île de france

combeferre and enjolras meeting in the university library at 3:30am. enjolras is stressed mess only alive because he’s drunk six cups of coffee in the past hour, and combeferre (who has been there all day yet still manages to look perfect) suggests that this tiny blonde haired disaster goes home and gets some sleep after he literally falls off his chair. enjolras just mumbles “you should get some sleep” before returning to the book he’s reading. combeferre reaches across the desk to turn the book the right way up.

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I don’t speak a word of French, but I love this version of “You’re Welcome.” I think that the song’s name change (”Pour les Hommes,” or “For Humans) is really fascinating. Though it changes the tone of the song a bit, I think it makes the song relevant to Maui’s story in a new way by emphasizing that Maui did all that he did for humans. At the end of the song, the refrain changes from ”Pour les Hommes” to “Loin des Hommes” (away from humans). Disillusioned, Maui has lost hope in filling the void inside him by serving humans, and wants to go off to have his own adventures by himself. Really cool stuff! This version was written very well.

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les misérables + main places || (pictures are not mine)

  • la place de la bastille: square in paris where “la prison de la bastille” stood until its destruction in 1789 during the french revolution. in the novel, it’s the site of napoleon’s elephant.
  • la rue des filles du calvaire (trad. the street of the ordeal’s daughters/girls): marius’s grandfather’s house. it’s situated in the north-east of the 3rd arrondissement of paris. 
  • l’église saint-paul saint-louis: church where marius and cosette were married. situated in the marais quarter of paris (4th arrondissement). 
  • rue de la verrerie: marius & courfeyrac’s apartment. 
  • “la barricade de la liberté”: also the corinthe. situated rue mondétour and rue rambuteau. it’s where the barricade was built in the novel.
  • quai des gesvres: place where javert committed suicide. in the novel, he didn’t jump from a bridge but from an embankment. from his point of view, we can see notre-dame in the background.
  • café musain: doesn’t exist anymore. it was situated boulevard saint-michel. 
  • rue plumet: exist under another name now: “rue oudinot”. where jean valjean lived while raising cosette. number #55 doesn’t exist: the musical invented it. it’s hard to tell where valjean’s house could have been situated.