, Les Miserables, the events of June 5-6 ‘belong to that dramatic and living reality which the historian sometimes neglects, for lack of time and space.’ Yet ‘little incidents…are…the foliage of great events’.”
If you need me, I’ll be trying to stoically not cry at my desk for the rest of the afternoon.
There have been so many reports of people’s voter registration being changed or even cancelled without their knowledge or consent that I think everybody who wants to vote needs to start checking theirs right away.
1: that you are definitely registered
2: that you are affiliated correctly (e.g. Democrat, Republican, Independent)
This even applies to people who have been registered for years.
Here is a website that should have the links you need:
(If you haven’t registered to vote yet, you can do so here: https://vote.usa.gov/)
Also, for all your Judgey Reaction Image Needs: The Ages of Victor Hugo Judgeyness
The Judgeypants as a Really Really Really Young Man
The Judgey College Years
Rich Judgey Middle Age
Classic Judgey Grandpa
Hugo RISES FROM THE ARCHITECTURE HE LOVES TO JUDGE YOU, BOURGEOIS
Options: Bossuet was under 21 when his father died, and his mother is the postal director in Meaux until he finishes his education. Bossuet has siblings; one of them (or a brother in law) is postal director in Meaux. Bossuet mortgaged the position as well as the house and the field. Bossuet sold the position outright, and mortgaged the house and the field. Victor Hugo did less research than I did into postal directors.
An excerpt from Mme. Bahorel’s excellent writeup on post offices in canon era, written around how Legle’s family history. The most thorough English-language source on the subject of the post-office and how it would have worked that I’ve come across, and there’s lots of extra historical/cultural info about post offices and regional business patterns, and some really interesting plotbunnies and what-ifs, too! Some of the most essential Post Office-y info under the cut, but for real, do go check out the whole post!
(though I do wonder who was going around saying Bossuet doesn’t seem interesting, how very dare ;P)
Boulevard de l’Hôpital in 1822 [x]
This is the boulevard on which the Gorbeau tenement was located. Although this is the wrong end of the street. The house would have been way at the other end, or nearly so.
This picture actually kind of shows how the street goes uphill towards Butte aux Cailles. Also how few buildings there were at the time.
The big building on the left in the background is the eponymous hospital (of
Salpêtrière… which was actually more of a combined prison, hospital, mental asylum and general dumping place for poor people that the authorities wanted out of sight, kind of like Bicêtre but it was more for women I think?) The park on the right is Jardin des Plantes / Jardin du Roi.
I’m pretty sure this view must be from the Pont d’Austerlitz, also known as the Pont du Jardin du Roi at the time because the Bourbons weren’t big fans of Napoleon and his battles, unsurprisingly. Pont d’Austerlitz was also relevant to the June Uprising because it basically started at the other end of the bridge (Place Mazas) and the revolutionaries used the bridge to try and carry General Lamarque to the Panthéon.
lea “death is my thing” salonga
amelancholycharm replied to your post“Btw, did you know that you can browse pictures of Paris by year on…”
wow, I did NOT know this! that’s ok, it’s not like I had anything else to do this morning…
😀 Tell me if you find something cool! I’ve been mostly looking for Les Mis related stuff but there’s a ton of other cool pictures too.
Ooooh, we could totally do that! 😀 Actually I’ll post this publicly so we can ask if anybody else is interested.
Of course it’s super long so it would probably have to be over multiple days or even weeks. I think maybe three to four episodes in one go with small breaks in between might work?
i want to follow more les mis blogs that aren’t e/R centered! i don’t mind the ship in any way, i’m just looking for some variation on my dash. so please like or reblog this if you blog about other les mis things and i’ll check you out? can be other ships or no ships at all. 🙂