What is the role of the ABC society? 

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The Friends of the ABC, are a group of young men, mostly made up of students (though there are others who are self-educated), who meet as a secret society and discuss revolution in the back room of a cafe.  "ABC," pronounced Ah-Bey-Say, is like the French word abassé, which translates to "the abased" or "the oppressed."  Though many of these characters, as students, have come from families with money, several have not.  All, in one way or another, have connected with the oppression in society, and wish to raise up the poor and speak out for their rights.  This is the same group of men who organize, rally, then end up dying in the barricade.

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