Les Mis in pictures: The Barricades/Eponine’s Death/Drink with Me

 

The moment the students have finished the barricades, Javert shows up. Disguised as a French commoner, he tries to infiltrate the club of “the little schoolboys” as he refers to them. He volunteers to sneak behind enemy lines to figure out the strategy of the National Guard. Enjolras, even though he’s never seen the man at any of the ABC café meetings, responds with, “Sure, buddy! Way to go!” and sends Javert on his way. He returns of course with bogus info, but everyone is duly impressed. Luckily, Gavroche, the top banana of the street urchins, recognizes him. “This is Javert, you morons,” he says. “The one who calls us whores and  vipers. Remember?” They do and mutter, “Whoopsee!” and point their guns, spades and whatever other farm equipment they have lying around at the cop in disguise.

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Students are building the barricades on Enjolras specifications.
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“A little more to the left.”
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“Are those termites? I cannot have termites undermining my barricades.”
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“But, bros, I have come in piece. With sweet intel!”
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No one fools Gavroche.

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Though he’s no relation, Grantaire beams with fatherly pride.
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Javert is dragged off to a nearby bistro and tied to a chair when Eponine enters.
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She’s not feeling so great.
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Marius discovers that she took a bullet in her heart and that the bleeding is….well, as bad as you can expect from someone who took a bullet in the heart.
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But she’s a tough chick, even tries to console Marius. “No worries, I’m happy now. You finally notice me.”
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Everyone looks on in shock.

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Shocked students respond in disbelief

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The others try to comfort Marius

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After Enjolras utters the shortest eulogy known to men, Eponine is carried away.

Another visitor enters:

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Yup, Valjean. Enjolras flashes his skeptical smile. Valjean understands….

...and shows off his sharpshooter's skills

….and shows off his impeccable shooting skills, killing a National Guard sharpshooter. Javert looks worried.

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Enjolras is in awe.
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“Take anything you want!”
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Valjean wants Javert. And a breath mint, apparently. But he chooses Javert. Then sets him free.
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That makes no sense to Javert…
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….who tries to impress/distract Valjean with a new hip hop move…
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“You were always wrong about me,” says Valjean. Javert agrees as anyone is likely to agree with an enemy who keeps a knife and gun visibly tucked in his pants.
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Valjean pretends to shoot him while Javert flees.
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Then Enjolras decides it’s that favorite time in every Frenchman’s day…
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…when the bottle is uncorked.
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The students invite everyone to drink….
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…but there are NO bottles.
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So they just raise a pretend glass in honor of the gorgeous girls who wouldn’t sleep with them and the funny girls who would…(Meanwhile, we were assuming all this time that being a French Revolutionary came with instant celebrity status. Not so.)
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…proving that there’s nothing wrong with beauty, but that in a dire situation like this, you might prefer some women who can crack a joke.

38c drink with me

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Grantaire adds his two-cents of cynicism into the ponderings…
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…and wonders about the existential meaning of drinking and life in general…
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….claiming it’s the century-old struggle between Eros and Thanatos…(years later Freud will gain notoriety on the same topic, but no one will know that he just copied/pasted from Grantaire)
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He’s not exactly putting everyone in a cheerful mood…

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Some male bonding going on between Enjolras and Grantaire…
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…everyone ooooh-s along…
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…Nina and Hannah are eeeeh-ing…
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…overall some nice oooooh-ing going on…
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…some girls aaaah-ing…
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Michael’s too worried to utter any sound…
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…and Marius wonders if Cosette will cry when he dies..

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…and cannot be consoled by Enjolras…
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He’s watching out for the French army’s retaliation while the rest settles down to sleep.

 

 

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