Favorite Brick Chapters?

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Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby LibertySparks » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:03 am

So, I've been wondering about this for a while and couldn't find an existing topic. I know there is one for Brick passages, but what are some of your favorite Brick Chapters?
I'm going to have to take a look to compose a list when I get a chance, but I can almost say without a doubt that "A Group Which Barrly Missed Becoming Historic" is somewhere on that list.
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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby Aurelia Combeferre » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:12 am

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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby Acaila » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:15 am

In vague semblance of order:
Orestes Fasting and Pylades Drunk
Javert
A Group Which Barely Missed Becoming Historic
The End of the Verses of Jean Prouvaire
Vague Flashes on the Horizon
Enlargement of Horizon
Many Interrogation Points With Regard To A Certain Le Cabuc Whose Name May Not Have Been Le Cabuc

Those are the chapters that I could probably quote large sections of by heart. Particularly the first four are the ones that I would check new translations for in the bookshop, or just jump to automatically in my reading. 1, 2 and 4 being the ones that make me cry.
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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby Gervais » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:16 am

Oh, gosh. Oh, gosh. Oh...

Okay, this is in no order whatsoever, and I'm probably forgetting some. Oh well.

The Inseparable--I usually don't cry even at most of the death scenes, but this chapter broke me last time I read it. Not entirely sure why, but it did. :(

The Agony of Death After the Agony of Life--I love and hate this one, and is one of the few deaths that I do actually cry at. It's so heartbreaking and beautiful and painful and full and empty all at once.

Cosette Side By Side with a Stranger in the Dark--need I say more?

Between Four Planks--I love the Great Coffin Escape, period.

The Horizon that may be seen from the crest of a Barricade--The Enjolras Speech of Epicness

The Trap--Five words: "Would you like my hat?"

A Heart Beneath a Stone--Is it cheesy? Yes. Is it adorable? Also yes.

A Night Behind Which There is Day--Valjean's death scene

The Grass Covers and the Rain Effaces--The description of Valjean's grave

They're not chapters, I know, but I also love the Preface and Hugo's Letter to the Italian Editor.

That's not all of them, certainly, but that's a good start.
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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby Rachel » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:14 am

The Throes of Death After the Throes of Life
Gavroche
The Flag: The Second Act
The Watchdog
Marble Meets Granite
The Trap is Sprung
Orestes Fasting and Pylades Drunk
Pére Mabeuf's Apparition
The Goblin Appears to Marius
The Vengeance of Jean Valjean
The Two Duties; To Watch and to Hope
In Which the Boy Gavroche Profits By The Great Napoleon
The Hazards of An Escape
The First Shadows
No Place For the Aged

I flipped through my book, I'm sure there's more.
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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby MmeBahorel » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:17 am

Argot

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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby Gervais » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:24 am

MmeBahorel wrote:Argot

(yes, I'm a nerd!)

Ooh, I love that one. :mrgreen: Would make more sense if I knew more French. (or just knew French, period), but with decent footnotes it's pretty awesome.
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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby macaron » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:17 am

MmeBahorel wrote:Argot

(yes, I'm a nerd!)

Yes! :mrgreen:

Top of my list would probably be 'Orestes Fasting and Pylades Drunk'. Shocking, I know.

I also love 'Marble against Granite'. "'Down with the Bourbons, and that great hog, Louis XVIII!'
Louis XVIII had been dead for four years; but that made no difference to him."

'Adventures of the Letter U delivered over to Conjectures' is for me the most charming of them all. I've always got the biggest grin on my face when I read that chapter. (Really, all of the Luxembourg chapters could be added to the list.)

The fact that most of my copies like to open at 'A Group Which Barely Missed Becoming Historic' is probably a sign that that's among my favourites, too. I can't help it. It's lines that "The others gave more light, he shed more warmth; the truth is, that he possessed all the qualities of a centre, roundness and radiance," that does it.

And let's not forget 'Enjolras and His Lieutentants'. Oh, Grantaire.

Oh, and 'Two Complete Portraits', with the descriptions of the Thénardiers. Love those.

And reading through the thread I keep going, "Oh, and that one, and that one, and that one." *g*

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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby Juliet24601 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:06 pm

My favourite is 'two misfortunes make one piece of good fortune', the one that the song Suddenly was based on.
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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby freedomlover » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:20 pm

I cannot just choose one :(

I guess Friends of the ABC, but I love it all...
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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby Rachelle » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:58 pm

Can we talk about how awesome the actual chapter names in the brick are as well. Maybe it's just the translation but some of them are so hillarious or ironic.
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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby Acaila » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:39 pm

Just the title "The End of the Verses of Jean Prouvaire" gives me the feels :(
Revolution: like Christmas come early only with more death
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"Les Amis Fun Package - The Awesome Traits of Each"
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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby MmeBahorel » Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:36 am

Hugo loves his puns, and some are untranslatable. The one where Valjean catches a glimpse of Cosette's blotter in the mirror and makes out her letter to Marius is titled "Buvard, bavard": Blotter, chatterbox. Julie Rose gets it right with "Blotter, Blabber", but the literal sound is awful and I imagine Hugo the poet turning over in his grave. The poet in him does a couple more of these pairings - "Foi, loi" Faith, Law; "Railler, régner" To Tease, To Reign. It's all about the sound of the words.

Then there's "Un lieu où des convictions sont en train de se former" - A Place Where Convictions Are Made - for Valjean in the courtroom in Arras, playing with double meanings.

What's most interesting is that he doesn't have a single organizational scheme for chapter titles. Some are a single word; some are a relevant phrase or pun; some are merely a bare statement ("In the Year 1817"); and some are those crazy wonderful 19th century chapter titles that might as well be a chapter in themselves ("Mlle Gillenormand Finally Decides It Is Not Bad for M. Fauchelevent to Come In With Something Under His Arm"). They're sprinkled around without rhyme or reason (the one before the great Mlle Gillenormand chapter is "Marius Attacks"). Compare to Dickens, who maintains an internal consistency: all the chapters in Bleak House are v. short titles, while all the chapters in Nicholas Nickelby are crazy long awesome. Hugo's book is all things, the only book you will ever need because it's a novel and a social history and a religious text all in one! Therefore, it can use every single organizational structure at once! *g*
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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby Acaila » Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:45 am

I was thinking exactly that when I was checking the titles of my favourite ones last night. Just "Javert" as a title seems terribly disappointing in comparison to some of the rest of them! :lol:
Revolution: like Christmas come early only with more death
Abaisse Chief/Chef
"Les Amis Fun Package - The Awesome Traits of Each"
"She's basically Enjolras meets Amy Pond"
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Re: Favorite Brick Chapters?

Postby Rachelle » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:01 am

Isn't there one called "In which Javert lost the game" ? I can't manage to find it in my copy. Maybe it's translated differently.
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