Mrs Eaves wrote:Erm... I guess I'll say switch because I could argue for both sides with the whole "needing to keep control" vs. "giving up control." I think his main instinct would be to top, but if someone got him to bottom, I think he'd eventually like it.
Marianne wrote: The opposite of love isn't hate, it's indifference--Enjolras is indifferent to women because he considers them irrelevant to his cause, but he has an ambivalent love-hate relationship with Grantaire, who is not irrelevant but antithetical to what Enjolras represents and cares about. Grantaire craves Enjolras' affection and esteem, and Enjolras would like to grant it to him but all his affections and desires are bound up in his Cause, and he can't bring himself to love or accept Grantaire until Grantaire has brought himself into the fold. That's where the tension is, and there's enough ambiguity in Hugo's language to suggest that the submerged sexual tension follows the same lines as the overt emotional tension.
Citizeness Feuilly wrote:
This thread is so much fun - I've thought about this question many times, and it's nice to see my perverted mind is not alone. My family, who are all straight-laced conservatives, would probably fall over dead if they knew that there was a 46 page long academic discussion, spanning 5 years, on Enjolras' sexual orientation and positional preferences - but I love it!
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