Question: did everything go over my head, because from the book I got the impression that though Gavroche respected Enjolras, he really didn't like him very much. No? Am I crazy?
Honestly, I can see Gavroche being a little upset, but come on, he fought at the barricades in 1830, and he wasn't particularly close to Les Amis. He's seen leaders die before, and sure, he'd be sad, but in the streets he probably saw a lot of people die and attachment was dangerous. I mean, when his brothers go missing he just briefly wonders where they are. Maybe he'd be a bit sad, but he'd go back to running around Paris causing mayhem before long.
Grantaire would be destroyed. He'd be dead already, and the suicide would honestly just be a way of officiating it. He'd kill himself, in some stupid drunken feat, where he'd run in front of National Guardsmen, shouting about France and liberty and equality and Enjolras and death to the king. He'd be gunned down immediately, and if he wasn't he would try again. He would want to be killed that way.
Courfeyrac would be very open about it, and he'd talk about it and have a period of mourning, but not the drunken I-can't-live-without-him thing Grantaire had. The thing about having a chief, a guide, and a center is that a group can function with only two wheels. Not as well as with three, and there's definitely damage done, but it can still go on.
Combeferre would have no outlet for the natural emotions that come with death, and would end up sobbing to Courfeyrac one night in a fit because he'd tried to stay calm for so long. Eventually, he'd be alright and be prepared to guide Les Amis, but he'd be shaken, and I'm not sure him or Courfeyrac have the fire to send men to their deaths at a barricade, when Combeferre worked so hard at sending some home.
Joly would react in a similar way to Combeferre, but he'd have an outlet in the form of Bousset, who would make silly jokes about Enjolras, and with Musichetta they'd mourn. Him and Bousset would eventually be okay, I think.
Bahorel would punch something or someone.
Feuilly and Prouvaire would reflect deeply upon it and why. Prouvaire would probably sit in the corner with Grantaire for a couple of nights, wondering how such a thing could happen, and Feuilly would use it as further fuel to drive the revolution, perhaps even becoming a sort of replacement Enjolras. I always got that feeling from the Brick, that Feuilly was very well liked by Enjolras and that his fire and awesomeness and caring for the people would make him second choice to lead the revolution.
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