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Les Misérables – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

From plot debriefs to key motifs, Thug Notes’ Les Miserables Summary & Analysis has you covered with themes, symbols, important quotes, and more.
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Dinner Over Good Books: 3 People I'd Like to Dine With
@jordanhamilton tagged me to complete @VinMcCarthy's Dinner Date writing challenge, where we choose the 3 people, dead or alive, that we'd most like to have dinner with. You can read about the three men she chose (and their beautiful facial hair) here. Thank you for the tag Miss Lady @jordanhamilton :) Here are my picks! We'd have a lovely dinner in Paris (since this is a fantasy after all, and I LOVE French food), followed by wine and book discussions. :D Get ready for a total literary nerd daydream! Italo Calvino I'd love to have dinner with my favorite author, Italian novelist and essayist Italo Calvino. He's the author of my favorite book of all time, Invisible Cities (which if you haven't read – YOU NEED TO). His writings are this genius combination of fantastical fiction and literary theory, and I absolutely can't get enough of it. Reading his words, you can just tell this guy is a genius; I'd love to listen to him speak on the direction media and our consumption of it is taking today, and how his past insights on the activity of reading apply in this new age. Book We'd Discuss: Invisible Cities Roland Barthes French literary theorist Roland Barthes was admired by Calvino, and the two of them definitely met while both were in Paris in the 1970's exploring the boundaries of literature at OuLiPo (aka The Workshop of Potential Literature). I think the resonance between their works is fascinating, so how much MORE fascinating would it be to hear them converse about literature and art in general? Barthes is one of my favorite theorists; I'd love to ask him about some of the more dense points in his essay S/Z, which I'm reading currently. Book We'd Discuss: S/Z, his theoretical deconstruction of the short short Sarrasine by Balzac. Ken Kesey And finally, the least intellectual of the three is my other favorite author, Ken Kesey. He's a sort of psychedelic neo-Hemingway (is that heresy? no matter). He wrote One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, as well as his REAL magnum opus (in my opinion), Sometimes A Great Notion. He's not really into all that theoretical mumbo-jumbo, no: he'd probably dismiss it all with a wave of his cowboy hand. What I'd really like to ask him about is inspiration. He was the original Merry Prankster, one of those Day-Glo hippies who drove the bus Furthur across America, spreading LSD-laced good vibes and giving birth to the psychedelic movement in the 1960's. I'd like to hear firsthand about his experiences, and his inspiration in writing my favorite novel. His experiments with narrative perspective have always inspired me; he certainly wasn't the first to do it, but he did it well. It'd be cool to hear him, Calvino, and Barthes ping-pong back and forth on art, perception, and humanity. Books We'd Discuss: Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test; Sometimes A Great Notion I hope that wasn't too much of a nerd-out... -_____- Any other literary nerds out there?? Excited to hear who everybody else would like to dine with :)
Cách tốt nhất học tiếng anh giao tiếp
Bạn đang phải chật vật học ngữ pháp tiếng anh, từ vựng tiếng anh, cách âm tiếng anh….Vậy mục đích bạn học để làm gì, để thi, để giao tiếp hay để du lịch nước ngoài… Mình chắc chắn phần lớn học tiếng anh mục đích cuối cùng là để giao tiếp tiếng anh thành thạo. Làm thế nào để học tiếng anh giao tiếp tốt nhất và có thể ứng dụng tiếng anh vào hàng ngày được. Dưới đây mình sẽ giới thiệu 19 câu tiếng anh giao tiếp thông dụng gắn liền với đời sống. Các bạn cùng tham khảo nhé. + To eat well and can dress beautyfully. Ăn trắng mặc trơn + Just kidding. Chỉ đùa thôi + You 'll have to step on it Bạn phải đi ngay + Decourages me much: Làm nản lòng + I'm in a hurry. Tôi đang bận + The God knows: Chúa mới biết được + What the hell is going on? Chuyện quái quỷ gì đang diễn ra vậy? + Out of sight out of might: Xa mặt cách lòng + Sorry for bothering: Xin lỗi vì đã làm phiền + Nothing's happened yet : Chả thấy gì xảy ra cả + Give me a certain time: Cho mình thêm thời gian + Your jokes are always witty : Anh đùa dí dỏm thật đấy + Enough is enough: Đủ rồi đấy nhé: + What a dope: Thật là nực cười + No matter what, ... : Bằng mọi giá, ... + Let's see which of us can hold out longer : Để xem ai chịu ai nhé + About a (third) as strong as usual : Chỉ khoảng (1/3) so với mọi khi(nói về chất lượng) + Life is tough: Cuộc sống thật là phức tạp + What on earth is this? : Cái quái gì thế này? Chúc các bạn tìm ra cach hoc tot tieng anh giao tiep cho rieng mình nhé
"You have devoured everything." – Famous Love Letters
There is no glimpse into the private world of famous people quite like reading their love letters. Suddenly, you see your favorite author or artist at their most vulnerable, using their poetic talents to praise the object of their affections. I found this love letter that I absolutely adore, by one of my favorite French authors, Honoré de Balzac. He clearly employs all his writerly gifts to praise his lover, Ewelina Hańska, a Polish countess who wrote him an anonymous letter after reading his books. This began what turned out to be a decades-long correspondence. They met in person not long after (while she was married to another, a man much older than her), and became lovers. When her husband died, she was finally able to marry Balzac, but he died only 5 months after their union. At least she had these beautiful, beautiful words to look back on. Take a look below. Honoré de Balzac to Countess Ewelina Hańska (June, 1835): MY BELOVED ANGEL, I am nearly mad about you, as much as one can be mad: I cannot bring together two ideas that you do not interpose yourself between them. I can no longer think of nothing but you. In spite of myself, my imagination carries me to you. I grasp you, I kiss you, I caress you, a thousand of the most amorous caresses take possession of me. As for my heart, there you will always be — very much so. I have a delicious sense of you there. But my God, what is to become of me, if you have deprived me of my reason? This is a monomania which, this morning, terrifies me. I rise up every moment say to myself, ‘Come, I am going there!’ Then I sit down again, moved by the sense of my obligations. There is a frightful conflict. This is not a life. I have never before been like that. You have devoured everything. I feel foolish and happy as soon as I let myself think of you. I whirl round in a delicious dream in which in one instant I live a thousand years. What a horrible situation! Overcome with love, feeling love in every pore, living only for love, and seeing oneself consumed by griefs, and caught in a thousand spiders’ threads. O, my darling Eva, you did not know it. I picked up your card. It is there before me, and I talked to you as if you were here. I see you, as I did yesterday, beautiful, astonishingly beautiful. Yesterday, during the whole evening, I said to myself ‘She is mine!’ Ah! The angels are not as happy in Paradise as I was yesterday!
Je T'aime! Crazy Romantic French Quotes
After I graduated from college with a degree in French literature, I lived in France for a year. I fell in love – with the language, the culture, the food, the little cafés, the wine... because how could you not? Many people love the sound of French. I think it's pretty, but more than anything, I just love the way things sounds when expressed in French. It seems more elegant, more romantic than English, non? Here are a few lovely French quotes about l'amour that I'm sure you'll want to stick right up on your wall. :) You'll find my translations below. I've come to steal a hundred million kisses from you. – Serge Gainsbourg I'll be a poet, and you, poetry. – François Coppée Love belongs to those who think about it. –Marcel Achard Life is full of little happinesses. – Unknown Love isn't just a feeling, it's also an art. Some simple word, a caution, a nothing reveals to a woman the grand and sublime artist that can touch her heart without piercing it. – Honoré de Balzac What is love? It's when you look at the other person and smile. – Agnès Desarthe We fall in love. And as always, when we fall, we get hurt. – François Weyergans This one seems like a compilation of several celebrated sayings about love: May my kisses be the words of love I don't say to you. We forgive to the extent that we love. I adore you. Between two hearts that love each other, there is no need for words. My love for you is as big as the world. You are the light of my life. (Literally "joy of my life," but that sounds weird in English...) You are my love. I love you. You are magnificent! – Various Authors My darling. Just a really cute, cutesy way of nicknaming your boy or girlfriend in France. :) You could also use this as a grandparent/parent to refer to your kid, or even to refer to a pet that you love a lot! <3 I love you more than chocolate mousse. – Unknown We only see well with our hearts. The essential is invisible to the eyes. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry I hope you liked these beautiful quotes :) If you're a Francophile and want more, let me know! I also accept translation requests if you need help figuring out what a certain phrase means. :) Bon journée à tous! <3 xoxo
The Class of 2016: This Year's Funniest Graduation Caps
It's that time of year again - time for the senior classmen (and classwomen!) to say their goodbyes and celebrate their accomplishments as they finally receive their diplomas. Let's admit it. Graduation ceremonies, while understandably important, can get a little dull. There's a whole lot of speeches, a whole lot of sitting, and that obligatory watching-every-single-student-walk part. However, grads have gotten creative over the years, keeping things interesting with all sorts of gags - the simplest being the funny designs they put on their graduation caps! Graduation cap humor definitely reflects the times. Check out some of the funniest caps of the graduation season thus far, and then let me know: Are these SO 2016 or what?! "M-Morty, this is - belch - the first day of the r-rest of your life." Shout-out to all those cat ladies gettin' degrees to support their fur babies. Check out Sponge Bob Square Cap over here. This will forever be my favorite quote from 'The Office'. Because Lisa Simpson should be all of our education #goals. He-Man, you the real (heavily bedazzled) MVP. "I solemnly swear I am up to gettin' paid." You can practically hear the mic drop after reading this one. +1 BRIGHT FUTURE! So which one of these were your favorite? What would your graduation cap look like? Let me know in the comments below! (And for more cool and creative caps, check out @HairConfetti's Disney-Inspired Graduation Caps card too!)