The Long Nineteenth Century

From the enragées to the dreyfusardes.

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Javert passed slowly down the Rue de l’Homme Armé.

He walked with drooping head for the first time in his life, and likewise, for the first time in his life, with his hands behind his back.

Up to that day, Javert had borrowed from Napoleon’s attitudes, only that which is expressive of resolution, with arms folded across the chest; that which is expressive of uncertainty—with the hands behind the back—had been unknown to him.

Why don’t the illustrators pay attention?

Edit: I agree that folding your arms across your chest doesn’t necessarily express resolution, and clasping your hands behind your back doesn’t necessarily express uncertainty. But my point is that Hugo has specifically said that Javert never does that one thing, and then the illustrators have to go and draw him doing it (and usually in his introductory illustration, no less).

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    Trust me you weren’t the only one rolling their eyes when Hugo was talking about the difference between arms folded in...
  4. prudencepaccard reblogged this from movingtonewaccount and added:
    I understand the concept of artistic license. Really, I do. And I get that Javert’s whole disappearing act is very hard...
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    Ya’ know this really bothers me too! And any time I’m about to draw Javert with his hands behind his back, I just have...
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  10. yesiammorelogicalthanyou reblogged this from lediableaquatre and added:
    It’s difficult to picture this attitude described with his arms folded. First folding arms is a “defensive” pose or an...
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  14. lediableaquatre reblogged this from prudencepaccard and added:
    Perhaps it is harder to draw the folded arms? :D I really like the cane though especially in the second picture.