Les Amis and Family background


A quick rundown of what we know about Amis and their families, book-canon specific, for people looking for fic reference! 

Standard disclaimer: this is a reference, not a rulebook. Use it if it’s useful for you, ignore it if it isn’t!

Most of it’s from 3.4.1:

Their politics have nothing to do with their parents at all, in any direction:

“According to the flesh, their fathers were, or had been, Feuillants, Royalists, Doctrinaires; it hardly mattered; this earlier hurly-burly had nothing to do with them.”  (FMA translation).

(according to the flesh=their biological fathers, not metaphorical, philosophical,etc)

Enjolras and Prouvaire are wealthy and only children

Courfeyrac avoids using the de  that’s part of his family name, and which has traditionally indicated some kind of aristocracy (think Marquis de Lafayette)

Feuilly’s parents are either dead or totally vanished

Bossuet’s father is dead; very likely his mother too; he’s gotten and lost his inheritance already

Bahorel’s managed to get his parents’ respect, somehow, and : “He said of them: ‘They are peasants and not bourgeois; which explains their intelligence.’ “

Later, in Preliminary Gayeties, we have Grantaire claiming his father despised him because Grantaire is bad at math. There’s no way of knowing how accurate this is; all the above claims about the other Amis’ folks are bolstered by the narration in some way, but we only have Grantaire’s word on the math thing, and he’s an arguably unreliable narrator at the point where he says it. But there it is! 

And that’s it! Let me know if anyone needs specific quotes, wants more era reference, possible Real History background info on anything, etc. 


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