Dec 07, 2021 6:57 AM
Bella, Ghassan, Wil, Octavia, Adam, Kevin A.
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Bella is excited about this class! She read some of Les Miserables once but didn't have time to finish it what with all the other Scholomance prep on her plate, and now it's classwork. Probably. Like, who would design a Hugo curriculum and not include Les Miserables.

She finds her textbook. They will be reading both Les Mis and Notre Dame, but also Les Contemplations, The Last Day of a Condemned Man, the preface of Cromwell, and some short stories and excerpts - and they're starting with Demain, dès l'aube, apparently. Victor Hugo was not a wizard but people have apparently written spells inspired by his work.

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Ghassan has not read any Victor Hugo. Literature wasn't a priority for his parents; they had him practice his reading comprehension and analytical skills on nonfiction. This class seems to know what a Scholomance class should cover, unlike some classes he could mention. So far there's only a few people in the classroom, so he snags a good seat. Since it's the first day, he should probably take the opportunity to make conversation with one of his classmates. Ghassan looks for someone who seems in the mood to talk.

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"Afternoon. Do you have French?"

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"Not yet. There's only one other language I'm at risk of getting saddled with, so French is up first on my list."

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"I'm Bella. French is a solid choice and I wish you luck with it."

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"Ghassan. Do you already have it, then?"

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"Yeah, New Orleans has a lot of French ambient so it's typical for us."

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"Have you read any Victor Hugo before?"

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"Some of Les Mis for French practice but I didn't finish it. I liked it, though, I have the taste of a literature professor."

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"It sounds like you'll like this class, then. Any tips for someone who doesn't have the taste of a literature professor?"

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"Buy homework off me?" she suggests. "I have no idea if the class is going to frown upon skipping the digressions about the Parisian sewer and whatnot."

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"Is there something specific you want to trade for?"

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"Well, nobody's paying in mana this week, but I'd take snack tokens, those are fairly fungible? Or if you're in anything else I'm in I'm not excited about most of my other homework." She pulls out her schedule for him. "Or whatever you're good that I can use or that trades well."

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"I'm working on some mal-affecting poisons, if you want to get in on the ground floor of that."

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"- that is actually super relevant to my extracurricular project!"

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