04/14/14 -- 3:11 PM with 71 notes




for those of you who speak french, i just came across the most incredible site, which allows you to see the evolution of les misérables throughout the composition process. 

first, it provides full & downloadable pdf versions of the brick in three stages of completion:

  1. the first draft, before any corrections or additions (“Rédaction(s) initiale(s)”)
  2. the 1848 draft, known as les misères, which hugo then put aside for more than a decade (Les Misères)
  3. the final, “established” text of the novel (Les Misérables)

as if that weren’t cool enough, there’s also a function that allows you to see what hugo changed from version to version, as well as compare chapters across all three editions. for example, here’s "un groupe qui a failli devenir historique" ("a group that barely missed becoming historic"), featuring “thomas,” aka, marius’s original name in hugo’s first draft:


i’m sure the old school brick fans already know about this site, but i thought it wouldn’t hurt to share. i hope you guys find it as awesome as i do!

Victor Hugo | Les Misérables

WOW what a great resource! Thank you so much for sharing!

04/13/14 -- 6:33 PM with 644 notes

Jane Austen’s handwritten manuscript of Persuasion

04/13/14 -- 5:01 PM with 3,150 notes

-n. a moment of awareness that someone you’ve known for years still has a private and mysterious inner life, and somewhere in the hallways of their personality is a door locked from the inside, a stairway leading to a wing of the house that you’ve never fully explored—an unfinished attic that will remain maddeningly unknowable to you, because ultimately neither of you has a map, or a master key, or any way of knowing exactly where you stand. (via nyctaeus)
04/12/14 -- 8:01 PM with 16,218 notes

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04/12/14 -- 7:01 PM with 166 notes

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intoxication; inebriation; drunkenness; any mild-altering affect by a drug.

Etymology: from Latin temulentus < temetum, “an intoxicating drink”.

[Cheong-ah Hwang]

04/12/14 -- 6:02 PM with 787 notes

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And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in.

-Jane Austen, from Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics, 2003)
04/12/14 -- 5:01 PM with 67,056 notes

In me, by myself, without human relationship, there are no visible lies. The limited circle is pure.
-Franz Kafka, from Diaries (via kafkaesque-world)
04/11/14 -- 8:01 PM with 92 notes

You are mysterious. I love you. You’re beautiful, intelligent, and virtuous, and that’s the rarest known combination.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald, Porcelain and Pink (via larmoyante)
04/11/14 -- 7:01 PM with 5,594 notes

I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.
-George Borrow (via thebooker)
04/11/14 -- 6:02 PM with 6,711 notes

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