New evil life goal: to convince the city council of Hugo, MN to install a “dead end” sign at the entrance to the Grantaire cul-de-sac.

Custom may familiarize mankind with the violation of their natural rights to such an extent, that even among those who have lost or been deprived of these rights, no one thinks of reclaiming them, or is even conscious that they have suffered any injustice.

Certain of these violations (of natural right) have escaped the notice of philosophers and legislators, even while concerning themselves zealously to establish the common rights of individuals of the human race and in this way to lay the foundation of political institutions. For example, have they not all violated the principle of equality of rights in depriving one-half of the human race of the right of taking part in the formation of laws by excluding women from the rights of citizenship? Could there be a stronger proof of the power of habit, even among enlightened men, than to hear invoked the principle of equal rights in favor of perhaps some 300 or 400 men, who had been deprived of it by an absurd prejudice, and forget it when it concerns some 12,000 women?

To show that this exclusion is not an act of tyranny, it must be proved either that the natural rights of women are not absolutely the same as those of men, or that women are not capable of exercising these rights.

But the rights of men result simply from the fact that they are rational, sentient beings, susceptible of acquiring ideas of morality, and of reasoning concerning those ideas. Women having, then, the same qualities, have necessarily the same rights. Either no individual of the human species has any true rights, or all have the same; and he or she who votes against the rights of another, whatever may be his or her religion, colour, or sex, has by that fact abjured his own.
Condorcet, being really fabulous in On the Admission of Women to the Rights of Citizenship. (via maedhrys)

On photos of pre-Haussmann Paris, which the piece refers to as “the Paris of Victor Hugo and Les Misérables.”

Les Mis Manga Not-Scanlation Master Post

bobcatmoran:

Takahiro Arai’s manga version of Les Misérables is published monthly in Monthly Shônen Sunday, or “Get the Sun”/”Gessan” for short (it makes sense in Japanese, I promise). So far there’s been one tankobon volume published, incorporating chapters 1–3.

This will be added to as more chapters are released and I get father along in my translation. I break each chapter up for my not-scanlations because of length reasons and to give myself a sense of accomplishment as I finish various parts. Chapter 4 and Chapter 7 don’t have a title or part breakdown because I don’t have copies of them yet.

If you can afford it, please support the creators by buying the manga! It’s pretty easy to get ahold of it. There are a number of stores that ship internationally or import it. 

第一部 ファンティーヌ// Book 1: Fantine

第一話 転落者//Chapter 1: The Fall

第二話 正しき人ミリエル//Chapter 2: Righteous Person Myriel

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3

第三話 慟哭//Chapter 3: Lamentation

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4
  • Part 5

第四話//Chapter 4

第五話 母と母との出会い//Chapter 5: Meeting of Mother and Mother

第六話 喪服のマドレーヌ氏//Chapter 6: M. Madeleine in Mourning Dress

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3

第七話//Chapter 7

bobcatmoran:

Hey, NYC-area Les Mis fans! We’re having another meetup this Saturday, March 8, at 7 pm, at Panchitos, 105 Macdougall St. between 3rd Ave and Bleeker St. 

All are welcome! Hope to see you there!

Signal boost!  I’m usually at these things and hope to make it again this weekend.

tenlittlebullets:

*bursts into the room flailing and shouting* HERE IT IS I FINALLY GOT IT UP OFF THE GROUND— *trips, falls on face*
…okay, try again.
The LES MIS ANNOTATION PROJECT is a freely-editable wiki meant to crowdsource all the footnotes and literary/historical references and stuff that fandom can possibly track down. All of them. All that communal nerd knowledge. As obvious or as nit-picky and obscure as you want. All, hopefully, in one place.
THE PRICE OF ADMISSION: …guys. Guys. There are 365 chapters in this book. And even though I love it to death and got frissons of awesome just from the chapter titles while I was setting up the tables of contents, that is more copy/format/paste grunt work than one person should have to do when anyone can edit this thing. So the price of admission is: if you want to add footnotes for a chapter that doesn’t have a page yet, please please please take the time to set up the page properly and copy the chapter text in. There’s a template and formatting instructions and Project Gutenberg links and everything! Let’s get this sucker filled out and kill those pesky red links.
FEEDBACK: Always welcome! The format of the pages is still totally up for revision if it’s not working for people.

tenlittlebullets:

*bursts into the room flailing and shouting* HERE IT IS I FINALLY GOT IT UP OFF THE GROUND— *trips, falls on face*

…okay, try again.

The LES MIS ANNOTATION PROJECT is a freely-editable wiki meant to crowdsource all the footnotes and literary/historical references and stuff that fandom can possibly track down. All of them. All that communal nerd knowledge. As obvious or as nit-picky and obscure as you want. All, hopefully, in one place.

THE PRICE OF ADMISSION: …guys. Guys. There are 365 chapters in this book. And even though I love it to death and got frissons of awesome just from the chapter titles while I was setting up the tables of contents, that is more copy/format/paste grunt work than one person should have to do when anyone can edit this thing. So the price of admission is: if you want to add footnotes for a chapter that doesn’t have a page yet, please please please take the time to set up the page properly and copy the chapter text in. There’s a template and formatting instructions and Project Gutenberg links and everything! Let’s get this sucker filled out and kill those pesky red links.

FEEDBACK: Always welcome! The format of the pages is still totally up for revision if it’s not working for people.

Earthly existence is nothing other than the slow growth of a human being towards that flowering of the soul that we call death. It is in the tomb that the flower of life opens.
Hugo, ‘Préface de mes Œuvres et post‐scriptum de ma vie’. To celebrate the life of Victor Hugo on the anniversary of his birth, Oxford Scholarship Online has made this article free: 'Les Contemplations: Life, Death, and the Expansion of Poetry'. (via oupacademic)
blog redesign

For anyone who cares, I’ve reformatted my blog.  Now featuring more accessible tags and an ‘about me’ page.

1863 Les Misérables - spine detail

1863 Les Misérables - spine detail

A quick photoshoot with one volume of an 1863 hardcover French edition of Les Misérables.  It has very sturdy binding (which I assume is the original) so is in excellent condition, all things considered.  Click photos for descriptions.

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