the two most unimpressed Jedi in the galaxy. Everyone was surprised, and Qui-Gon looks over at Obi-Wan like he just won a bet as to how long she would keep the charade going.
#this is exactly what it looks like though #obi-wan’s like ‘damn just lost twenty credits’ #and qui-gon just looks at him like #‘does obi-wan realize- yep obi-wan realizes’ #‘twenty credits for me yay ’#i wonder if obi-wan got to hand over those twenty credits before qui-gon died #OH NO NOW I’M SAD
Something I love about Victor Hugo’s characterization of Les Amis is his knowledge and use of the social and cultural context in which Les Amis were living. Enjolras’ politics couldn’t have developed at all before the end of the Thirty Years’ War, full-stop. Feuilly’s politics couldn’t have developed before the end of the Thirty Years’ War, because before that point, there was no sense of nationhood as we know it now.
Grantaire’s boxing is not just some sport, randomly chosen, to round out Grantaire’s character. Boxing was a relatively inexpensive and new sport in the nineteenth century that served as an example of the “commercialization of leisure.” It had begun in the villages, and only recently evolved into a competitive sport with stringent rules.
Joly’s declaration that “man is a magnet, like the needle,” is not some random “cute” thing Joly’s come up with. The idea that man was like a magnet was a popular theory among urban elites in the eighteenth and early nineteenth-century. Jehan’s romanticism is in line with his time, and he’s perhaps even a little ahead.
Who’s the total hipster? Jehan’s the total hipster.
Props to Victor Hugo for his meticulous use of detail in his characterization of Les Amis. Nothing is random. Every detail tells you something about the characters. Everything is set to depict Les Amis in a very particular social and cultural context.