Les Miserables: Final. Louis Blanc writes about the characters in the play

FIERY COURAGE COMBINED WITH THE DEEP FEELING OF HUMANITY.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

PEACEFUL: ON JUNE 8, 1832, THREE DAYS AFTER THE BLOOD-BATH WAS OVER, TRANQUILITY SEEMS TO BE RESTORED AND THE LAKE AND SURROUDING PROPERTY, NEAR WHERE THE BARRICADES WERE PLACED, WERE AT PEACE.

“There were young boys present who loaded the guns, using for wadding the police notices they had stripped from the walls: when this failed, the insurgents tore up their shirts for the purpose.

“Thus, they awaited for coming events surrounded with silence and in darkness; themselves, as it seemed, the only moving things in that vast city. And, knowing well that the greater portion of them would never see the morrow’s sun.

“Their exultation was immense, and seemed to increase with the increase of danger. A boy who was fighting in the foremost ranks, was fearfully wounded in the head. He was just twelve years old. But Jean, nothwithstanding the most urgent solicitations, could not induce him to quit the post he had assumed.

“This fiery courage, on the part of the combatants of St Mery, was combined with a deep feeling of humanity.”
(Gavroche, a Les Miserables urchin, fought and died at the barricades.)

“Informed by a sub-officer in disguise, of the critical situation of dragoons on the Quai Morland, the colonel of the regiment left the barracks at the head of the second detachment. And, with his trumpet sounding, took the direction of the Place de l’Arsenal.”

(Policeman Inspector Javert, of Les Miserables, went behind the barricades disguised to spy on the insurgents.)

“A young man, brother of an illustrious savant, exclaimed, raising aloft a tri-coloured flag: ‘Let him who loves me, follow me!’

“We have seen in what manner Jeanne made good his retreat from the barricades. From that moment the police had had their eye constantly upon him, informed of his every movement by a traitor whose treacherous assistance they had purchased.”

(M.Thenardier -- a master the house, extortioner, exploiter, blackmailer, thief – who caused Jean Valjean to be captured.)

Louis Blanc’s conclusion!

“How many a man, perhaps, has died a peasant or a common soldier, who, if circumstances had brought him forward, would have be greater than Cromwell! At all events, however stormy the condition into which a republic might have brought our country, it would never have reduced it to what we now see: the social, the individual character debased; Frenchmen utterly indifferent under national misfortune and disgrace; the genius of the country decaying, disappearing; the nation itself dying, exhausted, corrupt and rotten.

<< Les Miserable is published by Cullen Publications Pty Ltd, l987, and the Cameron Mackintosh (Overseas) Limited.


NO NEWS! Paper forced to close: not by the revolution but by police

FRANK MORRIS

NEARLY ALL NEWSPAPERS OF THE GLOBE DID AN EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE CIVIL WAR, OR INSURRECTION, OF PARIS, ON JUNE 5, 1832.

IN PARIS ESPECIALLY, SEVERAL PAPERS WERE CLOSED AND SEALS WERE PLACED BY ORDER OF THE POLICE. THE PRESSES OF THE TRIBUNE, QUOTIDIENNE, COURRIER DE L’EUROPE, THE BRID’OISON, THE MODE, AND THE PRINTERS JOURNAL, MONITEUR TYPOGRAPHIQUE, WERE SEIZED BY POLICE OFFICIALS.

SO MUCH FOR LIBERTY!

IN SYDNEY, THE SYDNEY HERALD THE HOBART TOWN COURIER, THE TASMANIAN AND THE SYDNEY GAZETTE CARRIED THEIR SHARE OF NEWS.

NEWSPAPERS IN THIS COUNTRY COVERED THE EVENTS AS LATE AS OCTOBER 14, 1832.

NEXT: SOCIAL JUSTICE: Removing barriers from employing older people.

THE VIETNAM WAR: 1965 to 1975 -- most divisive period in Australia in the 20th Century!

FRANK MORRIS

MENZIES TO SEND TROOPS: TO TELL PARLIAMENT TODAY

ACTION NEAR SAIGON: FIRST TRAINEE KILLED FIGHTING ON FOREIGN SAIL

ALL THE WITH LBJ

This is a dedicated front cover from OZ magazine.

11 PM AND THE BOMBS STOPS

No, it wasn’t the end of the war. In 1968, there are peace talks going on between Viet Cong and Saigon. It was President Johnson’s bid to turn “fighting into talking”. The war began in 1965.

COMING IN MARCH, 2019.


CLASSIC REPEAT: “Ahem, my name is Roy ‘Mo’ Rene, or ‘Mo’ McCackie or ‘Mo’ …”

MO’S FAMILY ALWAYS CAME FIRST. HE WAS HAPPY WHEN HE WAS WITH FAMILY AND ON STAGE.

FRANK MORRIS

THE THREE FUNNYMEN: LEADING TRIO OF SHOW BUSINESS – ROY RENE, JACK DAVEY, BROADCASTER, AND HAL LASHWOOD.

“Roy had a love-hate relationship with the audience,” Sam Van-der Sluice, son of the ever-great Roy Rene McCackie. He could love them and yet hate them. I remember he used to say when he got his first “belly” laugh, ‘I’ve got ‘em, I’ve got ‘em pal!’

“And he would get them too!,” said Sam. “Dad got most of the laughs.” The humour of Mo could be deadly and dangerous. Take “You dirty mug!” for instance. You didn’t know when he was having you on or being deadly serious.

Strike me lucky, you dirty mug! – it was the familiar sound-piece that Mo used mostly in the show.

Here’s a clip:

COLONEL:

Men, when the sun is on high at midday, 30,000 Swahili warriors will come swarming over the fortress wall armed with spears and clubs. But we fight them to the last man, we will fight them to the last drop of blood! Any questions?

Private MO:

Yes … Can I have the afternoon off?

LASHWOOD:

McCackie … why are you late?

MO:

I ran over a silent cop on the corner of Market and Pitt Street.

LASHWOOD:

There is no silent cop on the corner a Market and Pitt Street.

MO:

There is now!

PHILLIP:

I saw you outside the Hotel Australia.

AUBREY (MO):

That where I’m staying.

PHILLIP:

At the Australia.

AUBREY (MO):

No … outside.

PHILLIP:

You don’t tell me.

AUBREY (MO):

I just told you.

SPENCER THE GARBAGE MAN:

Do you like the perfume of my new after shave?

MO:

It’s lovely Spencer … but you’re still coming through!

AMY ROCHELLE:

Oh, Moey. We could go to the ball as “Beauty and the Beast”.

MO:

Oh, lovely. But you don’t look anything like a beast! 

MO’S FAMILY ALWAYS CAME FIRST. HE WAS HAPPY WHEN HE WAS WITH FAMILY AND ON STAGE.


Queen Elizabeth: Celebration 90th birthday – it’s been a swell time!                                        

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history, is celebrating her 90th birthday. And the following year, her Sapphire Jubilee, marking 65 years on the throne. There have many joyful moments: royal weddings, babies galore, and, of course, a robust 70 years of marriage with Prince Philip.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 19 October 18

Stay Informed

Receive eNews & Special Offers

Brochure Request Order

Tour Reviews Read

Last 12 months


Tags