Ah thank you!
Joly and Courfeyrac were friends from the start–of course they were, who wouldn’t be friends with Joly or Courfeyrac?– but they actually had a rough patch right at first, though you’d have to have known them both well to realize it was a rough patch, because hey, they got along, they had fun, they never minded each other’s company…but there were a few awkward lags in conversation, the odd joke failed between them, just all kinds of little missed conversational exchanges and moments that didn’t quite sync. And it drove them both up the wall, because hey, they liked the other person! That was clearly a good friendly person! He was friends with their friends! What is going on.