A character can still be a great character without being a good person.
In fact, some of the best characters are terrible people.
Because a character’s worth should be based on how complex and interesting they are, not their morality if they were real.
1. Siblings Enjolras and Cosette
2. Marius is a booby
3. THEY WERE ALL NAMED JEAN
4. George Blagden is a gift from heaven
5. Javert can’t handle JV’s character development
6. Valjean is the epitome of character development
8. Gavroche was the most hardcore kid in 1800’s France
9. Les Amis are hot
10. Nobody hates Fantine. Nobody.
i love how the two most cited love stories of all time are romeo & juliet and titanic and they both involve teenagers who knew each other for less than a week
and Leonardo DiCaprio played the male lead in both them.
Without winning an oscar for either
somehow we always end up here
Raoul Week QOTD (from “The Enchanted Violin”):
One day, a young boy from the town was out with his governess and made her take a long walk, for he could not bring himself to leave the little girl whose voice, so sweet and pure, seemed to have enslaved him. In this way, they came to the shore of an inlet that is still called Trestraou. In those days, there was nothing there but the sky and the sea and the golden sand. And above all, there was a strong wind, which carried away Christine’s scarf into the sea. Christine let out a cry and reached out her arms, but the headscarf* was already far away upon the waves. Christine heard a voice which said to her:
"Don’t trouble yourself**, mademoiselle, I shall go collect your scarf from the sea."
And she saw a little boy running, running, despite the cries and indignant protestations of a respectable lady dressed all in black. The little boy went into the sea fully clothed and brought her scarf back to her. The little boy and the scarf were both in a fine state! The lady in black was unable to regain her composure, but Christine laughed heartily, and she gave the little boy a kiss. It was the Vicomte Raoul de Chagny.
* In this sentence, Leroux refers to Christine’s scarf not as “echarpe” (scarf), but as “voile” (veil, or headscarf), indicating that Christine’s scarf was used as a head covering instead of as a neck scarf as in the ALW musical. A headscarf or kerchief was often worn by Swedish girls and women in the 1800s and even into the 1900s, as in the artwork above by Anders Leonard Zorn.
** redeaths, Raoul uses the formal “vous” form to address Christine. Such a polite young man! :D
Fun coincidence: In some areas of Sweden, it was costum for a man to give his bride such a headscarf on their wedding day!
How interesting! I wonder if Leroux knew of this? Even if he didn’t, Raoul returning Christine’s headscarf still bears significance.
Though I support this interpretation, I can’t help but thinking “voile” might be just as much a reference to the material used? That the “voile” was some sort of drape made of a sheer fabric?
I know Daddy Daaé and Christine played Swedish peasants in Bretagne, traveling around and performing for people like they had done in Sweden. But at the same time, it sounds strangely old fashioned that Christine would wear a head scarf in Swedish manner. Even in Sweden it would be considered fairly rural and something you’d be more likely to see on elder (married) women than on young girls. Christine, being unmarried and having lived in Paris for some time, doesn’t seem like a likely headscarf wearing candidate.
I will not Lerouxify the 2004 movie, but this came to mind:
“Just so everyone is aware, there is a bunch of misleading info being spread around re: ALS research - the “27%” figure is based on previous years’ annual funding; furthermore, the remainder goes to improving the quality of life of those suffering from ALS. Given that the annual funding is approximately 16M, that’s just over 4M spent on decreasing their suffering. It isn’t greed, it’s a lack of money.”
Shut up already.
And the next time you start to complain about a charity either a) working on multiple fronts (because that’s what ALSA does—both seeking a cure and helping people suffering now) or b) daring to have administration expenses—let’s see how long you can last, much less tackle a cause, without printer paper and an internet connection.
As someone who has watched a family member die from a neuro-degenerative disease; funding to develop better wheelchairs and bedsore creams is *just* as important as funding research to cure the disease itself…
A friend of mine posted an update from one of HER friends to FB earlier. Her dad has ALS. The ALS foundation came out to see if they could put in a ramp for his wheelchair, but they couldn’t afford it because of the kind of ramp he needed for the kind of house they had.
This week they called back and said hey, the thing is, we suddenly have a bunch of money, so we’re coming out to build that ramp. And they did. She posted pics.
So if you feel like bitching about the ice bucket challenge…reconsider.