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LES MISERABLES; Victor Hugo

“So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation which, in the midst of civilization, artificially creates a hell on earth, and complicates with human fatality a destiny that is divine; so long as the three problems of the century - the degradation of man by the exploitation of his labour, the ruin of women by starvation and the atrophy of childhood by physical and spiritual night are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words and from a still broader point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, there should be a need for books such as this.”

  • What she says: I'm fine.
  • What she means: Why would Tom Hooper mutilate Drink With Me like that? The song makes the audience grow attached to the amis, emphasizing that they're young and afraid and unwilling to die, but above all it's vital for the characterisation of Grantaire. Without his verse in Drink With Me, the audience unfamiliar with the brick and the stage version, has no idea who Grantaire is as a person. It's very easy to misinterpret him as "detached, goofy" and "comic relief ami" from his parts in Red & Black and "let's give 'em a screwing they'll never forget" (which was also cut, mind you) but Drink With Me completes his character. His death, without the prelude of "drink with me to days gone by / can it be you fear to die / will the world remember you when you fall / could it be your death means nothing at all / is your life just one more lie" is relatively unimpactful because the audience thinks he believed in the revolution just as much as any of the amis. Without the glare at Enjolras at the end of his verse, without the angry swig from his bottle and him going back into the café when his friends are outside, all together one last time, audience doesn't understand he's in love with Enjolras and knows he's being lured to his own death, which he knows he won't even try to avoid. Audience doesn't know Grantaire would rather die for a cause he doesn't believe in than live without Enjolras.

Despite Enjolras’s initial idea to go as a protester, carrying his pamphlets around and painting the pride flag onto his face (“It’s Halloween, Enj, you have to DRESS UP, you literally look like this every other day,” “Shut up Courf I’m trying to right society”), you cannot convince me that E and R’s first couple Halloween costume was not this

Originally posted by nostalgiclabotomy

  • His enemies destroyed his rep, France forgot him.
  • Les Amis: We fought with him.
  • Gavroche: Me? I died for him.
  • Courfeyrac And Combeferre: Me? I trusted him.
  • Grantaire: Me? I loved him.
  • National Guard: And me? I’m the damn fool that shot him.
  • Enjolras: There’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait!