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“We praise people for being “naturally” smart, too, “naturally” athletic, and etc. But studies continue to show, as they have for some time now, that it is generally healthier to praise schoolchildren for being hardworking, than for being naturally gifted. We know now that to emphasize a child’s inherent ability places pressure on that child to continue to be accidentally talented, which is something that is hard for anyone to control. When the children who are applauded for their natural skills fail, they are shown to take the failure very personally. After all, the process of their success has always seemed mysterious and basic and inseparable from the rest of their identity, so it must be they who are failing as whole people. When students are instead complimented and rewarded for their effort and improvement, they tend to not be so hard on themselves. When they fail, they reason, “Well, I’ll work harder next time.” They learn that they are capable of success, rather than constantly automatically deserving of it, and they learn simultaneously that they are bigger and more complex than their individual successes or failures.”—Kate of Eat the Damn Cake, The Stupidity of “Natural” Beauty (via commovente)
"And if Feuilly can arrange to speak at the Polish association—I know he has been invited to their meetings—we may find ourselves with several more men. He says there are many…
I love this, and it makes utter sense to me - I’m a heavily visual learner, and have had to learn to be very direct in asking people who are making complex spatial points or arguments to show rather than tell me. In my field there’s a lot of debate/discussion on some quite involved ship orientation - which vessel was facing in what direction in relation to other ships, lights, physical bodies etc. If you tell me the vessel’s orientation was, say, SE and people spotted something a light off the port stern quarter, I have trouble “seeing” it. I was in a discussion in a pub once with a colleague ones who was trying to convey his argument to me, and I finally told him to use props - so the salt shakers, napkin holders and cutlery were brought into play, and it was brilliant…it just immediately conveyed what I needed to know. My colleague said it taught him a lot about audio vs. visual learners and how he needed to make his ideas.
So the idea of Enjolras being very visually orientated makes a lot of sense to me…I think we see it in his language (he speaks a lot of seeing things - I’d have to check, but I don’t think he appeals to audio as much…i.e., my impression is he’d say “I see” or “Do you see” before “I hear”). Having him use props is a brilliant little touch of characterisation…I wonder if it could be extrapolated from? E.g. an Enjolras who doodles - perhaps abstract shapes?
Agh I know, it’s so PLAUSIBLE, that’s what’s getting me— he’s always read as fairly tactile/visual to me too. I mean, when he’s up and active he’s ACTIVE.
and so now I ABSOLUTELY SERIOUSLY have the mental image of Enjolras talking to Inanimate Audiences to hone his arguments, and it’s today’s Best Thing Ever, and I’m totally blaming NeedsMoreResearch. XD
It’s nice to browse other Les Mis fans’ archives, read Brick!Club posts by Pilferingapples and others, and get other people’s very refreshing opinions on certain parts of the novel.
Before I’d ever even touched a copy of the Brick, I heard people bash Marius nonstop for driving Valjean away when he learns about his past, and bash Cosette nonstop for “abandoning” her father in favor of Marius. Those comments colored the way I viewed those chapters and effected my feelings about Marius and Cosette for a while, despite Hugo’s insistence that we shouldn’t blame them.
It’s very nice (painful, but nice) to be reminded that Valjean largely brings the situation on himself, that he wants Marius to show him no mercy, distances himself from Cosette in the misguided belief that she’s better off without him, and basically treats himself just as badly as Marius ever treats him, and 10,000 times worse than Cosette ever does, since she never treats him badly and most certainly doesn’t abandon him.
Yeah, Cosette is UTTERLY innocent in Valjean’s final descent.
And while I think Marius’ reaction is SUPER NOT OKAY, I think it’s very important—like, thematically, point-of-the-story important— that Marius’ reaction wouldn’t be considered a bad reaction *by most people*. I’m not even going to say “at the time”— lots of people today would not be super thrilled to have Convict Dad coming over for dinner! Or inquire further into his circumstances! Heck, Marius actually DOES rise a bit above in being able to totally exonerate Cosette from suspicion in his own mind; not everyone could have done that or would have bothered trying.
And I *do* think there’s a point being made with that, because anyone who’s read Les Mis probably feels a lot of sympathy for Valjean, because, I mean, how can you NOT? And it would be easy to get into Condemnation Mode of everyone who turns him away or judges him or forgets about him from his arrival in Digne on. And the story certainly encourages viewing that as small-hearted, cruel behavior.
MORE UNDER CUT BECAUSE I AM STILL UNPACKING THIS MYSELF AND GOT REALLY WORDY.
it’s PLAUSIBLE I think you have just made me honestly headcanon that Enjolras thinks out loud with props, and there are DOLLS and I MAY NEVER RECOVER and this is not NEARLY as teeth-breaking as such an idea deserves but
IT’S A START, and I’m falling asleep on my tablet, so it’ll have to do for now, but I WILL FIND SOME WAY to account for this!