It’s nice to see you trying something new! I don’t think I’ve ever seen you tackle portraiture before. :D
Ah, thanks! I tried an earlier installment, but deleted that horrow. It’s obvious I need the practice, so I’m sorry I didn’t get to do a more fniished piece— but I think I’ll try andget it more recognizable, later?
AS SOMETIMES HAPPENS I am overcome with love for my fandom and am wanting to talk to more of you than Tumblr allows. If anyone’s up for Skype Party, I will be throwing open the chats! Y’all who’ve been there know how this goes. Les Mis, random topics, and ABSOLUTELY NO PANTS BUSINESS THANK YOU.
pilfering.apples, give me a beep if you’re about and I’ll tag you in to the chat!
Brick Club, 1.8.3 — “Javert Satisfied.”
First, I’d like to introduce myself; I’m Murf, and this is my first post to the Brick Club. I’m in for the long haul, however, and am excited to finally have people to discuss this in-depth with.
Now, on to the chapter. Of course, the major thing here is Javert. If I hadn’t already been ferociously taken by him as a character in the movie and the musical, I would have fallen head over heels during this chapter — which has actually made itself evident as my favorite.
Javert, with his one askew buckle and his brilliant, terrible joy, is a vision in these words. Just, from a visual perspective alone, I can see him, in the doorway, in ways that I can’t really see Valjean or Fantine. Of course previous description helps, but dear God, the way he just…allow me to cry out “favorite non-Ami!” in a little haste, because I don’t think I’m going to like — on a “oh, you are a brilliant, brilliant character” level — more than this “monstrous St. Michael.”
Because of course Michael has pride — as Lucifer’s opposite and equal, he must have equal pride. But his fault lies not in taking too much pride in himself, but too much pride in his duty. For Javert, we’ll find it an equal sin — at least in his own mind, anyway, eventually.
I have to admit I have a real weakness for the proud and wayward — Supernatural’s Castiel in Season 6, Lucifer in most of his depictions, among others…It’s also why I like villains as much as I do. Pride might actually be the “sin” I’m most fascinated by, now that I really consider it. And that pride in Javert is particularly awesome (in the classical sense).
I also love the explicit comparison with Saint Michael, because my knowledge of Enjolras (gleaned from about seven different musical bootlegs, the movie, and excerpts from the brick) really makes me look at Enjolras as a sort of young Lucifer — prideful, going against the established order, beautiful, charismatic, falling and dying in a magnificent way…I’m not sure the comparison will hold once I get to the Amis, but so far, it makes me happy in my heart to have this comparison to hold on to.
So, yeah. Those are my four a.m. emotions about Javert. Whoops.
Welcome, welcome! This is one HECK of an intro post!
LOOK AT ALL THIS ANGEL STUFF OKAY JAVERT IS MICHAEL I’M CONVINCED
but oh wow
if you like Angel Symbolism you are gonna have SUCH A FIELD DAY when we actually get to Enjolras, Lucifer he ain’t, but there are so many OTHER halos on that boy’s head, I can hardly wait to see your analysis. Which isn’t to say the Amis don’t have their proud destroyer, but that’s another guy…
Brick!Club 1.8.3 Javert Satisfied
Now we get the flashback to what happened though it’s pretty clear. Javert got the news that Madeleine confessed to being Valjean and is here to arrest him. It took him less than five hours to get back to M-sur-M from Arras since he took the mail wagon and it’s a good, thing, too. If it had taken another fifteen he would have been arrested before he made it to Fantine’s side. I wonder what was in that letter. Maybe something saying he was abruptly going to take all of his fortune away so be ready?
The district attorney was not happy his case had been ruined and tried to deny everything. The defense counsel was horribly unprepared and incompetent but managed to cobble together a shoddy speech and the judge allowed the fact he was a royalist and Valjean mentioned the Emperor to sway his decision and he sided with the defense so the jury threw the case out. They didn’t seem to really address the actual crime he was on trial for but the case there didn’t seem like it was ever very strong.
I am curious about The Napoleon Thing— is it just that Valjean is basically apolitical and massively out of touch? Does he like Napoleon BECAUSE he was in prison most of the time, and missed the various shifts of opinion? Because Napoleon gave the Bishop his seat?
PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE THINGS, surely you are out there— is there some reason an ex-con/businessman/Valjean would prefer an Emperor to a King, besides that it helps turn the plot in the right direction?
Overall, it doesn’t seem like the prosecution OR defense were really all that strong in the Champmathieu case- small wonder since they were really there for the Valjean case, and both seemed to take it all as a chance for rhetoric practice rather than a cause or a person’s life to address. BUT WE ARE DONE WITH THE TRIAL AND I MISSED IT so I will skip those topics.
oops accidental supernatural au’s? and ranting about religious mythology
edit: I tripped and suddenly archangel!javert so
…Let it be known that I am a sucker for ludicrous religious imagery, too.
But Javert CAN’T be Michael, right? We have a Michael?
(or is this all talked about a lot in the many many notes here? Probably yea.)