rheintochter: Liechtenstein wearing a small crown and a robe (canon art) (Principality)
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September is a quiet month at home for a nation as small as Liechtenstein. No elections, no particular public events, nothing major for which her boss might need her presence. The summer hikers have gone home; the winter skiers won't arrive for a few months yet. Most of Europe is back at work after the easier days of August. And as nearly all of her friends and family have far busier schedules than she does, she doesn't feel a hint of guilt for slipping away for a quiet hour or two at the bar.

Which is not to say that she doesn't keep occupied with work. In her sewing basket are several of her socks and stockings that need either darning or reinforcing. She has an armchair a slight distance from the fire, and with her sewing and a light snack of a sliced apple and tea, she almost seems to radiate a sense of industrious domesticity amidst the bustle of the bar.

(She may be keeping an eye out for someone. It's hard to tell, because at the moment she seems to be wholly occupied in repairing a worn-down heel.)

Date: 2013-09-12 04:11 pm (UTC)
pro_patria_mortuus: (les amis de l'abaissé)
From: [personal profile] pro_patria_mortuus
She is no historian, no radical, no misérable 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.

"Yes."

"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.

Date: 2013-09-30 04:51 am (UTC)
pro_patria_mortuus: (les amis de l'abaissé)
From: [personal profile] pro_patria_mortuus
He hesitates a moment, but then answers readily enough.

"We met in Paris. Many of us were university students there. The cause was what drew us most truly together into friendship."

This is not entirely true for every member of the society. All of them believed fervently, but some were perfectly and cheerfully capable of friendship without shared political convictions at the root, or friendship in which political convictions were accepted as a given but rarely discussed. Enjolras, however, is not.

Date: 2013-10-02 03:56 am (UTC)
pro_patria_mortuus: (here upon these stones)
From: [personal profile] pro_patria_mortuus
It's a peculiar turn of phrase, particularly for a sister speaking of her brother. He doesn't comment immediately, but he notes it.

"It isn't that. But it's difficult to begin, when speaking of so many superlative men. And you will understand why I'm reluctant to speak of certain details." Or will she? This young bourgeoise mademoiselle from an era of peaceful republics, with her blithe confidence that of course all citizens deserve equality? "Under the monarchy, our activities and beliefs were quite illegal."

"There are always those who prefer apathy or idleness. I have never understood it. Perhaps in the future, there will be a time when it's defensible: when societies have made such progress as to eliminate miseries, oppression, slavery, ignorance of basic education, disease, in that happy future there may indeed be no need of passion for a cause. But not until then. France is too great -- humanity is too great -- for apathy to be conscionable while the people suffer."

Date: 2013-10-08 04:31 am (UTC)
pro_patria_mortuus: (time for us all to decide who we are)
From: [personal profile] pro_patria_mortuus
"In that case, you don't speak of overwhelming passion," Enjolras points out.

This seems self-evident to him, although in fact others might disagree.

"If they have passion, it will lead them to act. You mean those who are overwhelmed by the world, or by choices."

That's a state of being Enjolras both doesn't comprehend, and disdains. To be overwhelmed by fear, by pain, by the misery of poverty -- well, he's never felt that, he doesn't fully understand it, but he can encompass the thought, he can allow for it, and the right to freedom from such misery is at the root of their fight. But to have the leisure and the resources to effect change, and to be unable to bring oneself to take useful steps towards that goal: that he can't understand.

(Hi, Grantaire.)

Date: 2013-10-09 04:27 am (UTC)
pro_patria_mortuus: (guide and chief)
From: [personal profile] pro_patria_mortuus
Enjolras, sad to say, doesn't much notice. He's accustomed to men who wrangle tirelessly for hours and entertain themselves thereby. He's not accustomed to women who do so, but he's not accustomed to speaking to women at all, or paying attention to their moods; and he has missed decent conversation, here in this bar full of strangers from strange worlds.

"Conflagration?"

He can't help but miss Combeferre. A dozen times a day, he can't help that.

"Very well. It's a fear that's warranted, under certain circumstances. But the opposite of fire is to freeze."

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