Monday, April 1, 2013

Les Misérables A is for: ABC Café

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"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" Psalm 133: 1


Young, idealistic university students. They thought they could change the world.

Many years before, during what was to be later called the "French Revolution," the poor people revolted. The aristocracy was in danger because they were insensitive to the people's cries.  After heads rolled, the common folk rejoiced that they had fought for freedom...and won. But did they?

Things went well for awhile. But then turned sour. The men who assumed leadership turned out to be worse for France than the Revolution itself.  Then more years of crop failure. People were starving. Again.  And they stole and fought for a loaf of bread...and more.

France again had a king who cared very little for those outside his circle. The poor begged for mercy. None was granted. The people wanted change. But this time, it was the university students who got the ball rolling. Their promised leader, General LaMarque, who cared for the common folks, had just died.
Together, they believed change could happen. No one else had a plan, so, why not? It was now up to the common people and the students with high ideals to fight for change. So, the young revolutionaries planed their strategy in the ABC café.

The students drank to their friendship, strategized, gathered arms, and built barricades at dead ends of the city. The townsfolk promised to back them up.  And they waited...


Do you have a cause worth fighting for?


BTW: A big thank you to Arlee Bird at "Tossing It Out"for starting up this challenge!!

14 comments:

  1. I would love to have the ideals of a student again, fighting to change the world and all that good stuff!

    Kirsten
    http://www.shortstoryideas.net/a-z-challenge

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    1. Yes, Kirsten, sometimes I think we get lazy or tired as we get older, and give up? Thanks for stopping!

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  2. Interesting choice for A. Loved it.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rebecka! Glad you found it interesting...

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  3. The phrase "a cause worth fighting for" triggered the song "A Girl Worth Fighting For" from Mulan for me. Otherwise the rest of this was good, too!

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    1. Oops! Not familiar with that one! Enjoy A to Z!

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  4. Yay! This is my FAVORITE book. Um, or one of them. =) Let's see, have I ever had a cause worth fighting for? Only about fifteen-hundred of them. Guess someone should have warned me about that Irish blood.

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    1. You made me smile, Crystal. I have an affection for Southern Ireland where I spent a summer in my HS years. Not sure which side you are on, but the Irish are lovely, albeit firey folks!

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  5. I will fight for my children. But I've never been real big about political issues.

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    1. So right, Sarah...every Mom should stick up for her kids!

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  6. I love this theme! This is my favorite story! The current movie is marvelous. As someone commented earlier, I would fight for my kids, but not sure I would have the conviction for anything else.
    from The Dugout

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  7. Thanks, Mare! As someone has said, we will probably never know until we are faced with the situation.

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  8. Les Mis...is beyond my favorite fictional story..... to me it has all the major themes of life..... realizing one is a sinner in need of redemption and Grace.... and then living in a state of gratitude for that grace....
    which makes every moment count.....

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    1. A perfect summary for the classic. . . Bravo!

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