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"Shoot me." by ColonelDespard "Shoot me." by ColonelDespard
"He is the leader! It was he who slew the artillery-man. It is well that he has placed himself there. Let him remain there. Let us shoot him down on the spot."

"Shoot me," said Enjolras.

And flinging away his bit of gun-barrel, and folding his arms, he offered his breast.

The audacity of a fine death always affects men. As soon as Enjolras folded his arms and accepted his end, the din of strife ceased in the room, and this chaos suddenly stilled into a sort of sepulchral solemnity. The menacing majesty of Enjolras disarmed and motionless, appeared to oppress this tumult, and this young man, haughty, bloody, and charming, who alone had not a wound, who was as indifferent as an invulnerable being, seemed, by the authority of his tranquil glance, to constrain this sinister rabble to kill him respectfully.


His beauty, at that moment augmented by his pride, was resplendent, and he was fresh and rosy after the fearful four and twenty hours which had just elapsed, as though he could no more be fatigued than wounded. It was of him, possibly, that a witness spoke afterwards, before the council of war: "There was an insurgent whom I heard called Apollo." A National Guardsman who had taken aim at Enjolras, lowered his gun, saying: "It seems to me that I am about to shoot a flower." - Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

If you're going to check out violently, this is how to go about doing it.
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TUZI42 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
LOVE THIS PICTURE!!!
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely illustration of this scene!
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Disneylyric Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
He got his wish.
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DuchessaIbby Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Your drawing is beautiful. And the quote, well, greatly moving. I've just reached the first introduction of the Thenardiers in the book, and am very much enjoying all the extra information that isn't in the musical.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Thank you :) You'll enjoy the ABC sections when you get to them - hope this isn't too much of a spoiler for you, although you'd know from the musical that Enjolas doesn't exactly lead a successful 1832 French Revolution...
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DuchessaIbby Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
No,as I've seen the musical,it wasn't a spoiler. I am very much looking forward the the ABC sections, becuase they happen to be my favourite in the musical.
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DuchessaIbby Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
He looks a bit like Billy Twelvetrees, who plays rugby for Leicester Tigers. I jut realised this(:
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Meg-Giry Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
On this scene I always start to cry. And you've drown it so storng, that is realy capturing me.
He looks so decided and not a little bit afraid.
:hug: Meg
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Glad you liked it! I'm working on colouring this at the moment, just for practice and to correct a few things about it I don't like.
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Meg-Giry Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait so see the coloured version. I'm sure I'll love it :-)
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Southern00Belle Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Did anyone else cry their eyes out here?
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
I'm still powerfully moved every time I read that scene.
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Southern00Belle Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I always cry a little bit. I had a fair amount of warning that it would be sad, but not enough..
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Miss-Samurai-X Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Wonderful.

I think that Enjolras' death in the book is much more symbolic than in the musical, because he fully accepted it and kept his pride even at the end. In a way it is tragic and beautiful.
A fitting end to a noble leader.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Absolutely :)
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EntirelyInsane Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Mmm, yes. Very much so. So symbolic and so beautiful.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Thank you!
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Lord44 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love that scene
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Yes...it's a very powerful moment.
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avi17 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
LOVE his expression in this.

Which translation is all this text from?
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Glad you like :) I'll have to check which translation...it's one of of the on-line texts (I find them easier to lazily copy and paste from).
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avi17 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Found it. XD Thanks.
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FlammableWolf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a great scene and such a great drawing! Mreeeeeeeh I just keep falling in love with your art.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Thank you, FlammableWolf - I really appreciate the feedback. I'm hoping to do more scene stuff (Crystal Enjolras sounds like a good idea, but Cillebub did such a spectacular version of the shooting that I'm afraid to touch it - nothing could compare).
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FlammableWolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaah I adore Cillabub's art. I'd love to see you attempt it anyways!
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
She's spectacular - brilliant stuff. I might do a pic of that scene, but more after they've disposed of the body and stands like crystal and like rock... and/or Combeferre and Prouvaire, holding hands.
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
I have yet to reach this chapter but now I really can't wait. I had read that Enjolras's death was a noble one.

I love the artwork by the way! :)
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Hope it wasn't too spoilerish...although you know he winds up dead anyway. And there's something else to come before that, which makes the scene even better.
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Not at all, so no worries! And let me guess... Enjolras executes one of his own men? Hmm hmm, the abridged version cut nearly everything out which left me feeling kind of empty. Now that I'm reading the unabridged version things are much better! :)
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iluvmusicsomuch Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I don't know if he killed one of his own men, probably though. It was because that man had killed someone else.


Either way, he's still one of my favorite characters.
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Indeedy, it's still hard not to like him! ;)
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iluvmusicsomuch Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Yes, he's a very good character.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
Cheers! Yes, love that scene. My favourite - and it's cool even before Grantaire stages his "me too!" feat. I think it's sweet that Enjolras didn't get pissy because Grantaire interupted his spectacular death to get a piece of the action.

Grantaire worked out that the way to *really* get Enjolras' attention was to do something dramatic, reckless and symbolic. Like get yourself shot trying to hoist a flag (that went down big time with Enjolras - wow, two kisses! Shame you had to be a corpse to be on the receiving end) or threatening to blow up a barricade.

No collar, torn sleeve...but hey, the sash is immaculate!
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HistoryKnightLS Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
Who doesn't love that scene? Tragic, but symbolic.

I really like the way his sleeve is torn open.
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