“Daddy said not to go downtown-” “Like I said, you’re free to go.”
“I’m with you, but the situation is fraught.” … “You are the worst, Burr.”
Peggy and Aaron are both hesitant to break the rules (either parental orders or societal revolution), and are met with derision from those they hang out with
Their concerns are also dismissed and overwritten by others who are more excited about the opportunities and intellectual upheaval that come with widespread social unrest, no matter how deadly the situation is
“It’s bad enough there’ll be violence on our shore-” “New ideas in the air!”
“If you talk, you’re gonna get shot.” … “Poppin’ a squat on conventional wisdom, like it or not!”
Both start out as part of a group allied with Alex but end up shunted to the side, only to return as obstacles against him (with Peggy as the dual-casted Maria)
There’s even a moment of lyrical discordance within their respective trios:
Peggy’s line feels just a bit late, whereas Aaron noticeably declines to sing the “Southern Motherfuckin’” bit; he’s not from Virginia and doesn’t have any strong desire for protecting Southern interests that would deserve a swear
This key hesitation within a group costs them notability and the opportunities to utilize their interpersonal relationships to the fullest.
How are both of them remembered? Historically, little more than a footnote. Peggy is what Aaron could’ve been if he hadn’t learned too much from Alex.
Which is worse, I wonder? Fading into obscurity, or eternal notoriety?