I just had the most startling idea!
We all know how Hugo keeps comparing Enjolras to Saint Just and how Combeferre is supposedly based on Camille Desmoulins. In the same way I have heard it mentioned, albeit less loudly and firmly, that Courfeyrac has a similar relationship with Danton. I have also encountered the idea that, because of his science and frequent illnesses (whether they are real or just imagined), Joly is playing the role of Marat. This is of course all a question of politics and personalities rather than relationships
But then I started thinking: what about Grantaire? If Enjolras is Saint Just, Combeferre Desmoulins, Courfeyrac Danton, Bahorel and Prouvaire Les Bouzingos, Joly Marat, and L'Aigles hometown was a starting place for the French reformation (the first New Testament in French was printed there and the Bishop, even though he recanted when threatened with torture and death, was an important leader for the protestants), then who does Feuilly and Grantaire symbolize? Feuilly I'm still not sure about, maybe he's supposed to be one or all of the foreign revolutionary movements.
He's ugly, obnoxious but well meaning, a libertine and a cynic, well educated, knows his way around the cafe's, is grounded in the ABC but is as familiar with other groups, talks and drinks A LOT, doesn't get along very well with Enjolras and only joins the revolution at the very last moment.
Danton's most famous qualities (at least in retrospect) seems to have been his ugliness, his speeches and his passions. He also wasn't impressed by Camille's talk of revolution (or politics at all, really) until it was already happening. He absolutely refused to be told by anyone what to say or do. His relationship with Robespierre was not exactly fluffy and when it came to Saint Just, well...
To me that sound a lot more like Grantaire than Courfeyrac, but then who would he be? *frown*
What do think? Will it pass?
It's easier to be odd or crazy or insane than to hurt all the time.
Be who you are and say what you mean. Because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail.