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Another title-free Convention chapter! Or, uh, sub-chapter, I guess.

Date: 2014-05-19 04:29 pm (UTC)
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"Percier then replaced the wooden pillar with columns of marble, which were less durable." Simple objects are functional, the fancier ones don’t really hold up. Dysfunctional opulence is maybe more linked with the old regime.

"in front of the tribune, a bust of Lepelletier-Saint-Fargeau" President of the Constituent Assembly in 1790, assassinated early in 1793, subsequently honored by the republic. (Marat would get a lot of celebrity treatment after his death, too. I mean, there were a lot of politicians who got killed and/or famous in either order.)

"The president had Lycurgus on his right and Solon on his left, above the Mountain was Plato." Lycurgus was a lawgiver of Sparta, and Solon of Athens. I know the mountain was the farthest left, physically (this is where we get the terms "left" and "right" for political purposes, it had to do with where this crowd sat), but is that from the president’s point of view, or…? It would be interesting to try and place Plato on a spectrum featuring the austere Spartans and the cultured Athenians—he might be positioned at the extreme of philosophy as opposed to military readiness. Not sure.

"The black wooden frame containing the rights of man, reached to the cornice and cut into the design of the entablature, breaking the straight line; this caused Chabot to complain, "It is ugly," he said to Vadier." Oh no, not those ugly human rights, always cramping our style and throwing off our groove.

"The hall of the Convention could hold two thousand people: on days of insurrection, three thousand." Said pretty casually. There were probably lots of insurrections.

"These steps were high, steep, and difficult to mount; Gensonné stumbled one day as he was ascending them. "They are scaffold stairs!" he said. "Serve your apprenticeship," exclaimed Carrier." Gensonné was tried and executed by the tribunal (but, probably, a lot of people were…?) Carrier was a pretty cruel guy. Not sure what specifically is going on in this dialogue.

"One day as Laignelot was hurrying to the tribune he ran against some one in the inclined passage. "Beg pardon, Robespierre," he said. "Whom do you take me for?" replied a harsh voice. "Beg pardon, Marat," said Laignelot." Marat is offended at being taken for Robespierre, thinks he’s even more important than that. (Also he is a vampire who lurks in darkness, or whatever.)

"Savage correctness; this is a suggestion of the whole Revolution." Hugo just TL;DRed himself. The Revolution is founded on the correct ideas, but taken to violent extremes. Interestingly, it’s the revolutionaries who call their rural opponents by the names of other tribes from around the world.

Date: 2014-05-20 02:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bobbiewickham
About the Robespierre-Marat mix-up: I noticed the light imagery here too. The Convention is on a high mountain and sublime and all that, but at the same time its hidden halls are so dark that you can't tell the well-groomed Robespierre from the odd-looking Marat. Its sublimity has darkness within it. This Light Is Symbolic, etc.

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