The sound of chairs scraping none-too-gently across the floor as they were pushed back joined with an increased amount of chatter and bustle to signal to Grantaire that the meeting of the Friends of the ABC had been more or less officially ended. Less, probably; Enjolras was still discussing the value of a moral code for the New France with the poet Jean Prouvaire, apparently unaware that the back room of the Café Musain was emptying around him. It was as though one had pulled a stopper from a tub full of water, and soon the room was empty except for Enjolras, Jean Prouvaire, and the unnoticed drunkard. Grantaire, almost miraculously, was on this occasion only halfway drunk. Having been uninformed of the meetings occurrence, he had arrived late and only recently begun to drink. He was therefore only on his second bottle of wine when the meeting ended, and still in a very cheerful mood.
Prouvaire noticed the absence of company before Enjolras did, and suggested they continue