Acaila wrote:"Not being heard is no reason for staying silent"
Acaila wrote:Indeed! I always wear it if I'm doing something that involves being really assertive and righteous!
23623 wrote:Crazy Gillenormand fangirl checking in! Thank you so much for starting this, CC. Don't have the book at hand but I'll add more next time. For now I just have to jump in and say that Gillenormand is absolutely the coolest grandpa ever. I LOVE his chapters. His relationship with Marius is so realistic and so interesting. They have radically different political views, they can't live under the same roof, they can't even talk normally with each other, but Gillenormand really LOVES Marius. I dare say he would still love him even if Marius were the most wanted criminal in France. But Gillenormand's parenting is epic fail.
I'll have to look up that adaptation.I actually find him rather manipulative and authoritative as a parent. He just can't find a proper way to channel his love to his dear grandson. He fails to really understand him because there's so much miscommuication between grandpa and grandson. He's like those parents who think the youth nowdays seriously suck. I guess in his eyes Marius is just like a child who is lost in the wood, and he'll do everything to "save" him from whatever he's doing wrong. Gillenormand expresses his feelings openly for the first time when Marius is wounded. I was really moved when I read that chapter. I've watched a Spanish TV adaption of LM (it has a thread in the movie section) and that scene was totally amazing. I actually cried while watching even though I couldn't fully understand the lines!
I loved Mabeuf too and was so sad when he had to sell his books and especially the copperplates for his own book.Seems that I have a thing for cool old fellows, lol.
I I also love Javert's final note to his colleagues before suicide because this is just so JAVERT.
CC21106 wrote:Acaila wrote:Indeed! I always wear it if I'm doing something that involves being really assertive and righteous!
I may steal that idea. In the online edition it's "That one is not listened to is no reason for preserving silence" but yours is better. More succinct, bit of a different connotation, fits different situations better. What translation is it?
"What a pity!" said Combeferre. "What hideous things these butcheries are! Come, when there are no more kings, there will be no more war. En- jolras, you are taking aim at that sergeant, you are not looking at him. Fancy, he is a charming young man; he is intrepid; it is evident that he is thoughtful; those young artillery-men are very well educated; he has a father, a mother, a family; he is probably in love; he is not more than five and twenty at the most; he might be your brother."
"He is," said Enjolras.
"Yes," replied Combeferre, "he is mine too. Well, let us not kill him." "Let me alone. It must be done."
And a tear trickled slowly down Enjolras' marble cheek.
At the same moment, he pressed the trigger of his rifle. The flame leaped forth.
Without saying a word, he took aim at the fireman, and, a second later, the helmet, smashed by a bullet, rattled noisily into the street. The terri- fied soldier made haste to disappear. A second observer took his place. This one was an officer. Jean Valjean, who had re-loaded his gun, took aim at the newcomer and sent the officer's casque to join the soldier's. The officer did not persist, and retired speedily. This time the warning was understood. No one made his appearance thereafter on that roof; and the idea of spying on the barricade was abandoned.
"Why did you not kill the man?" Bossuet asked Jean Valjean. Jean Valjean made no reply.
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