things that people forget when talking about joly:
- joly isn’t specifically a germaphobe, he isn’t scared of germs and bacteria and joly, as the ‘gayest of them all’, was evidently perfectly happy to drink god knows what they could have given him in the backroom of a dingy little Parisian wine shop. whilst he does complain later on, it’s about the rain, not the grime he’ll find on the barricades, meaning that there’s very little, if any, evidence for joly being a germaphobe
- joly is referred to as the ‘malade imaginaire jeune’ translating to the hypochondriac junior which isn’t so much calling joly as a hypochondriac (as hypochondriac is only used by grantaire, to describe grantaire) but rather referencing the play by molière ‘la malade imaginaire’ or the imaginary invalid. this is a comedy, not a tragedy, and the reference implies that joly is very similar to the main character, a rich man obsessed with medicine for imaginary illnesses. note that the obsession isn’t so much on the illness, but on the cure , suggesting that joly’s interests are in medicine, not simply disease
- joly doesn’t make up his poor health, he genuinely is in poor health. he doesn’t imagine his cold in the book, he really does have one (“it’s raiding,” said joly. “i had sworn to go through fire, but not through water. i don’t wand to ged a gold”) and joly’s concern for his health getting even worse is natural, not obsessional
- joly isn’t some hapless nursing student that you can mock, joly’s strength in enjolras’ eyes is his science. enjolras sees the good in people and, to pick this strength over joly’s general cheerfulness, joly is obviously very capable
- joly doesn’t fret over illness constantly! he barely does it at all and when he does, it’s a comedic line, not a tragic one. joly is, as i will say again, the gayest of them all. joly makes jokes and joly laughs and joly is happy and joly is not a character to shove into a fanfic whenever you need to show someone else in a heroic light for helping him out (joly’s actually the one who should be shown in a heroic light because he’s the one, along with bossuet, who does his best to help grantaire)
- joly’s relationship with bossuet is not canonically of a romantic nature. you could argue that the ‘they lived together, ate together, and slept together’ could be interpreted as sexual for a modern au, but it is incredibly unlikely that they were actually sexually involved in canon. joly’s relationship with musichetta could also be disputed. joly is shown to be trying to woo musichetta and she ‘sulks at him with cruel patience’ which could be interpreted as joly really trying to woo her and her refusing, or joly in a relationship with musichetta albeit one that goes through a bit of trouble. regardless of his relationship with musichetta, joly is almost certainly not in a relationship with bossuet (the ‘they slept together’ line is similar to how marius came to ‘sleep with’ courfeyrac). they had a bond similar to monk brothers who, unless i’m mistaken, probably don’t have anything sexual to do with each other.
- joly does use a cane but that’s not to say that joly has a disability. he’s a young doctor, he’s rich, he’s well dressed - the cane is likely a fashion accessory more than anything he needs, and you could interpret it as a sign of his eccentricity if you wish and in fanon it’d be fine to see joly with a disability but it’s not canonically stated that he does have one
things that people remember when talking about joly:
- joly didn’t like germs
part of the things people forget series
as an added note, i’d really love to thank julie for her sending me essentially all of this because it was incredibly interesting to read and they evidently have a great love for joly and a good understanding for his character
Episode 1, Season 2 - The Confessions of Dorian Gray
Last picture [well… until the halloween episode! and the new year episode!]
[Reference was used. Apparently I can only draw one expression. Lol. Sorry.]
Episode 5, Series 1 - The Confessions of Dorian Gray
The Fallen King of Britain
[reference was used. but what the actual fuck david, there are like no photos of you on the internet. why!?]
Episode 4, Series 1 - The Confessions of Dorian Gray
The Heart That Lives Alone.
[reference was used.]
Episode 2, Series 2 - The Confessions of Dorian Gray.
The Lord of Misrule.
[reference was used. David Menkin is James Dean and Alexander Vlahos is Syd Barrett. ahem. there is no real reason why I decided to style Dorian like Syd. I just really like Pink Floyd, okay? there was music involved in this episode. I couldn’t resist.]
Episode 3, Series 1 - The Confessions of Dorian Gray.
The Twittering of Sparrows.
[reference was used.]
Episode 2, Series 1 - The Confessions of Dorian Gray
The Houses in Between.
[reference was used. she’s on fire, if that wasn’t clear. because everything he touches burns.]
Episode 3, season 2 - The Confessions of Dorian Gray
Murder on 81st Street.
[reference was used. mrs Parker is Sarah Douglas and Rita Hayworth’s love child. i gave up trying to draw 1939-fashion whatever bleh and designed my own clothes. also: ignore Dorian’s 50’s haircut. I DO WHAT I WANT. somehow I turned Alexander Vlahos into both Tom Sturridge and James Franco before I finally managed to get his face right…. somewhat. this is why I gave up art.]