- Danielle Marie
- 17 years old
- Born and raised in London, England
- Not your average cabbage
- Obsessed with anime, bands, youtubers and fictional dead French people ^_^
You guys wanna know what makes me really sad though? In the Epilogue, during the line ‘we will put away the sword’ the camera is on Combeferre. It’s just sad because he really just joined the revolution because of the peace he thought would come afterwards, but he was really against violence. Anyway.
My sister thinks that I (aged 16) would be the oldest person there besides parents. Prove her wrong?
in england we don’t say “i love you,” instead we’ve built an entire culture around being repressed where expressing your feelings is extremely frowned upon and i think that’s why we drink so much.
I just wanna hit Marius on the head. Like Eponine just died for him. He told her if he could, he would heal her wounds with words of love. And in the same night, he starts grieving for Cosette and how he cannot live anymore because she’s going across the sea. I’m like BITCH YOUR BEST FRIEND JUST DIED. WHAT KIND OF BEST FRIEND ARE YOU KSRHGFBASRHJLFBSRK
Repeat after me, slowly:
Eponine. Is not. Marius’ best friend.
(I think that, uh, honor would go to Courfeyrac or something?)
Her fate is tragic and she’s redeemed somewhat by dying for Marius, but a) Marius is totally oblivious to her love, because she never tells him [except in the book, in which she tells him that she was “a little bit in love with” him just before she dies.]. And b) the musical paints Eponine’s actions as 100% selfless, which they are not.
I don’t want to seem as if I’m putting down Eponine, or trying to crush opinions NOT based on the brick, but really - she’s an awesome, selfish, morally corrupt character [“I’m not an angel, I’m the devil.”] In the book, Marius meets Eponine WELL AFTER he sees Cosette and starts falling in love with her. I don’t know why they changed this in the musical to make it seem as though Marius and Eponine were friends, but they were not. Poor Eponine is surprised that he even remembered her name the second time they met. Doesn’t really sound like friendship to me (and to be honest, even though this sucks ass, Marius probably would not be friends with a lower-class girl who was the daughter of a criminal anyway). Literally the second thing Marius and Eponine ever do in terms of interacting with each other is her showing him where Cosette lives.
Marius is not really a revolutionary the way Les Amis are. Eponine TAKES HIM TO THE BARRICADE in the book. She wants to die, and she wants Marius to die with her. She takes the bullet for him so she can be waiting for him in heaven. She’s got a lot of problems, and I can’t blame her for wanting to get her extreme poverty and parental abuse. She’s mentally not all there, anyway. But her actions were not selfless; she brought Marius to the barricade to die, she took the bullet hoping that he would die soon afterwards, and since Marius had already known Cosette for months at that point, of course he’s upset.
But even in the context of the musical - he’s IN LOVE with this girl. He would be upset regardless, especially given Marius’ personality. Please don’t demean their love just because it happened too quickly for your taste. Love is love is love. In the words of Victor Hugo, “to love or have loved, that is enough.”