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Blossoming on the young Rhine
2013-09-12 04:11 pm (UTC)
She is no historian, no radical, no
driven by oppression and poverty to activism; she is a well-bred young lady of means, with her sewing basket and her little industries and courtesies. And yet she says, so simply and easily, that any nation's people should of course be free and equal.
Enjolras is struck once again with this truth: the future is blessed. The future is happy.
All they suffered, all their deaths, were worthwhile, to bring about a future in which the least political of citizens takes republican rights for granted.
"Though not all who fought were. An insurrection -- indeed, any drive towards change -- must have both organization and spontaneity. But yes, I had the honor of knowing many brave and good men, patriots all, who shared my belief in republican ideals, and who gave not only their deaths but their lives to our cause."
He will not name them to a stranger; habit holds, even here where there are unlikely to be police spies who can do anything about loose words. But he will very gladly speak of his friends in all other ways.
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