pylades

Just another Grantaire headcanon:

Grantaire has a really fucking good memory, but he doesn’t care to remember all that much. But because he cares about his friends, he remembers all this minor shit about them. For example:
-he knows everyone’s birthday (and paints or draws them shit as gifts)
-he knows all their siblings’ names and ages
-he remembers what days everyone has exams on at the end of semesters and readies drinks in his fridge accordingly
-he makes note of the dates of Jehan’s flute recitals and makes sure the rest of the Amis know at least a week in advance too
-he reminds Bossuet to do pretty much everything since Bossuet’s memory is absolute shit
-he makes a point to remember all of Éponine’s work shifts so he knows when to drop by and check on her (and make sure she rests otherwise she’ll work herself off her feet)
-he knows Enjolras’ class schedule by heart, and on nights where Enj is so tired he passes out studying, R sets his alarm for him based on what time his first class is the next day
-my point is
-Grantaire remembers so much and is an amazing friend

“Enjolras, why couldn’t you stay calm for once?”


Happy Barricade Day, everyone! It’s the 6th, so I’m still in time as far as I’m concerned. Here’s a little animatic for Orestes Fasting and Pylades Drunk, done in a couple of days because consistent style and decent lighting are for the weak. 

Hope you enjoy it! 

[insp. and song : Defying Gravity from Wicked]

He repeated: “Long live the Republic!” crossed the room with a firm stride and placed himself in front of the guns beside Enjolras.

“Finish both of us at one blow,” said he.

And turning gently to Enjolras, he said to him:

“Do you permit it?”

Enjolras pressed his hand with a smile.

—  Pylades Drunk and Orestes Fasting
2

Mythology Meme -> Relationships -> Orestes & Pylades

Orestes was the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. He was still a child when Agamemnon sailed off to fight in the Trojan War and Clytemnestra took a lover, Aegisthus. For his own safety, Orestes was sent to live with his father’s old friend King Strophius of Phocis. 

Strophius raised Orestes with his own son, Pylades, and the two boys became close friends. When Agamemnon returned home, he was murdered by his wife and her lover. Years later, with support from Pylades, Orestes killed Clytemnestra and Aegisthus to avenge his father’s death.

The intense relationship between Orestes and Pylades was presented by some Greek writers as romantic. Pylades proved his loyalty in deeds by traveling with Orestes to share his troubles caused by persecution for his mother’s death. In turn, Orestes showed his devotion by his willingness to die in his friend’s place and declaring Pylades’ life as precious to him as his own.

Finally Orestes, embittered and disappointed with kin and kinship, philoi and philia, turns to his friend and co-murderer of Clytemnestra, Pylades, who himself has been rejected by kin, his father. The two friends now seek to reconstitute (with Electra) a new family, based not on blood but the spilling of blood. In a kind of manic elation, they throw off guilt and remorse and escape the sentence of death by acting out their own conflicts instead of continuing to suffer with them.
—  Mind and Madness in Ancient Greece, Bennett Simon

pilferingapples a réagi à votre billet “pilferingapples: @spacestationtrustfund replied to your post: …”

omg please write this

But what if, instead of just one, they were like ALL OF THEM AT ONCE, like

Enjolras refuses to fight on the barricades because the National Guard captured Prouvaire, so Grantaire steals the infamous xylophone vest and pretends to be him until he’s killed when he tries to climb a wall and fails (interestingly enough, Apollo features heavily in this situation), prompting Enjolras to come out from the Corinthe to fight until he’s shot in the foot by a National Guardsman

Grantaire and Enjolras inexplicably go on holiday to Egypt and Enjolras drowns

Grantaire gets TB but, while on the road to recovery, decides to celebrate his impending good health by hosting a feast where he eats an entire chicken and drinks a lot of wine (…he would probably do this okay), which causes him to die, and Enjolras is heartbroken and dies soon after

Enjolras is killed and Grantaire, who is inexplicably immortal (I blame Bahorel), decides to give Enjolras half of his immortality so that they can stay together forever

Grantaire gets the bright idea to sneak into the National Guards’ headquarters and steal their supplies, and somehow convinces Enjolras to come along with him; Enjolras gets caught and is killed and Grantaire, instead of running away and saving himself, allows himself to be caputured and executed as well

Things are going FINE until Enjolras decides that Grantaire should marry Enjolras’ sister

youtube

My Barricade Day project is murdering both me and my laptop, but you can watch me struggle with the Enjy bit.

Character: Grantaire

From: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Representation: LGBTQIA+, addiction, mental illness

Their Importance: Oh, Grantaire. Where to start with Grantaire? He’s a MLM, an addict, a sufferer of depression and in my heart the unquestionable winner of the Greatest Pre-20th Century Book Character (Who Appears In 20 Pages Or Less) Award.

So! A few paragraphs before we’re introduced to Grantaire we’re introduced to Enjolras, leader of the student revolutionaries and object of Grantaire’s affections. Hugo, god bless him, uses hundreds of words to tell us what the key deets are: Enjolras is HOT but SCARY and casts women aside with “astounding and terrible glance[s]”. Good to know!

Onto Grantaire. Take it away, Hugo:

However, this sceptic had one fanaticism. This fanaticism was neither a dogma, nor an idea, nor an art, nor a science; it was a man: Enjolras. Grantaire admired, loved, and venerated Enjolras.

[…]

There are men who seem to be born to be the reverse, the obverse, the wrong side. They are Pollux, Patrocles, Nisus, Eudamidas, Ephestion, Pechmeja. They only exist on condition that they are backed up with another man; their name is a sequel, and is only written preceded by the conjunction and; and their existence is not their own; it is the other side of an existence which is not theirs. Grantaire was one of these men. He was the obverse of Enjolras.

One might almost say that affinities begin with the letters of the alphabet. In the series O and P are inseparable. You can, at will, pronounce O and P or Orestes and Pylades.

Wondering who Orestes and Pylades are? These guys. Pay attention, that’ll be important later!

Anyway, for the next few chapters we get to know Grantaire even more. He’s very clearly an alcoholic (although the concept as we know it hadn’t really been invented back then) and also very clearly suffering from depression (ditto. Also, damn, does he talk about his depression the same way I think about mine.) Enjolras “disdains” him, largely because he can’t generally be trusted with simple tasks, and also because to be fair he can be a dick at times. But every time Grantaire looks at Enjolras it’s with “great gentleness” or something similar. IT’S SO SAD, BUT IT’S ABOUT TO GET SADDER.

Come the summer of 1832 the June Rebellion took place and seeing as Grantaire lives in a book literally called “the miserable” you can probably guess it doesn’t end well for him. BUT. Okay. As the student revolutionaries are taking their places at the barricades, Grantaire drinks so much he passes out, although not before Enjolras harshly tells him, “You are incapable of believing, of thinking, of willing, of living, and of dying.” (Woe.) So while Grantaire is out of it history takes its course and lovable revolutionary after lovable revolutionary is cut down until only Enjolras is left. BUT THEN:

The chapter where Enjolras and Grantaire die is called “Orestes Fasting [sober] and Pylades Drunk”. Enjolras is cornered in the room where Grantaire is waking up, about to be shot by a firing squad. Grantaire comes round and immediately realizes what’s happening. Let’s hear it, Hugo:

“Long live the Republic! I’m one of them.”

Grantaire had risen. The immense gleam of the whole combat which he had missed, and in which he had had no part, appeared in the brilliant glance of the transfigured drunken man.

He repeated: “Long live the Republic!” crossed the room with a firm stride and placed himself in front of the guns beside Enjolras.

“Finish both of us at one blow,” said he.

And turning gently to Enjolras, he said to him:

“Do you permit it?”

Enjolras pressed his hand with a smile.

This smile was not ended when the report resounded.

Anyway. Few things give me hope the same way Grantaire gives me hope.

I think he’s important largely because the force of his love for another man is what transforms him in the end, and gives him belief and power. It’s almost presented as something holy. Back in 1862! Well done, Victor Hugo. May you rest well in French Heaven.

Issues: Although many actors add their own longing looks etc to their Grantaires on stage (and George Blagden also did so in the 2012 movie) his story isn’t really included in the musical. Granted, this is probably because the average musical is only 165 minutes long.

Thank you to @sarah531 for the write up!


“Such love is always like that; for when from boyhood a serious love has grown up and it becomes adult at the age of reason, the long-loved object returns reciprocal affection, and it is hard to determine which is the lover of which, for-as from a mirror-the affection of the lover is reflected from the beloved.”

-The History of Orestes and Pylades from Amores, by Lucian, 2nd Century AD