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He sits in Corinth, late in the evening, when the customers begin singing and growing louder with the larger quantities of liquor. He doesn't drink anything but tea; he's never had any good experiences with alcohol.

He sits at a table in the back, trying to write. It's not poetry, or prose, or anything that would be rewarding to write: it's an essay about...something about education, something about the Pope, something about his opinions on education.

Jehan traces idle circles on his paper, and wonders if his friends have already finished their work (Why has there suddenly been such an accumulation in exams and essays? Why so much raucous laughter?), realizes they're probably much smarter and much more ambitious than he is, and sighs. He wonders if they have as much work to finish as he does, and wonders if they're having fun somewhere else, or perhaps somewhere in the cafe, with a glass of wine in all of their hands and a smile on all of their faces.

He shifts and attempts getting his pen away from the circles and to the Pope.
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On August 1st, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC), freed_verse replied:
Jehan looks, starts, and turns over the drawn-on paper that labels his study skills atrocious. "Poe -- geo -- " He can't think of what this can be classified as, so he gestures helplessly. "A general essay," he finally says, and wonders if Courfeyrac has already finished his work. The thought brings a hot blush of shame to his face.
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On August 2nd, 2005 06:41 am (UTC), freed_verse replied:
"Um. Yes!" he says, a bit baffled. Courfeyrac, of course, must've finished it already. "Yes, on... the...um, Pope? Something about...the Pope? And...education? Don't you remember..?" He smiles, expecting a light of relief to appear on Courfeyrac's face.
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On August 2nd, 2005 10:50 am (UTC), freed_verse replied:
His smile doesn't fade quite yet. "Um.." He shifts through a portfolio, and looks at his schedule. "Tomorrow?"
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On August 3rd, 2005 12:07 am (UTC), freed_verse replied:
He keeps smiling. "Oh, yes. I'm rather afraid of turning in assignments late, as you rathet get nothing but a glare, haha."

He looks down at his paper, which has nothing but the first half of an introductory sentence on it. "Was this essay difficult for you? I can't seem to get anywhere with it." He imagines it most certainly wasn't, because Courfeyrac is so blasé about the whole situation.
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On August 3rd, 2005 12:18 am (UTC), freed_verse replied:
He keeps smiling and holds his head in his hands. Failure: he knows he is. "Oh," he says, "of course." Why is it so difficult for him? "Quite lucky," he says, but he knows it just comes down to brains. And Jehan's head is quite empty.
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On August 3rd, 2005 12:43 am (UTC), freed_verse replied:
He looks at Courfeyrac for a second before sighing loudly in relief. He blushes when he realizes how indecent it is. "Oh," he says, and nods, "oh." As though Courfeyrac doesn't know, he adds, "I got a bit confused." But perhaps now he's made Courfeyrac just as worried over the essay as he is! "Don't -- don't worry," he says. What do people say when they want to be consoling? "Don't worry, we can both fail together." Yes, perhaps that will work.
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On August 3rd, 2005 05:59 am (UTC), freed_verse replied:
Jehan bites his lip and feels a gnawing of worry begin its torturous chewing once again. They'll both fail together. Suddenly, it doesn't seem like such a nice thing, to fail, even if it's with another. The dismay appears on his face. "Oh, good heavens, what are we going to do...? What do we say? We both are going to fail at this assignment; what is the professor going to think of us? What if he makes us leave the classroom?" He wishes he were the nail-biting sort so he'd have something productive to do with his worry. Instead, he wrings his hands and looks at his two papers, one filled with circles and another about five words of nonsense.
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On August 3rd, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC), freed_verse replied:
Not knowing if he wants the drink quite yet, Jehan simply stares at it. He presses his nails against his mouth. "Fine..." he says softly, and takes a breath. It is let out in a sharp question, "But what if whether we're doubled over or standing upright depends on whether or not we have money for a good doctor, which depends on how much money we have, which is directly related to our education?"

This is a horrible revelation. Jehan takes a sip of wine to quell the panic rising in him and makes a face.
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On August 4th, 2005 08:15 am (UTC), freed_verse replied:
"No, I'm not ready to think about being visited by the Great Equalizer," Jehan says, an attempt at a witty comment. He realizes there is absolutely nothing humorous about this situation and takes another drink of what tastes like poison. "What...what we've got to be worrying about is..." He gestures helplessly to the papers. "What we say. What do we say? How do we defend ourselves?"
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On August 7th, 2005 09:40 am (UTC), wingsoforestes replied:
My typist has a few words to say, M. Not My Courfeyrac.

Hey, babe. You can intrude on MY community ANY day. *wink wink*





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....and now, my typist will speak:

Aww, that's okay. XD
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On August 7th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC), valetudinarius replied:
( No no, Courfeyrac. A bathrobe cord is much to unstable for hanging onself; it could be too lose or break, and just cause you to hang there, limp, life very slowly draining out of you but never dying. It would never break your neck, close your airway, close your carotid arteries, or close your jugular veins. Might I, instead, suggest one of the braided ropes at that old shop that used to be near the Université? I find it would be much more effective!

--Oh, right. Wrong community. )
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On August 8th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC), valetudinarius replied:
( Oh. ...Oh! Well, 'm sure you could just cry out anyway, and someone would help you? )
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On August 8th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC), valetudinarius replied:
( If you ever do plan on killing yourself, though, don't hesitate to give me a ring. Or.. don't kill yourself. You're quite a lovely person. )
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