slaves of the ordinary

To believe that one should be happy just to be alive, despite leading a hideous existence, is to think like a slave; to think that it is pleasant to have an ordinary and comfortable life…People squirm in agitation before a dark wall and dream about buying washing machines and television sets; they anxiously look to tomorrow, even though it will bring nothing.
—  Yukio Mishima

Laurent knows.

And I’ll tell you why. This is in the first chapter of Captive Prince when Laurent first sees Damen. Look at his reaction.

Now if Damen was just an ordinary Akielos ‘slave’ then why would Laurent stop dead, face turning white upon seeing him. Laurent being Laurent probably wouldn’t give this reaction if it was any other Akielon, but this is Damen, the man who killed Laurent’s brother so this reaction makes the most sense, especially because he covered it up straight away. Also a few pages later Laurent purposely gets a rise out of Damen as seen below.

“So the country will be ruled by a bastard and a whore.” Damen’s pretty crap at keeping his cool and I swear he gives himself away at least half a dozen times throughout the series, but yes, Laurent got the rise out of Damen, which is exactly what he wanted because he knows exactly who Damen is. I’ll eat my hat if he doesn’t. There’s like a billion other reasons that could prove this and when I finish re-reading the books, I’m going to make a dot point list of each incident that suggests Laurent knows!

This time I’m taking it slow, absorbing each and every detail unlike my previously rushed and excited binge on the trilogy. I guess all shall be revealed in just under two weeks with Kings Rising. I’m going to die.

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
—  Cecil Beaton