winter lives in my bones
stylistically inconsistent drawings of enjolras: the blog
I first read “Ninety-Three” last summer, this will be my second time reading it through. I’ve skipped to some of the more interesting parts in between (like when the club was announced), but there are a lot of long digressions that…
Expanding on primeideal’s point, everything that really matters in this novel flows from the act of mercy depicted in this chapter. Robert Louis Stevenson, in his spoiler-filled essay Victor Hugo’s Romances, suggests the main character of the novel is effectively a moral dilemma: “It is a novel built upon “a sort of enigma,” which was at that date laid before revolutionary France….That enigma was this: “Can a good action be a bad action? Does not he who spares the wolf kill the sheep?” This question, as I say, meets with one answer after another during the course of the book, and yet seems to remain undecided to the end.”
Some of the main themes are the power and limits of utilitarianism as a moral philosophy, and the consequences of mercy. If evil flows from a good act, does that condemn the act itself? Is the act morally necessary whatever the consequences?
The question of 1793 and the Terror is whether or not a bad act may be necessary to produce good, and whether such acts can ever be justified. The question of Ninety-Three is the complement to that, the reverse.
The first chapter sets up this debate. Remember as we read through the book, that much of it would not have happened if the troops had not adopted Michelle and her kids. If they’d passed her by, or if they’d shot her.
Jane Eyre (2011)
Icon set! To be used wherever square icons would be handy! Captions fer the readin’ if you click through.
Also, the whole set as a print is up at my Etsy shop! Which is a thing that exists, and I should probably mention it once in a while! CONSIDER IT SO MENTIONED.
I don’t usually like to reblog my own work so quickly, but TAMARA YOUR TAGS HELP XD
I love how we’ve just agreed that The Hair is a related, attached, but distinct entity from Enjolras himself.Did it find him? Evolve, along with his own sense of the Ideal? MYSTERIES ABOUND.
(also yes, you and I must never change our avatars. It would destroy the delicate balance of SOMEthing.)
Apparently this whole chapter is just about Boisberthelot and La Vieuville makin’ me hate them. I mean, WOW. There are few paths out of my heart faster than talking smack about other people being Less People than you, and HERE THEY GO FOR PAGES, and oh wow also they just can’t wait to find someone BRUTAL ENOUGH for this war against their own countrypeople, and also, vitally, not an icky peasant, I mean OBVIOUSLY, ew. PEASANTS AMIRITE.
I am…actually not going to try and piece together all the names they’re throwing around? I’m CERTAIN they’re relevant to the story in some way, everything Hugo adds to his stories is relevant SOME way, but I don’t know how much, and that kind of reference-mining is, for me, very much a second-read sort of endeavor.
But I do notice that beside/along with their snotty Ugh Peasants attitude, the Captain and the Lieutenant are (a) very set on restoring an order that puts them above others, and enforces a role on others that they have *violently rejected and (b) judging the actions of people in situations they actually aren’t personally familiar with. And while the Republican army may have sort of drafted Michelle into citizenhood, that was an expression of equality and solidarity, in a very immediate and practical sense— it was totally a Share Your/Our Fate moment, and they were risking a fair amount to make that statement, and will be risking more to stand by it. And that ties into the second thing going on in the conversation here: the ship’s officers aren’t cowards, or armchair soldiers ( I loathe their philosophy, but they are doing some stone-hard scary stuff here with their stealth mission), but they’re also not in the thick of the fighting. They’re at sea; to some extent what’s happening in Brittany and the Vendee is theoretical for them. And in that remove, they’re calling for more blood, less mercy. The soldiers, who actually ARE in the fight, in an up close and personal way, take the first chance they find to show mercy, to have LESS blood, to be compassionate fools by the officers’ thinking. I’m not sure if that’s leading to a larger point (it’s Hugo, so PROBABLY, but I don’t know what) but in the moment it’s a very sharp point of contrast.
But OH LOOK there’s about to be some mighty excitement on board ship! I hope it’s an explosion.
Another doodle of Joly wearing batman pajamas. Also he has whipped cream on the nose/mouth. And a chalkboard mug (Bossuet wrote a little something for him) because it’s very cool.
Ms Hudson is concerned the winter has been unduly harsh on him, so she knitted him several turtle cozies. I find them amusing to look at — thought it’d be a nice way to wake up.
The Trial of Gracchus Babeuf
Chocolate bars are getting pretty exciting.
These are some very Shatnerian death scenes.
Jehan and Feuilly, since they’re the last of the barricade boys I hadn’t drawn yet. Plus Bahorel. One day I’ll post something better than messy sketches again.
thanks to Evan I can no longer enjoy The Song of Achilles playlists because none of them are titled The Songs of Achilles