Gay as in queer as heck, not gay as in happy. Also not gay as in exclusively homosexual, but gay as in same-sex attracted. The kids tell me that’s a was we use the words these days.
Speaking of language, and before we get into the fiction, Shakespeare! So very, very queer.
And now, my list. In no order and for no reason.
- Edmund Dantès, The Count of Monte Cristo
- D’Artagnon, The Three Musketeers
- Athos, Porthos and Aramis (your favourite queer uncles), The Three Musketeers
- Let’s just say everyone, The Three Musketeers
- Actually, let’s include Alexandre Dumas. He’s been dead long enough to be basically fictional now
- Madame de Tourvel, Les Liaisons Dangerouses
- Cécile de Volanges, Les Liaisons Dangerouses
- Hmmm… maybe most of those characters, actually
- Javert, Les Miserables (so hot for Valjean)
- Are all French novels full of queers?
- Charlotte Lucas, Pride and Prejudice (will carry a flame for Elizabeth Bennet forever)
- Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice (bifurios queen of our hearts)
- Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Pride and Prejudice (classic power lesbian)
- Statler and Waldorf, The Muppets