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by sophiedegrouchy
Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:21 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: Original French manuscript of 'Les Misérables'
Replies: 13
Views: 6458

Re: Original French manuscript of 'Les Misérables'

COURGETTE, YOU ARE A PEOPLE'S HERO. LET ME HUG YOU INTENSELY.

GOD ON HIGH this is the coolest thing.
by sophiedegrouchy
Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:51 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: Lee's Miserable Translation and Confederate Brick Reading
Replies: 31
Views: 5054

Re: Lee's Miserable Translation and Confederate Brick Readin

Virtually all the Napoleon stuff stays in! Two levels of explanation: 1. Descriptions of warfare were interesting and relatable for people living in wartime. Look at the NYT Disunion article that b4w linked on the first page for a quote from a (Union) soldier saying how Waterloo was relevant to his ...
by sophiedegrouchy
Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:10 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: Lee's Miserable Translation and Confederate Brick Reading
Replies: 31
Views: 5054

Re: Lee's Miserable Translation and Confederate Brick Readin

@Mme B: ooooo that didn't even cross my mind. That's definitely possible! Or it could just be too much metaphorical commentary for our editor. @between4walls: No worries, I was only "following" it because MmeB had just pointed me towards it. That "degeneracy" is one of the few ex...
by sophiedegrouchy
Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:14 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: Lee's Miserable Translation and Confederate Brick Reading
Replies: 31
Views: 5054

Re: Lee's Miserable Translation and Confederate Brick Readin

Thanks, all! Enjoy! One more resource, then. Go to http://www.mediafire.com/view/?d54lsrt5gqqqcbp for my full chapter notes. Red lettering is edited, red highlighting is gone entirely. Note that the titles are from the Hapgood translation because they where what I could quickly copy-paste. The Richm...
by sophiedegrouchy
Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:52 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: Lee's Miserable Translation and Confederate Brick Reading
Replies: 31
Views: 5054

Re: Lee's Miserable Translation and Confederate Brick Readin

Also - the linked Richmond edition looks really...weird to me. Like the colors are all off and strangely bright. If anyone wants a different link, it's also on Hathitrust: http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/010944590.
by sophiedegrouchy
Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:30 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: Lee's Miserable Translation and Confederate Brick Reading
Replies: 31
Views: 5054

Re: Lee's Miserable Translation and Confederate Brick Readin

Hi! I just did a whole academic project on Lee's Misérables. I haven't been around this forum lately, but MmeB pointed me to this thread. (Thanks, by the way.) I'm in the middle of something else for the next month so will have spotty internet usage (depending on how the productivity/procrastination...
by sophiedegrouchy
Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:57 am
Forum: Brick Meta
Topic: Enjolras-as-tyrant?
Replies: 11
Views: 3344

Re: Enjolras-as-tyrant?

To Saint Jolras and others: I'm afraid I gave the wrong impression! Perhaps I've been too long absent from these circles, that I can't assume others will take my real fondness for the character as a given. The bit about the leading others to their deaths etc was the least sympathetic reading that I ...
by sophiedegrouchy
Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: Brick Meta
Topic: Enjolras-as-tyrant?
Replies: 11
Views: 3344

Enjolras-as-tyrant?

(Let me preface this by saying that Enjolras is near and dear to my heart. I love him to bits and I think it’s fair to say that many of his words are a part of who I am.) I think it’s safe to say that most of us on here know and hate the old trope of Enjolras as a petty tinhat dictator. You well kno...
by sophiedegrouchy
Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:32 am
Forum: Brick Meta
Topic: Gleams which pass
Replies: 17
Views: 4129

Re: Gleams which pass

Hot damn. You're...too good to be true.

A slightly modified approach to really, really back you up:
"Communisme" in that time frame, French language gets 35,200 hits.
"Communisme"+"Marx" gets...24. Welp.
by sophiedegrouchy
Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: Loopholes and Goofs
Replies: 33
Views: 3221

Re: Loopholes and Goofs

Holy cow, I love being proven wrong. Thanks! EDIT: Aw, heck, it was even right there on the French Wikipedia article on Le Bagne de Brest: "La flétrissure (marquage au fer rouge) sera abolie entre 1791 et 1810." (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagne_de_Brest#Le_marquage_au_fer_rouge) EDIT 2:...
by sophiedegrouchy
Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:50 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: Loopholes and Goofs
Replies: 33
Views: 3221

Re: Loopholes and Goofs

Champmathieu's lack of a convict's brand! Hugo even talks about the brand in the same scene, in the context of Chenildieu's failed attempt to efface his. The fact that Champmathieu didn't have a TF on his shoulder should've ended that trial pretty quickly! (If I could go back and rewrite the chapter...
by sophiedegrouchy
Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:57 am
Forum: Brick Meta
Topic: Gleams which pass
Replies: 17
Views: 4129

Re: Gleams which pass

What I had in mind: "Communism and agrarian law think they have solved the second problem [i.e. to distribute wealth]. They are mistaken. Their distribution kills production...To kill wealth is not to distribute it." Am I wrong in conflating Communism with Marx? Hugo uses both "social...
by sophiedegrouchy
Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: Brick Meta
Topic: Gleams which pass
Replies: 17
Views: 4129

Re: Gleams which pass

Y'know, I think I'm going to push back on the fils unique/stillborn-revolution-with-no-heirs bit. (Because it's not like it's been close on two years. Or like it really deserves its own thread :lol: ) For me, the whole bit about the funky ahistoricity of Hugo's 1832 is that it's meant to announce or...
by sophiedegrouchy
Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:14 am
Forum: Fan Fiction
Topic: Petit Cénacle, Jehan (with Gautier+O'Neddy), PG
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: Petit Cénacle, Jehan (with Gautier+O'Neddy), PG

I'll PM you the relevant stuff right now. :)
by sophiedegrouchy
Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:03 am
Forum: Fan Fiction
Topic: Petit Cénacle, Jehan (with Gautier+O'Neddy), PG
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: Petit Cénacle, Jehan (with Gautier+O'Neddy), PG

HUUUGS right back at you, Despard! Thanks as always for the insightful encouragement! (Two little things, as long as I'm communicating with you here: 1. Did you receive my recent fb message re: photos? No great rush, just wanted to make sure you got it at some point. 2. Have you logged into LJ in th...

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