midautumnnightdream:

A more detailed view of Gautier`s amazing Kitty Curtains.

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It has come to my attention that the people want pictures of Gautier’s kitty curtains. (Disclaimer: probably not actually Gautier’s)

While I’m at it, have other related pictures too. This is from right next to the Victor Hugo museum because they used to live next door to each other for a while. The window picture is from Hugo’s apartment looking at Gautier’s place. And the last one is obviously a painting of the battle of Hernani, featuring Gautier.

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For anyone who finds themselves stuck in a “but Historical Accuracy!!” argument re: the plausibility of black people in France in Les Mis Canon Era and wants more references to cite:  an excerpt from David McCullough’s The Greater Journey, about American student Charles Sumner’s account of his studies in Paris in the 1830s (warning for period language about race):

On Saturday, June 20, 1838, as he recorded in his journal, Sumner attended a lecture at the Sorbonne on the philosophical theory of Heraclites delivered by Adolphe-Marie du Caurroy,  a distinguished scholar who spoke extremely slowly.  Sumner began looking about the hall. 

“He had a large audience ” Sumner wrote, “among whom I noticed two or three blacks, or rather mulattos–two-thirds black perhaps– dressed quite à la mode and having the easy, jaunty air of young men of fashion…He watched closely. The black students were “well received ” by the other students, he noted. 

“They were standing in the midst of a knot of young men, and their color seemed to be no objection to them.  I was glad to see this, though with American impressions, it seemed very strange. It must be then, that the distance between free blacks and the whites among us [in America] is derived from education, and does not exist in the nature of things.”

— David W. McCullough, The Greater Journey

Charles Sumner returned to America to become one of the most consistent and outspoken politicians in support of the abolition of slavery, even fighting with Lincoln for not being aggressive enough in the pursuit of abolition– and much of that attitude seems to stem from his time in Paris, and seeing black people as part of French society at all levels

Good ref. to quote, thank you. 😀

I’m cautiously optimistic about the upcoming Beeb Les Mis re: PoC casting. One of the things I was particularly pleased to see in their Dickensian (which was rollicking good fun overall) was three of the main cast – in addition to various minor characters (Sergeant George, etc.) – being non-white (which is, of course, perfectly historically accurate).

Oh, that’s good to know! 😀  I’m hopeful that it being a tv series instead of a movie will better the odds for a diverse cast, too. 

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I recently decided that it would be a productive use of my time to see what recordings I could find online of Si le roi m’avait donné. For those who might not know, this is the song that Combeferre is referencing in his response to Marius’ enthusiasm for Napoleon in 3.4.5. (Actual serious discussion of this here courtesy of hernaniste​.)

Anyway, I found a rather nice rendition of it that I thought I’d share, but also I think this was the first time that I really paid attention to the second verse. I’ll write them both out for the sake of convenience:

Si le roi m’avait donné
Paris sa grande ville
Et qu’il me fallût quitter
l’amour de ma mie
Je dirais au roi Henri
Reprenez votre Paris
J’aime mieux ma mie, ô gué!
J’aime mieux ma mie.

Or le roi n’m’a pas donné
Paris sa grande ville
Mais il m’a fallu quitter
L’amour de ma mie
Et j’ai dit au roi Henri
Laissez-moi mourir ici
J’ai perdu ma mie
Ô gué
J’ai perdu ma mie.

If the king had given me his great city of Paris and I had to leave the love of my sweetheart, I would say to King Henri, “Take back your Paris; I love my sweetheart more.”

Yet the king did not give me his great city of Paris, but I had to leave the love of my sweetheart. And I said to King Henri, “Leave me to die here; I have lost my sweetheart.”

Now, Combeferre’s version takes the first stanza and changes it up a little so that, instead of the king offering glory but the singer preferring his sweetheart, we have Caesar offering glory and the singer preferring his mother. Enjolras will helpfully go on to clarify that by ‘my mother’ he means the Republic. Unlike Marius, the Amis aren’t preoccupied by military glory; what they do, they do for the sake of the Republic.

So far so good. But then it occurred to me that Hugo likely knew the second stanza of the song too. So what happens if we do the same substitutions there? The singer does not get either Paris or his sweetheart, and in the second half of the stanza he wishes that he were dead. Combeferre certainly got no glory – he was nothing more than ‘almost historic’ – but neither did he achieve the Republic he wanted. He is unlike the singer in the original in that he never asks for death. But that is what he gets.

It’s not said in so many words, but, if you know the second stanza, even 3.4.5, a moment of vindication for Combeferre and his political aspirations, foreshadows that he will die before those aspirations can be fulfilled.

While Marius, who was so wounded by Combeferre’s response, survives. Through the title of Baron (which comes from Napoleon) he gets his glory, and he gets his sweetheart too. Perhaps he got the last word in this argument after all…

Wait, but is “Si le roi m’avait donné” the original version? (That’s a genuine question, by the way.) I ask because the 18th century/revolutionary songs that use that tune tend to call it “La bonne aventure” (and the chorus often remains, despite changes to the other words, “La bonne aventure, ô [or “au”] gué”)…

Of course, even if it isn’t, it’s pretty obvious that Combeferre’s song is based more directly on “Si le roi m’avait donné”, so whatever the outcome your point still stands. I’m just curious…

Good question! “Si le roi…” is quoted in Molière’s Le Misanthrope, which would date it back at least as far as 1666, but even there it’s said to be old-fashioned. As for “La bonne aventure”, this book suggests that satirical versions with this refrain were kicking around in the court of Louis XIV, which puts us round the same time as the Molière. No luck so far on getting any further back than that for either version, although perhaps someone with more persistence and a better knowledge of where to look could turn something up…

Of course, lyrics-tune matching is always a rather fluid business, (just look at ‘While shepherds watched…’) so there may not even be an answer…

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So I was trying to get a sense of what the exterior of Victor Hugo’s house might have looked like around the time that Gautier talks about when he describes their first meeting (for, uh, reasons) and was a bit disappointed to discover that the address in question is NOT this:

which has, like, the IDEAL exterior

but this:

(9 rue Jean Goujon, in what is now the 8th.)

I mean, granted, who knows how old/accurate these photos are, but still. Too bad.

Apparently Hugo had to move right after Hernani was first performed because he was besieged by visitors and it was bothering the neighbors? So they moved to rue Jean Goujon where they had NO neighbors at all.  Well, I guess it was convenient for visiting Romantics  – they could freak out about meeting Hugo as much (and as loudly!) as they wanted without disturbing anyone…

@midautumnnightdream, @vapaus-ystavyys-tasaarvo, since we were talking about this the other day – here’s the visual for you.

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I think I got a hold of the storyboards for the new BBC adaptation.

…my French is weaksauce and the type is hard to read with the scan and all but ARE THE PAID ASSASSINS DEFENDING THE BARRICADE, WHY.

My english is weak, but it more or less says :

– What are you doing here, pipsqueak ? Babet yelled at him.

– I’m coming to fight with you, for bread and liberty !

Ambushed behind walls, the soldiers were shooting relentlessly. A few had been killed and lied in the middle of the street. Others were stepping back to escape the grapeshots.

– Shoot again, Montparnasse ordered, some of them are retreating !

– Shoot… but we don’t have any bullets left, we’re doomed ! Babet sighed


…… Yes it seems that the assassins ARE defending it, maybe in a “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” way ?

*scrubs eyes* 

OKAY THEN. AU where…the agents provocateurs see the Light of the Ideal, I guess?

…Does this mean we get the Super Happy end for this  one, can everyone just go have a party after.

Unfortunately this is more like the AU where Montparnasse, Babet, Courfeyrac, Brujon etc. (Yes, you read that name right, it’s Courfeyrac), the grown up gamins whose crimes include stealing apples and brioche with Gavroche on occasion, are the June insurgents. That is to say, Enjolras & co. do not exist. Weirdly it gets the tone right on a couple of occasions (and it’s for kids) but… what? How? Why? The world may never know.

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1001paperboxes:

pilferingapples:

SUDDEN EXTREMELY SKETCHY STAR TREK AU 

the most important thing about Star Trek AU is that Grantaire is Kevin Riley okay 
NO ICE CREAM FOR YOU 

the second most important thing is that Bahorel is The Redshirt, he is EVERY redshirt, he’s the whole security staff and he dies Every Time but he’s also fine every time, he says he’s immortal and the rest of the crew is like “WELL WE’VE HEARD WEIRDER SO OKAY”

Enjolras is the Captain adn Feuilly is the Chief Engineer and Combeferre is the Chief Science Officer 
this is not open for debate

TRANSCRIPT of my terrible writing 

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Pilf, you Entirely Win for making Bahorel EVERY REDSHIRT. (He actually starts to enjoy it after a while, doesn’t he?)

Oh, if he didn’t enjoy it he wouldn’t still be there! No-one knows how long he’s been the Whole Redshirt Army, though. He was on the ship before anyone else. (No one’s sure just how long, though, since his records are  actually kind of. Complicated. for obvious reasons XD)

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YES I’m running a Poetry Smash week!

August 1-7 is getting dedicated to the resurrected Romantics of Les Miserables, Jehan Prouvaire and Bahorel, and any fanwork that might get made for them!

What sort of fanwork? Anything! Playlists, headcanons, art, fic, analyses, whatever!  Canon or AU, any time, universe or version!

Why: Because this pair is awesome!  and it’s my birthday and I want to.

But I don’t ship it?  FRIENDSHIP IS AWESOME. Really! This isn’t a Ship Week, it’s a celebration for anything about these two together! 

But I do ship it!  ALSO AWESOME.  Really!  Party!

What about NSFW?   Totally okay! Just tag it for the faint of heart and those sneaking onto Tumblr at work.   

Whatever you make, just tag it #poetrysmashweek  !  I’ll be reblogging all of it over to the @poetrysmashparty  blog (which already has a bit of an an archive, so if you’re interested check that out!) 

Questions, ideas?  Send me an ask! 

Shoujo Cosette Group Watch IS ON A TWO WEEK BREAK

vapaus-ystavyys-tasaarvo:

We’ll meet again in August! On the 6th!

Also since we’re almost done with this series I thought I’d mention that we’ve been talking about keeping this weekly group watch thing going and watching other Les Mis adaptations together! I think next we’re going to go for a few shorter ones? There’s been talk of the Dallas version of the musical being next. And at some point we’ll definitely watch the Italian miniseries!

So there will be a two week break from Shoujo Cosette, then we have two weeks of Shoujo Cosette left after the break and then we’ll watch something else the week after that!

Shoujo Cosette Group Watch IS ON A TWO WEEK BREAK

vapaus-ystavyys-tasaarvo:

We’ll meet again in August! On the 6th!

Also since we’re almost done with this series I thought I’d mention that we’ve been talking about keeping this weekly group watch thing going and watching other Les Mis adaptations together! I think next we’re going to go for a few shorter ones? There’s been talk of the Dallas version of the musical being next. And at some point we’ll definitely watch the Italian miniseries!

So there will be a two week break from Shoujo Cosette, then we have two weeks of Shoujo Cosette left after the break and then we’ll watch something else the week after that!