From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
Jean's grief over his mother is intense, so intense that he seems in danger of destroying himself. This seemingly self-destructive tendency in Jean is responsible for much of the suspense in the story. We are always holding our breath waiting to see what this bad-boy artist will do next.