It would take a rather long time for Feuilly to warm up to Grantaire and for them to genuinely become friends. Discuss?
Yeah, I agree. I mean, not only are they very VERY different but they also come from such different backgrounds. And Feuilly cares about things SO MUCH. And is SO COMMITTED to doing things. It’s a lot like Enjolras and Grantaire, really? A similar problem, I mean. (Although there are differences too, of course; Feuilly and Enjolras aren’t exactly the same.)
I feel that a lot too! I have a lot of headcanons about Feuilly and Grantaire’s friendship and I’d be so happy to talk about them!
I think they would definitely argue a lot at first – no only do they come from different backgrounds but they have such different perspectives, too! Feuilly’s pretty much dedicated his entire life to other people, to change, to freedom and equality; seriously, the guy learned to read and write by himself to give himself a tool to fight for his freedom and others’. He’s defined himself on that – maybe not entirely, but enough. So Grantaire’s hopelessness and fear and cynicism is basically attacking what’s the most important to him. I think Feuilly wouldn’t have much patience for that.
Their point of views are just very hard to reconcile; I think Grantaire would be somewhat jealous of Feuilly, too. He’d see Feuilly, a guy who never had much of anything at all, whose life, on paper, sucks more than Grantaire’s, but who succeeds where Grantaire has failed before and keeps failing. At staying motivated, at finding enthusiasm for learning and fighting for something. Grantaire has no idea what he’d do if he had to live like Feuilly does – he doesn’t know if he’d be strong enough to get up every day and face the world and work while hoping for something better. He wouldn’t be able to get Enjolras’ respect the way Feuilly does.
(and Feuilly gets angry at that, too, because he has nothing Grantaire should be jealous about – he’s not admirable, he’s not hard-working by choice. He does what he does because he has to. Has to work, otherwise his body will starve. Has to fight and learn and hope, because otherwise his mind and soul will starve.)
… it takes a while for them to understand each other, ah. I wonder who would make the first move towards at least getting along a little better? but once they do, once they both see where the other is coming from a little better, they’re the kind of friends who don’t care if they disagree – they’ll argue over and over again but be super protective of each other.