The whole Barriere du Maine thing though
I’d like to know what sort of speech Grantaire was planning to make based on Believing In Enjolras. “Right, we’re planning this revolution and —look, yeah, I know it’s dumb. But…his HAIR. HAVE YOU SEEN HIS HAIR. You gotta sign up for this, believe me, well I mean don’t believe ME, obviously,but Enjolras is..uh… PASS THE DOMINOES. “
I mean I am obviously NOT UNSYMPATHETIC to just wanting an excuse to flail about Enjolras for a while, but it probably doesn’t make the best selling speech to getting people to show up to the barricade. I mean, maybe. I mean, I’D go to check, but then I’m awfully susceptible to the “LOOK AT THESE DORKS” line of argument.
… OH NO THIS LINE OF ARGUMENT IS SOUNDING PLAUSIBLE.
Or it could have been something like, “look, it’s ridiculous and absurd, but they’re going to do it anyway so if you come do it with us then maybe we WON’T ALL DIE TERRIBLE DEATHS and also if anyone can pull it off it’s probably him, so you may as well. Also there will probably be drinks and maybe snacks if you get there early, and I know some guys who can get into a mean pun off. Look, just please come because I promised him I’d convince you and, like, I can talk pretty philosophy at you if you want but we all know that that’s crap, and I could say that God is on our side, but God is dead or useless or malicious or all of the above so maybe we don’t even want him on our side, and, okay, so I think actually he’s some kind of angel — don’t tell him I said that — so maybe God is on our side, or maybe we’re founding a new religion based around bird symbolism and glowing hair and shitty metaphors but really, can’t be worse than what you’re doing right now. Actually, yeah, you’re right getting shot at would be worse than sitting here playing dominoes, stupid example. But look, it’s going to happen anyway so you may as well just sign up because if you do then maybe he’ll be less ridiculous for a while — because he is KIND OF RIDICULOUS even if he’s also perfect and luminous and probably superhuman, I mean let me tell you about his hair and his high forehead guys — anyway if you come then I’ll buy you all drinks and we can get sloshed next to the barricade and heckle the national guard.”