jehan’s aesthetic: watching the sunrise because he loves the suddenness of it. the heavens were dark and enchanting in their voidness an hour ago, and are now bright and full of life.
combeferre’s aesthetic: watching the sunrise because there’s coffee running in his veins and words scrambling in his head that he has to get out until he’s filled twenty pages.
“it suited him better to bring the human race into accord with its destiny gradually, by means of education, the inculcation of axioms, the promulgation of positive laws; and, between two lights, his preference was rather for illumination than for conflagration. A conflagration can create an aurora, no doubt, but why not await the dawn?”