omelettes!

I want to write an Art School AU drabble all about how the characters spend Valentine’s Day.

Potionless: there’s probably a horse-drawn carriage involved. Hand made gifts. Candle lit dinner. Possible serenade. Dancing. Unbearable sweetness.

Butterfly Bog: Now officially a couple but still boycotting the holiday. Except that they found the perfect gifts for each other … 

Gwill and Fam: Rod and Gwill make Adeline breakfast in bed. “The eggshells in the omelette are from Gwill.” Roderick gives Adeline flowers, chocolates, and a completely sappy card.

Any other ideas? Prompt me.

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We’re young. We’re supposed to drink too much. We’re supposed to have bad attitudes and shag each other’s brains out. We are designed to party. This is it. Yeah, so a few of us will overdose or go mental. But Charles Darwin said you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. And that’s what it’s all about breaking eggs! And by eggs, I do mean, getting twatted on a cocktail of Class As. If you could just see yourselves! It breaks my heart. You’re wearing cardigans! We had it all. We fucked up bigger and better than any generation that came before us. We were so beautiful! We’re screw-ups. I’m a screw-up and I plan to be a screw-up until my late 20s, maybe even my early 30s. And I will shag my own mother before I let her… or anyone else take that away from me!

two introductions of Jean "Jehan" Prouvaire
  • two introductions of Jean "Jehan" Prouvaire
  • two different French women
  • two different Les Mis audiobooks
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So how do the French pronounce “Jehan”? Not even the French can agree. 

Prouvaire’s self-given nickname shows up in Hugo’s text only once, in the chapter that introduces les Amis de l’A B C:

Jean Prouvaire était une nuance plus adoucie encore que Combeferre. Il s’appelait Jehan, par cette petite fantaisie momentanée qui se mêlait au puissant et profond mouvement d’où est sortie l’étude si nécessaire du Moyen Âge.

I downloaded the relevant chapter from two different French audiobooks, and was frustrated to discover that the pronunciation was not consistent across versions. Is it JEU-on or JÉ-on? Or something else? The world may never know.

When in doubt, just call him Jean Prouvaire. All his friends do.