The big “stage” set up at the end of “Les Miserables: From Page to Stage" - set up as the Musain. Extracts from the 25 anniversary concert play on the screen…there’s a simulatd orchestra pit in front (elsewhere they have a "costume room" with props - I loved the drawer labelled spare gun bits) and Cosette’s dressing room. Also rather cute that they have cut-outs for photographs as Eponine and Gavroche in front.
Rue Plumet “set” at Les Miserables: From Page to Stage (complete with Cosette modelling what seems to be a bit of a Directoire/Empire throwback outfit). It’s set up to take photographs in costumes, thus the benches for you to sit on.
Factory worker, Jean-Jean the Sexy Con and Cosette in the background, Les Miserables: From Page to Stage exhibition.
Didn’t get that message. I’m afraid I don’t have many more pictures other than those I’ve posted - just more of my S-i-L and I goofing around in costumes. Photography was only permitted in the final section of the exhibition - the stage sets/costumes - so I don’t have any photos of the MS, Hugo’s paintings, the first editions, his quills etc…Some are illustrated in the catalogue. I’ll post the couple of photos of the sets I do have.
Errrrr…..I have no idea what you’re talking about, anon? What ask am I ignoring?
Following on from epically-scottish-big-b’s amazing Combeferre reproduction…here’s my c.1830 tailcoat (the oldest piece of clothing in my collection). The similarity in detail is striking!
This is absolutely remarkable and your talents are formidable! It really has the feel of a c.1830 taicoat…I have one and it looks nearly identical from the back.
The dummy this is sat on is like 3 sizes smaller than me cause its fitted to little b’s measurements while I make xyr Enjolas stuff so it doesn’t look the best on here… still
Here is the tailcoat ALMOST done. I’m being really lazy with the last sleeve, I just cant be assed to sew it together and then do the cuffs and just *heavy sigh*
This is 100% hand stitched and done largely as it would have been in the 1800’s (there were a couple of places I got really confused and went “Well no we aren’t doing that”)
But yeah… the pride and Joy of my Combeferre cosplay? almost done.
It’s looking so great! Can’t wait to see the whole outfit!
I agree with you that I am extrapolating quite a bit what what information we have - unfortunately, we can only go on what we see in the text, and aside from the couple of establishing scenes at the Musain, the only sightings we have of the Amis are at moments of tension and high revolutionary activity, when they all have to be at maximum engagement. We don’t necessarily see how they might behave at times when the pressures of their political engagement are slacker (they’re always present, but they ebb and flow - “Enjolras and his Lieutenants” is set at a time when tensions are rising, for example).
the dynamic between enjolras and grantaire is ridiculously one-sided, unhealthy, and emotionally abusive, yet it’s the most glorified ship in the entire fandom. hm.
(i was gonna send u an ask, but, u don’t have your ask box open & since u tagged this as the characters & the ship name i’m assuming u want a response.)
a lot of people (like me!) ship it in a way where its requited and happy! Instead of shipping what actually happened in canon, (which wasn’t healthy) we take the canon grantaire (pining and thinking he isn’t good enough - depression and alcoholism and a bad family does a lot to your self esteem tbh) and have enjolras love him, in a healthy requited way. Some fics actually go out of the way to point out how R’s hero worship is bad, others take it out of the equation entirely.
You’re right in the sense that some ppl who ship it do ship the emotionally abusive one sided canon, but, most don’t.
so, yeah, u are sort of right, but, also really not right tbh
(sorry about that, i didn’t realize it was closed. i tagged with the names for my own organization and blacklisting purposes.)
i get what you’re saying, and i don’t have anything against people who ship it or really the ship itself, but the fact of the matter is that they do canonly have a very toxic, emotionally abusive relationship. just because people may write fics and ship it with headcanons where it’s healthy and requited doesn’t change that. even then, there are still plenty of people who romanticize enjolras’ abusive attitude towards grantaire, as well as grantaire’s unhealthy fixation with enjolras (and his alcoholism and coded mental illness, but that’s another can of worms).
until their deaths, enjolras does nothing but insult, berate, and tell grantaire how useless he is. fluffy headcanons don’t change that. the fandom needs to be more honest in how they portray the ship instead of making it be something that it’s not.
I have to disagree with how you characterise their canon relationship here, and particularly how you’ve characterised Enjolras - I hope you don’t mind me discussing why, as I see this come up quite often and I disagree vehemently. Enjolras is hardly “abusive” - he rejects Grantaire’s approaches because he’s not interested in his cynicism and does not accept his frequent intoxication, but it is untrue to say he does nothing but “insult, berate, and tell grantaire how useless he is.”
Enjolras not only tolerates Grantaire’s presence in the cafe - in spite of the fact that Grantaire avowedly does not believe in their cause and does obnoxious things like sing royalist ditties to try and annoy the Amis - he does not interfere in his rants, and lets him monologue at will…when Grantaire is not actively interfering with revolutionary business. The only times we Enjolras trying to shut Grantaire down is when Grantaire is interposing himself in their republican activities. Given that R disavows any interest in their cause, and is shown to be actively disruptive at the barricades, this is neither surprising nor even ‘abusive’. They are engaged in dangerous activities, and Grantaire’s shenanigans are out of place.
Enjolras despises the drunkard and detests the cynic, but not the man. You can hate the addiction but not hate the individual. Speaking as someone who has dealt with substance abusers in my close group who I loved very much (and who personally struggles with alcohol and depression related issues), I can tell you I hated the junkie and loved the person. Neither Hugo nor Enjolras are going to have our contemporary understanding of substance abuse. In the best of all possible worlds today, you could try to get (but couldn’t impose) treatment for an addict. In 1832, that wasn’t an option. Enjolras has someone who has attached himself to their group but not their cause, and who has problems, and who can be disruptive…and who is overly attached to him personally. And while he doesn’t understand and has no common ground with Grantaire, he does not eject him from their meetings - on the contrary.
In spite of his behaviour, Enjolras does trust Grantaire - he allows Grantaire access to an important, pivotal meeting. In a time when all that it would take would be for R to go to the police, or inadvertently mention their activities to the wrong person while under the influence, to see them all rounded up, Enjolras still gives him a place at their meeting. And when Grantaire asks for a chance to assist them, Enjolras is hesitant (no surprise, given at that point he has disavowed their cause for years). And Grantaire is hardly grovelling or tentative in Enjolras’ presence - he calls him ungrateful. How does Enjolras respond? Is he offended? Nope - he gives Grantaire the chance he asks for.
Grantaire’s fixation on Enjolras is possibly not entirely healthy, but that is not Enjolras’ fault. Enjolras is no way obligated to return R’s feelings. And I think it should be remembered that it’s not just Enjolras that makes him happy - it’s being with all the Amis. Because in their presence, he becomes someone again. And neither Enjolras nor his friends block his access to their group. Indeed, as I said, Enjolras sits quietly by while Grantaire monologues and does not seek to impede his behaviour.
I believe passionately that Enjolras gets far too much stick for his supposedly “abusive” behaviour towards Grantaire, when in fact he shows a higher level of tolerance than could reasonably expected of a man running a revolutionary cell towards a man who has attached himself to their group in spite of the fact he has no engagement with their cause and actively rejects the beliefs that are central to who Enjolras is. I also believe there are subtle textual indicators that their relationship is more complex than one-way adoration (the subject of another post).
I love, love, looove the last bit of commentary—particularly the parts about how Grantaire has motivations outside of Enjolras, and how Enjolras isn’t obligated to return any of Grantaire’s feelings, because WOW, failure to recognize those two very important facts is one of the main reasons I am not overly keen on that ship.
That said, I don’t know if I agree that Enjolras gets Good Dude points for allowing Grantaire to yammer on? We only see Grantaire monologue uninterrupted on two occasions: once at the Musain when he rants about history, and once at the Corinth when he rants about revolution. During the first, there are multiple unrelated conversations happening at once; some groups are talking politics, but then you’ve got Bahorel telling Joly to buy tight pants. The second occurs when he, Joly, and Bossuet are all playing hooky from Lemarque’s funeral, so Enjolras isn’t even there to take offense. Hugo tells us that Grantaire mocks everything the others believe in, but there’s no indication that he actually disrupts meetings or pushes his points with the intent of conversion. (Or that he argues with Enjolras, favored ship trope though it is).
Plus, Grantaire lives by the Musain and is the one who discovered the Corinth in the first place, so it’s not like Enjolras can kick him out of the establishments themselves. HOWEVER, that they even meet at the Corinth to begin with shows tolerance (and trust!) on Enjolras’ part. Why let the group shift to Grantaire’s new hangout at all if he wanted Grantaire to go away forever?
I suppose my comments are a reaction to the claim I often see that Enjolras shuts down Grantaire when he’s talking when…no, really, in the only time we see them outside moments of imminent pressure, Enjolras no more shuts down Grantaire than he shuts down Joly and Bahorel talking about tight pants. He might have no interest in what Grantaire is rambling about, any more than he is interested in the play that a couple of Amis are devising in another corner, but because there is no immediate revolutionary business to hand, he’s not going to impose his will on Grantaire and try to silence him, any more than he does another of the Amis. The only times we really do actually see him quelching (or trying to quelch) R are when Grantaire is actively interposing himself in their Republican activities - when he volunteers himself at the meeting to allocate specific revolutionary activities (and Enjolras seems just more completely confused and “you can’t be serious” than anything else, because at that time they’ve known each other for years, Grantaire has no interest in their cause, and then suddenly he’s asking to be delegated a task. He seems to assume this is Grantaire taking his amusement again at their expense, but after Grantaire switches from being a bit on the servile side to having a swipe at Enjolras for being ungrateful, he changes his mind). I see Enjolras not shutting people down as a general point against Martinet!Enjolras, who is out to spoil everyone’s non-Revolutionary fun and shut down anything that’s not on-mission.
I agree with your point on Enjolras not shifting venues and excluding Grantaire from at least the Corinthe meetings that way. While he might not be able to kick R from the premesis, he could choose another location (as a side note, I love the idea that Enjolras is going along with a venue found by R and obviously more up Courfeyrac’s alley - thus the comment ‘Courfeyrac and his friends’ rather than ‘Enjolras and his friends’…yet again, Enjolras is delegating and trusting his friends). Enjoras probably could exclude him from the back room of the Musain where private meetings take place, where we see their early scenes, if he wanted to do so, as that is more a private space as opposed to the general public space of front room. But…he evidenty doesn’t. On the contrary, while they’re having their sekkrit revolutionary business meetings, Grantaire has a front row seat.