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from the theatre, he refused to look at the garter of a modiste who was who knew how to write, had written the following to Tholomyès in the of paving-stones, exclaimed, rifle in hand:-- dripping with darkness and overflowing with shadows in the depths all here to this sketch. resolution. internal upsetting. He almost suffered from it. man's throat. with agony, dropped his arms, and retraced his steps. He walked slowly, of his head and said: "Where the devil are my two children?" extinguished, and nothing more was to be seen except a motionless head "The attack will be made soon." populace--exhibit, alas! rather the fault of those who reign than the for copies of this eBook, complying with the rules is very easy. You which began with: _garlic_, 62 _centimes_, and ended with: _cigar_, 5 CHAPTER IV--ENTRANCE ON THE SCENE OF A DOLL She asked it of us; that is to say, commanded us." Once more he inquired, "Will dinner be ready soon?" you. Fix the sum yourself, it shall be counted out to you. Do not fear He thought of Marius, who was a student, and who would probably go with had. "villain," the female Thénardier sprang from the bed, Thénardier grasped side, and her sister's son was her natural heir. The boy, whose name was outburst of inward laughter. while the intelligence was struggling amid so many novel and hitherto "Father, I accuse myself of having been an adulteress. you. I am afraid of Monsieur Javert. I am afraid of my good Monsieur personal expiation, the expiation for one's self. But he did not Gutenberg-tm trademark, and any other party distributing a Project with a heavy pair of shears, the second with weighing-tongs, the third himself that there was not one of those short hairs which did not belong age, her heart was cold. It was not her fault; it was not the faculty off with a Russian, Where fair maids go. Lon la. remained impassive; and Marius could not refrain from admiring at such a and said gently to Madame Magloire:-- latter's clothes, which were broadly rent, felt his breast, and assured there. and one says of the escaped thief: "How did he contrive to scale that her chamber greatly puzzled, and on the staircase had dropped this "Ah, come! Are there no such things as pewter forks and spoons?" irritating than shoes that squelch, and go _ghi, ghi, ghi,_ the whole the most profound depths of our thought. It was, no doubt, under the effort in speaking in this manner: side. White cloudlets floated across the sky, so gayly, that one would charge of the young workman in the Rue Plumet. The writing had been Fantine had not seen Javert since the day on which the mayor had torn Death, that signifies entrance into the great light. he created. He directed everything by a sort of invisible and constant At all events, to return to the Place de la Bastille, the architect The grave-digger took some more earth on his shovel. Fauchelevent the mother of some one of you. Well, let that man go, and make haste, to and becomes _le boulanger_ (the baker), who puts the bread into the Let us not weary of repeating, and sympathetic souls must not forget Corinthe house and forming a right angle; the larger shut off the Rue The well-being of man, that was what they wanted to extract from "Take the spy." him, knot about his feet, draw him to them; he is conscious that he is nor what was his history. For in his history there is a fault, and my "Twenty-three francs!" cried the woman, with an enthusiasm which was The vocal mother said to the prioress in a low voice Fantine's face seemed strangely illuminated at that moment. what threatens our head or our purse! Let us think only of that which hatchway of the staircase, and a voice said:-- will pay as though I occupied a room." "And you are right," replied the Bishop. "As one makes one's philosophy, At the same time that weary men demand repose, accomplished facts demand candlesticks. But that within him which had spoken had not finished. The to answer:-- improbable. But what would you have me do about it? it is the fact. I CHAPTER V--VAGUE FLASHES ON THE HORIZON remarkable that these performances, tolerated and encouraged, no doubt, Éponine turned to the five ruffians. demanded bread, replied to all combatants crying: "Something to eat!" the same step towards this yawning precipice, at the bottom of which surface of these causeless ebullitions; one does not perceive the hydra which comes from _gaïztoa_, evil; _sorgabon_, good night, which comes We shall have no further occasion to speak of M. Félix Tholomyès. Let us "I have the priority," observed Laigle, "but I have no home." "The palettes," replied the dental professor, "are the front teeth, the of varying shades of green on the white of the closed shutters; but "But she will hear." "Mr. Mayor," he said, "I shall continue to serve until I am superseded." two teeth were lacking. He flung in a third shovelful. "This is what I call being good: being nice and coming and living here,- One day, nevertheless, his strange manner appeared to produce an late; the person was already in the thicket, night had descended, and The just man frowns, but never smiles with a malicious sneer. We need nothing except for her, he should fear nothing except for her. He hot, when the hair is black, when the head is erect on the body like the "That's settled," said the grandfather. Napoleon, encountered at Waterloo, the first knot under the blows of his Then all is said, the tempest is loosed, stones rain down, a fusillade electricity of passion, these two souls which were laden with love as ended by seeming severe. The eye shone beneath its lashes like a fire This shot still betokened life. From that instant forth he encountered of reconciling these two duties, but nothing within the limits of Some person in that gloom? Nothing so closely resembles a dream as Then he executed a pirouette on his heel; a moment later, the old woman, strange for such services, honorable manners. "What has Mademoiselle Euphrasie to do with the question?" inquired the The man seated himself again, and said, without raising his voice, "I am which was a unique copy. His bookcase with glass doors was the wife, asked for a mutton cutlet, paid six or seven sous for it, wrapped down over the coat, and laid the torn morsel against the tattered skirt. sole exit of the Rue Droit-Mur into the Rue Petit-Picpus. _He made sure of long ladders placed on two wheels and forming barrows at their rear Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange, Il vivait. Il mourut physiognomy was composed of all the grimaces of an old mountebank, He was looking at the dome of the Invalides, which was visible from It was thought that he must, in the past, have lived a country life, only attached to the bed now by one leg. crime; he is like a well-whetted knife; he has two cutting edges, his impalpable; in other words, to bestow a few hours on real life, and to The conventionary opened his eyes again. A gravity mingled with gloom anguish, of its discouragements and its destitutions, of its fevers, of The prisoner of the ruffians, M. Leblanc, M. Urbain Fabre, the father of ever seen her yet. Beautiful with a beauty which was wholly feminine and from the prime minister to the rural policeman. He covered with scorn, trusted nevertheless; he is ready for any sort of cool deed; but when he lived by writing things for publishers, that his father had been a In this manner she advanced a dozen paces, but the bucket was full; it the light was furnished by a dormer window of four panes, draped with characterized this insurrection. on whom Jean Valjean was fond of bestowing charity. He never passed this some external and brilliant matter. These ideas, puerile, as we have steamers are to-day. Therefore, galleys were necessary; but the galley direction of the hollow road of Ohain. To all appearance he was one of the wood of Hougomont, he heard the tread of a column on the march; he longer beholds the object which one has before one, and one sees, as The President addressed him:-- "Thank you, sir," said the urchin. called little Fantine. No one knew more than that. This human creature He went away in a very gloomy frame of mind. existence. Only once, one morning, he chanced to say to Cosette: "Why, francs." passport of which he had made use that same year when he went to the One dog may distract the attention from another dog.45 A very gaunt well adapted to be stolen for the benefit of the unfortunate. Stolen "Sure! Eight years have passed! But I recognize him! Ah! I recognize "No; but I wish to guarantee you in any case. You shall give me back youth. At fifteen years of age they appear to be twelve, at sixteen they distributing life around her. The sound of the watering-pot on the a hero. As for Mother Hucheloup, she's an old warrior. Look at her minds which do not eat. If there is anything more heart-breaking than ever existed. He was, in the full force of the term, what is called in A neighbor of the Thénardiers met this mother as she was setting out, One day, Mother Plutarque said to him:-- the wing of a butterfly. She wove garlands of poppies, which she placed CHAPTER XII--THE GUARD The married pair disappeared. battle at Waterloo. He rose, went to the wall at the foot of which stood the panel which we This specimen of Vendean paper money had been nailed to the wall by "Yes." once, profiting by a moment when the new-comers were questioning the Nevertheless, there was something beyond that shadow; there was a light; The Thénardier's hoarse voice replied:-- seen him in that gloom would have thought that what he beheld was a mask Lama, you peoples of the west, who have mingled with your fashions and This took place in 1795. Jean Valjean was taken before the tribunals Three rather long poles, thrust into and consolidated, with the rubbish with the hats of men and women; at the other the four couples seated abruptly, he placed it gently, and resumed his way with a sort of haste hygiene is not much better than ours; shadows, which are Protestant in grew gradually higher by a story or two as they approached the Rue 1811 at the head of the poster. Ah! what a beautiful blue theatre all What purpose do they serve? What do they do?" the banquette of the vault one louis d'or, two five-franc pieces, and dream. Speak, I listen, I admire. Oh Cosette! how strange it is and how except by the door on the Rue de Babylone. Unless seen through the exactness is kindness, he was exact. growing out sprinkled with gray. Alas! how illness improvises old-age! Providence intervened. have taken my seat at your table with the thought that if you knew who I At the instant when the soldiers laid their hands upon the unfortunate tubular system for the distribution of fresh water which ends in the second with nearly all the vices of the first, without possessing fallen on the night before, distracted her thoughts. She dared not touch chilled with terror, jogged his brother's elbow; but the elder brother "I consent to live. All is not at an end on earth since we can still disappears. Sinister obliteration of a man. The supreme moment was approaching. It was here, too, that this memorable dialogue took place:-- and Carabine mounts with Carabin into the bark at Saint-Cloud, as "Well," said he, "let us decide upon this; let us do our duty; let us There was also, among the prettiest of them, a charming girl of three Perigueux at Brunies, canton of La Chapelle-Gonaguet. He reached Paris. Royal. It was impossible for the wedding carriages to go directly to beneath an indescribably mournful and eternal joy. The night promised to man. She felt that which she had never felt before--a sensation of Saint-Benoît, mounts to the chin. A robe of serge with large sleeves, session of the Assizes at Arras, was acquainted, in common with the rest voice. It was Grantaire holding a dialogue with an adversary. "Do you love me?" wicked man!" convict is no longer, so to speak, in the semblance of the living. The the memorandum Thénardier wrote, _Received on account, three hundred to the child. Who was this man? Why this interest? Why this hideous Liberation is not deliverance. One gets free from the galleys, but not springing from the earth in the form of Thénardier. popularity of Mademoiselle Mars among that little audience of stormy rage, all of you. I am greatly vexed. I don't understand. You do not just fallen asleep. inn-keeper, but what is your name? I will pay anything you ask. You are Quatre-Nations_, and the Opera-Comique _Feydeau_, the precise spot Candlesticks Into the Fire inexpressible hatred. dignified, honest, and lofty, in a bourgeois fashion; and his great a bank-bill for five hundred francs. I have not touched it. It is for complaints." chair. public prosecutor. He had for his concubine a woman of the town, who heads to return home late that night might be subjected to unpleasant Jean Valjean was sitting in a cross-walk on some planks deposited at the strolls by twos in the solitudes! Blessed and radiant days! I have sort of satisfaction which an armorer would experience on recognizing for a mother or sister. It is unnecessary to say that permission is themselves to be forgotten. They soon elbowed him abruptly. the grand crisis, the grand test. _brioches_ [blunders]. This letter comes from the barricade of the Rue would be pure and admirable in his sight; that men beheld his mask, but shall be left without resources; there will be nothing left for me but family be so rich on retiring from service that he is made minister disaster. The desperate route traversed Genappe, traversed Quatre-Bras, THE FAUBOURG DU TEMPLE head bodily beyond the point formed by the front of the Dallemagne shop, in anything. As an offset, he laughed at everything. At five and twenty "You are very wicked; that you are! This what I wanted to say; I could The spot where Javert was leaning was, it will be remembered, situated established at Florence by Philip de Neri, and the Oratory of France, protection of all over each is called Fraternity. The point of apples from--Well, no matter, a theft had been committed, a wall scaled, agreement, exchange not a word on the subject, are less rare than is "At what time will the hearse come for the coffin to-morrow?" result of the whole was, in the midst of human society, as it is now down. tumult to silence, from the whirlwind of thunders to the stagnation of conversation, but he did not know why he had not dared to put the "Will dinner be ready soon?" said the man. enclosure had been circular, the geometrical plan of the alleys would "Yes." penny roll at a baker's, put it in his pocket and forgot it. It appears it was on the day when he entered D----, full of hatred, concealing of the currents, is in the Sainte-Avoye sewer, beyond the Rue Michel-le- a Colonel of the National Guard; such and such a captain went into Bernardines-Benedictines of Martin Verga do not admit widows to their "Mademoiselle," said he, with his cool gravity, "I have here a package presents. While Jean Valjean was building up for Cosette a normal bravely, uttered these words which contain a future: "I was jealous of which lie above it. There were then in Paris two thousand two hundred smoke covered and effaced both cannon and men; after a few seconds, the police-agent had led the other man away; that he knew nothing more; that less homely than Mame Hucheloup. Gibelotte, tall, delicate, white with a He recognized the voice of the eldest daughter. morning. horrible clamor of that irritated hinge should not have disturbed the sacrifice forty?" of passion and sorrow, dilates as the temperature of the soul changes, "I don't know you, but I want to help you. You must be a friend." window-sills, chatting, craning out their heads, and talking from one strange to say, the first symptom of true love in a young man is "I tell you that it is she. You will see." and his thin legs, sometimes traversed this salon on his way to M. de The name of Mondétour paints marvellously well the sinuosities of that admit of extension; and as soon as it touches your neighbors, suicide is "You may say troubled joy, and to-day, after that fatal return of the might have been said: "Two principles are face to face. The white angel her soul a marble which she named Jeanne d'Arc. Two of Louis Philippe's perpetuity; the sole hope, at the distant extremity of the future, that nineteen years in collecting on the floor of the prison. Academy; through the glass door of the neighboring hall of the library "Does it make any difference whether Monsieur arrives at four o'clock He heard the shrill, hard voice of Jondrette utter these words, which All this was so strange and so violent, that there suddenly took place deprived him of the right to take an oath, Chenildieu raised his on the earth, there is no longer any sceptre, but make me a revolution prefer to throw myself head first on the pavement from the fifth story! creatures like herself, who lived in a ray of dawn! Such is the rule of Saint-Benoît, aggravated by Martin Verga. Having nothing wherewith to seal this letter, he contented himself with this name to the hazards of another memory than his own? beneath those extinct lights, people have thought of joy. The sun had then he replaced his watch in his fob. That done, he grasped Le Cabuc "As one family! No. I belong to no family. I do not belong to yours. I perfectly dignified, exclaimed:-- Nevertheless, he struggles. fate has hitched him. Jean Valjean sank moment by moment. He was failing; he was drawing near He sprang out of the tilbury. of them, towards midnight, on a deserted boulevard. They do not seem It had required years for Marius to attain to this flourishing without a grotto. he was. Nor the tremendous uproar of the assault. He merely replied to unpleasant task, and with that mountebank: I, too, am ill; and besides, If you are a stone, be adamant; if you are a plant, be the sensitive Jean Valjean began again: "Did you not tell me that just now that there steadily the while, "Louis XVII.?" supported widows, and adopted orphans; he was like the guardian angel of for the sword took possession of him, and complicated in his mind his taciturn grating was a receiver of stolen goods. In those days, so different from those in which we live, when the hour black. As he wished always to appear in mourning, he clothed himself when that anchor, which weighs tens of thousands, is twisted in the jaws "And you?" the sum of over half a million which belonged to M. Madeleine. This was I? One of the conquered. Oh! if Cosette's six hundred thousand isn't a sou." casemates where crawl, pell-mell, those who bleed and those who deal the was a dogma. What is the use of "half-lights"? Such was the countersign. point that he might have been thought to be absent from himself like a in writing (or by e-mail) within 30 days of receipt that s/he does not man near at hand, and clear up the mystery. But the idea occurred to him The picture of the master, the painting by David which he had proposed uninterruptedly that struggle which tormented him to agony. Up to that dashed into the rigging: no one noticed, at the instant, with what ease together. They shouted to him, "Father Madeleine, come out!" Old "After Napoleon, Louis XVIII. After Mestienne, Gribier. Peasant, my name profound diplomacy, so that he might be seen as much as possible by the Cosette. A strange father, forged from the grandfather, the son, the enormous cavity hollowed out in the centre of Paris. There the glance The storm increased in violence, and the heavy downpour beat upon the gates of Paris that powder-house of suffering and ideas. "I will put the lever through it." Marius, on his side, had gone forth in indignation. There was one the same to have the cross!" they took counsel less of their leaders than of their instincts. There that, having fallen in the Rue de la Chanvrerie, he had been picked up clothed in satin and velvet. Her wedding basket seemed to her to be Cosette nodded gravely. of the town-hall, to be "Madame la Préfète,"--all this had created a low. in order to embrace him, and to question him while so doing, and to find The man unfolded the paper and glanced at it; but his thoughts were Those words, "make her your mistress," entered the heart of the strict ribbon. I regret the bride's garter. The bride's garter is cousin to the longer honest, Soult had won no battles; it is true that Napoleon had no improvements have transformed from top to bottom,--resulting in "Fourthly, for such a journey a cabriolet would be too heavy, and would the Cæsars once knew, to make the lowest of words the most lofty by from the gloomy edifice which towered above the garden. At the moment hands; she could hardly lift the pail. trifles of straw and cocoanuts. was not aware of the peculiar detail, that his father, so far as "I am the capitoul52 and the master of the floral games!" the impulses of paladins. Heavy masses, the multitudes which are fragile being, whose movements had a sort of odd abruptness in the darkness, had who says very pious says a trifle bigoted; there are just as many vices charming threat of flying low. He who was there aspired to happiness; scolded himself more than he deserved, he stared at the wall which epistle had slipped Marius' mind. He had seen the writing rather than "Sire, a post-office." God passes on to the following act. absorbed in gloomy reflections, the prisoner did not stir. Still, Marius On the following day he did not come. with every sort of mire, while waiting for some wheel to crush them. the convent, the archbishop mentioned it with approval, and in a whisper Nothing could be more melancholy than to see her sport about the room, mistake it for one of those subterranean corridors, which were so common magnetic action. A word was sufficient for him, sometimes a sign; the width, at the spring of the vaults as well as at the bottom, in order to disguise, Clowns of seven years of age, Columbines of six, ravishing arm on Sundays. The man raised his eyes. "Here you! Pull the straw off that chair!" The deeper one goes, the more mysterious are the toilers. The work Cosette gazed at the marvellous doll in a sort of terror. Her face was there is no longer any Carnival. died alone. They had taken up position for this final action, some on forced vocations, feudalism bolstered up by the cloister, the right of Polonceau. That hymn of the angels which he had heard in the middle enthusiasm for the idea. He did not perceive that, along with genius, deliver over your daughters to the police. Friends, have a care, have of the cannon parked in the courtyard of the Louvre. The students were License terms from this work, or any files containing a part of this Then he experienced a giddiness. beams, which it was its office to transport, but the mastodons and At that word Jean Valjean trembled in every limb. He fixed on Marius a an old man who had been an egoist all his life, and who, towards the end noticed this movement and continued with the deliberation of an orator rolled aside. Perhaps this is it." yellowish daubing hue, tolerably like that with which people are fond of a point of steel. The Bishop quivered under it; no reply occurred to same in the case of all lovers. Thus, Cosette never objected to any of existence which is not theirs. Grantaire was one of these men. He was Between nine o'clock and half-past ten the whole army, incredible as it for you! I can imagine this in a journal: 'M. Gillenorman, minister!' "Father," pursued Marius, "my good father, if you only knew! I love her. Fanaticism, Tyranny, beware of the gaping gamin. only object the preservation of the rising of a star from every shadow on, some trace of his passage into Ain, in the territory of Civrieux, This was only the strictly logical consequence of the change which had she laughed softly; the joy of a mother is almost infantile. transformed since he quitted it. A new city has arisen, which is, after The stranger fumbled in his waistcoat, bent over and placed a louis d'or "The young man was myself, and here is the coat!" cried Marius, and he the whole success which he produced is contained in this remark of an -had been unknown to him. Now, a change had taken place; his whole sheet and hung near the floor. It was that of the old man. her heart, which nothing relieved, and which augmented every day; she no had been able to make a secret, sewer-like passage on his own property, state of sinister amazement when he could lead his tumultuous legions this singular composite of the Roman, the Spartan, the monk, and the sadness, Cosette so sad that she did not notice Jean Valjean's majestic silence of the eternal heavens. Then he bent down swiftly to It was at this epoch that Marius, after the lapse of six months, saw her CHAPTER I--THE SURFACE OF THE QUESTION crying:-- an error, to resume his own name, to become once more, out of duty, the lighted by a skylight. The prisoner had on his feet fetters weighing truth to the invalid would, without doubt, deal her a terrible blow, and They all had the air of having lived a long time ago, and of obstinately great deal of brow in a face is like a great deal of horizon in a view. "It is not that." "Look in my pockets; you will find a watch and a purse. Take them." La nuit on ne voit rien, his harsh reception had repelled the lad, that his hardness was driving picked it up and unfolded the blue paper. I denounce myself. If I do not denounce myself? come, let us see how it The prisoner paused thoughtfully for a moment, then he took the pen and "It is a piece of eight, new model, brass," added Combeferre. "Those metaphors showered by the château upon the thatched cottage ticketed in situated, or to get out of it, it was necessary to traverse the Bishop's "Mon Dieu! You might have shouted 'stop thief' a bit, and I should not philosophy there beholds a residuum. frail despot. Viewed on its dwarfed and grotesque side, this was that sur M., wrote, or, more correctly, caused to be written, a letter every It is an admirable thing that the poetry of a people is the element of myself, and I arrest myself, and I execute myself, and when one holds over. The wheels hold you fast, the glance has ensnared you. It has singular again instantly. So you are going to be perfectly contented in His bedroom was tolerably large, and rather difficult to warm in bad of her small size, but the head of her doll was visible. "This isn't New Year's day Jean Valjean drew near to the old man, and said to him in a grave where Javert was bound to the post, only a single insurgent with a naked but he is a thief. He did not kill Javert, but he is a murderer." The grandeur and beauty of France lies in this, that she takes less from "The horses take up all the space." is true," said one young man to a full grown man, "you are the father of face presented a shade which was not habitual with it,--timidity and himself back, and he was suddenly terrified by this unprecedented be able to see distinctly that strange thing that each one individual five years exclaimed one day: "Mother! one of the big girls has just was a little more rain, and a cloud traversing the sky out of season from left to right in the sort of mute and melancholy protest with which conquered; and that a struggle, a colossal and final struggle, had been violet velvet sown with bees, with hats à la Henri IV. They were sake of strolling there, but to seat himself always in the same spot, case, provided for by a special code, was punished by an addition of tattered fragment which had been a piece of an old carpet, a thin was at that time, in the direct acceptation of the word, a race to the "The reds, the reds!" retorted Bahorel. "A queer kind of fear, "Why, it's the old lady," said the lad. "Good day, Bougonmuche. I have "Not all wheels fit all axles, sir." chilled with terror, jogged his brother's elbow; but the elder brother replaced her. Why?" decide, contrary to all the regulations of the police, contrary to the their heads. equal aptitude for handling the sabre or the musket as a soldier, or As for myself, I have written for all, with a profound love for my own which a candle was burning. On a table lay a pen, a leaden inkstand and "They are beginning too soon!" and all at once, a squadron of dragoons This well has not in front of it that large blue slab which forms the will cover the coffin with the pall." "With her injured hand." opponent as though a sort of incorruptible and imperturbable instinct to a full knowledge of that rare, sweet, and sublime man, that species to him. They exchanged a few words in a low tone. The man had again gentle, and addressing the smaller:-- Marius slowly ascended the boulevard towards the barrier, in order to passes through the sewer. The Saint-Barthélemys filter through there, in the world that is cheap except trouble; you can get that for nothing, self flat on one's face during the office in front of the prioress until word from you may enlighten. The instant is solemn; there is still time exhorting. When the time of his departure approached, he resolved to "You must know that we have parents. Parents--you do not know much about bring a coat that is too large, and two miserable hospital blankets, you "And here is the lantern. Go down as quick as you can." 1815. I left a year later. He has the air of a brute now; but it must be On his second turn, he bent over his daughter, who was watching this "Yes, sir," said the child; "it cuts salad and the heads of flies." land. The festival of gilliflowers was something splendid. Nothing he added: "Little fellow yourself." commands. If you had a little more faith, and if you could have been sisters, men just, old men blessing children, the past loving the "This morning my father told me to settle all my little affairs and to CHAPTER III--MOTHER INNOCENTE tribunals, executory sentences, the police and the authorities? Javert for this imperturbable veracity. The Abbé Sicard speaks of Sister had become terrible. The vocal mothers added: "He is a brother of Father Fauvent." work? She who wishes to remain virtuous must not have pity on her hands. is sufficient to cause the soul to enter into the palace of dreams. Nicolette. We will have nothing to do with your dinner, Madame. And my this motto: _Supervision and vigilance_, and on the other this note: ago, which used to say: "Half of the works of Shakespeare consists of The man followed him. of tradition among ruffians and assassins. He was at the head of A third shovelful of earth fell. The old woman straightened herself up in a fury. Fauchelevent went on:-- one. Magnon played the lady, and talked no thieves' slang in their arm-chair, and several plain chairs which were encumbered with excess of sacrifice strengthens; they no longer cherished any hope, but CHAPTER VIII--THE CHAIN-GANG under Kléber at Marchiennes and at the battle of Mont-Palissel, where smiling ambush. kitchen appropriated for the ambulance, the dressing of the wounded out through the door, with their fingers on their lips. mental aberration and a suicide.--"In fact," thought Jean Valjean, the little glass which the doctor of the infirmary used to see whether It had rained all night, the earth had been cut up by the downpour, the himself incapable of a malevolent feeling, experienced moments when "Why is their bread so bitter here?" Kosciusko. Aubry the Butcher? and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Misérables cannot in the cellar. mystification in the open street. He was not in a very good humor at the Combeferre, who was standing beside Enjolras, scrutinized this young chirping began. They talked low. Marius, resting on his elbow on his However, and those who have observed the depths of the human heart will Providence intervened. her, and who held that child as his light, his home, his family, his soldiers; the 79th Highlanders had lost 24 officers wounded, 18 officers so that your young lady might make no difficulty about following her. his mind to the extraordinary realities which were clashing around him. name was Thénardier. I think that he has recently been keeping a "The police agent. Do you know his name?" as they are kind, both easily and simply. The father of a woman whom we sometimes succeeded in picking up a green apple or a spoiled apricot or fifty francs from the mayor, told her that she was no longer employed everything was a vision to him now. His judgment was disturbed. Marius, "After Napoleon, Louis XVIII. After Mestienne, Gribier. Peasant, my name be felt in that chill of the tomb. looking, and without his frightened gaze quitting the rag which "Sir!" exclaimed Thénardier, with a smile, "I will conduct you, sir." strategy of the African generals dashed itself. Its caverns, its pocket, together with the pocket-book, and began his walk once more. the lower classes. He condemned nothing in haste and without taking cannon battering the barricade. It was very narrow. chance. You know, one does have such freaks sometimes. The professor was _and_; and their existence is not their own; it is the other side of an Between the attack of the past and the attack of the future, the A few moments later, Marius made his appearance. He entered. Even before and that Pedasus whom the naiad Abarbarea bore to the blameless the counting-house; and they defended the shop, that immense diminutive handling the flower instinctively, innocently, without a suspicion that when he laughed, he was a tiger. As for the rest, he had very little dim; no more radiance. His tears were also exhausted; they no longer We have described the catastrophe of the road of Ohain. The heart is The result was, what is called in geometry, _the symmetrical image_; so farewell: "I break a cane, otherwise expressed, I cut my stick, or, as lips to it. too much thought as to how he should set the bloodhounds of the pack on appeared to limp. his compact. He came to see the children every six months. He did not Thénardier resumed in his decided tone:-- shattered; Guilleminot's fatal heedlessness when he had neither petard dinners. Ask 'em what they do with their money. They don't know. They in the investigation directed against Thénardier in the matter of his and replied in a sort of bewilderment:-- CHAPTER VII--NAPOLEON IN A GOOD HUMOR to be more of an invalid than a doctor. At three and twenty he thought He recognized the fact that he was not an innocent man unjustly vertical; when one is at the bottom of them, time is required to return market-porter, its lazzarone is the pègre, its cockney is the native of If this letter seems to you of service in enlightening some minds and in careless happiness of the leisure which has wings; on the other, the renown, which are saluted with no trumpet blast. Life, misfortune, fallen. to summon the gendarmes and say to them: "This man is yours!" then to go fathom. In spite of your possessing Rome, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Turin, his back, and fastened him to that celebrated post in the middle of the that he took a bath in the Seine without being aware of it. There are a sort of fantastic personification of the forest. At the foot of this water had accumulated here and there in the hollows of the plain as if hardly produced a shock; it had not even paid to vanquished royalty the "The Rue Plumet, the Rue Plumet, did you say?--Let us see!--Are there women's voices, but voices composed at one and the same time of the pure there. asunder. Thus, the Gallic Society, and the committee of organization of At nightfall, Javert had posted his men and had gone into ambush himself away his sack of tools, or his back-basket, or his hod. leaves filled Father Mabeuf's soul with ecstasy. It seemed to him that spectacle, with a confusion of cherubim and Cupids over the heads of the "Where?" depths of his own gloom, he had contrived to grasp more than one hovering over Thermopylæ, cried to him: limb. of it, but could not accomplish his flight fully. He was missing at him.23 the wheat. In the evening they can be heard laughing. These groups, army; the English grape-shot and the Prussian grape-shot aiding each the night out again." Mademoiselle Gillenormand had ascended to About half-past two, Fantine began to be restless. In the course of "Then--" On the following day there was a fire. But the two arm-chairs were on my bed against the moment of my waking?" They smashed the only street lantern in the Rue de la Chanvrerie, breaking of a heart under a weight of scorn. 'Tis the overflow of agony The statues under the trees, white and nude, had robes of shadow pierced therein lies the marvel of its unity complicated with ubiquity, has one would feel on beholding a smiling angel slowly unfold his wings, chisel, which emitted a threatening glow. It was a charming and terrible sight. Gavroche, though shot at, was "Thank you, sir," said the urchin. vicinity of the Orme-Saint-Gervais. He was adorned with a woman's faint, almost indistinct reddish glow, which vaguely empurpled the diocese dance attendance in their person, who are connecting links troops were re-loading their arms. CHAPTER VIII--THE VETERANS THEMSELVES CAN BE HAPPY "Go," said Jean Valjean. thousand." comic and sad, juvenile and senile, which was rubbing its eyes; nothing his was no longevity of a cracked pot; this jovial old man had always father's memory from the debtors' prison. By the side of this duty there the ocean sweep over her! What matters it to her? She is a sponge that astonishment. "Ah! by the way," resumed his wife, "you don't forget that I'm going to The prioress, without adding a word, rose and entered the adjoining placed himself in a sort of embrasure which he had reserved for himself, Montorgueil, Rue Mandar, groups appeared waving flags on which could be an inhabited pear on the sly. I will now cede the privilege of speech had torn him from death at the peril of his own life, executed on the pages, towards the first of January, 1823, on a snowy evening, one of Then he thrust his shovel into the earth and added:-- Cosette was no less terrified, but in a different way. She did not The nocturnal prowler whom we have just shown to the reader was going declining. What lay below was not water, it was a gulf. The wall of the quay, we attack it, and we try to kill it. peasants!" in order to take the branch coach for Gaillon. I know nothing of Marius' accomplished by a simple elevation of level. Cosette learned that she was not the daughter of that old man whom she This caused Éponine to follow him to the Rue Plumet, a thing which "Here it is." wife busies herself, grows passionately fond of handling coin, gets her out over the Quai Bourdon, covered the Bastille, and was prolonged on infamous, infamous and that's what I think of you, of your ideas, of the light, was occupied with flowers, with verses, with music, which puerilely, but profoundly serene. His habits of mind had the regular retrograde movement took place, the English front hid itself, Wellington that strange young man, so long indifferent and icy, who now seemed to sweeps up the mud, and the ragpicker who collects scraps. With the aid of the darkness, it seemed a sort of apparition. An "Ask my pardon! Throw yourself on my neck!" 1789; these soldiers are priests. The French revolution is an act of Popincourt, and which falls into the Seine through the Amelot sewer He paused, and seemed to be talking to himself for a moment. One would himself? Evidently he did not. But beneath the pressure of that the formidable noise which she made when she blew her nose. The pupils inebriety, into which Enjolras had roughly and abruptly thrust him, an The poor beast was, in fact, going at a walk. Carnival to the Parisians. to pay fifteen francs. There you have it, conscript." in a hook. He visited Paris very rarely, and so rarely that Marius had Evening had arrived, night had almost closed in; on the horizon and in "Get off of our trap and spin that wedding." "There was once a King and a Queen. Oh! how happy I am!" Voltaire at their head; the Utopians, Rousseau at their head,--these are of working-women to nine sous. Seventeen hours of toil, and nine sous a CHAPTER II--THE LOWEST DEPTHS Picton was dead. At the very moment when the English had captured from "Yes," answered the old spinster; "it is a disease." from Passy to come to the river and water their horses. This inclined on their side, placed videttes at the corners of all open spaces, and "To-morrow you shall have some dainty little green silk boots!" said the to her to be clothed in light. He was absorbed in a sort of prayer. She Saint-Joseph (Mademoiselle de Cogolludo), Mother Sainte-Adélaide seventeenth century once more in the Ponceau drain of the old Rue would eventually have noticed that when there was any errand to be Then the bourgeois shouts: "Long live the people!" l'Homme Armé. moment of his arrival, and warn him of the trap? But Jondrette and his of the gunners could be distinguished lying beneath the wheels of the property democratic, not by abolishing it, but by making it universal, He wavered outwardly as well as inwardly. He walked like a little child and infirm workmen. As his factory was a centre, a new quarter, in which made for that; it errs gayly, our gentle love. It has been said, error "Boys, can retreat be thought of? Think of old England!" laughter. "I know what it is. A billet-doux." Beside the vaudeville aspirants, another group, which was also taking wretchedness in the galleys, long misery outside the galleys, had Avenue de Neuilly; the white flag, showing faintly rosy in the setting possible, a breach for the assault. the other; all have need of each other. The light does not bear away room. had fancied that she was asleep. He bent down and looked at her. He remained a long time thus. One could remain for eternity in such told me that I have only nine years and ten months longer to remain However, insurrection, riot, and points of difference between the former Nasica, the ox of discipline, _bos disciplinæ_, the bloodhound of the vaulted three thousand metres of sewer in all quarters of the city, from left-handed renders you very enviable. A squint is highly esteemed. he thought of what the weather had been, of the leafless trees, of the that hospital. Now, if there are any fathers among you, fathers whose escape having his head cut off. If any young man ventured to pronounce resources are lacking him to concept of a library of electronic works that could be freely shared "I authorize you to hit 'em a tremendous whack." him for some time while he was taking off his knapsack. "Answer me!" cried Fantine. was flung from the Charlemagne yard into the Lions' Ditch, over the terminated with these lines:-- who was still young,--he was only seventy-four,--lived in the Faubourg the candle extinguished, he felt himself invisible. Then he took he had been traced and followed. Cosette had been obliged to give way. in the case, that the latter had some interest in remaining in the expression which all children will understand. shivered and trembled. She had always been exposed completely naked thought you, I should not have been kind to you, not I! You would have "What else remains?" has any one done to that gamin?" and how he had made his way into the garden. It seemed so simple to her seemed very pretty indeed to him. Combeferre represented its philosophy. Between the logic of the _Tête-Noir_, where Castaing had not yet been; they treated themselves briskly near the man. It was Gavroche. The man was Montparnasse. contrary to the regulations. They had slipped into the garden and there bearing of their heads interfered with by the shouts of laughter which CHAPTER IX--MARIUS PRODUCES ON SOME ONE WHO IS A JUDGE OF THE MATTER, THE EFFECT OF BEING DEAD reassured. All at once, on turning round, he thought he perceived in the and, at certain instants, the ideas which obstruct that sublime brain tear gathered slowly. When the eyelid was full, the tear trickled down "By the way, Monsieur Fabre, I might as well say it to you at once." "In any case," he said, "if she is the Lark, I shall see her, for the of the divine Shakespeare which we sold one evening that we might sup! I CHAPTER II--IN WHICH LITTLE GAVROCHE EXTRACTS PROFIT FROM NAPOLEON THE standing near the door. He entered and advanced to the Bishop, making a glided out of the house. It was only nine o'clock in the evening. Marius yielded in the little one's interest, and had transferred his love to even, which are easily alarmed, to the habits and purposes of the Enjolras made a sign to the four men. In the twinkling of an eye, before could not be distinguished. Thénardier. These men had evidently chosen this vacant space in order are outbursts of supreme terror, whence springs wrath like a mournful a strange and bitter aftertaste. M. Madeleine opened his mouth in amazement. Javert interrupted him:-- "But it's true!" he cried, examining it. "A real hind wheel! and not eating to prevent the stable boy of the inn from stealing his oats; for The water filtered into certain subjacent strata, which were in, his mother says to him: 'Ah! mon Dieu! my peace of mind is gone. admirable thing for the police to be on such intimate juggling terms CHAPTER III--A BURIAL; AN OCCASION TO BE BORN AGAIN was enough to make any one, even a nun, weep. The sister, accustomed as recurred to him in throngs, but without troubling him. He left none of Marius could no longer bend over Jean Valjean without becoming dizzy. the wine folks drank in my house had been poison to those who drank it! replied, lowering her eyes and her voice respectfully:-- He took her up and carried her again. Cosette laid her head on the And Cosette answered:-- to tell you his real name. And to tell it to you for nothing." "That is where we are going?" "Citizens," pursued Enjolras, "this is the Republic, and universal For orphans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500 " twisted iron, and their long windows, whose tiny panes cast all sorts from the pretty. Hence a lively taste for plain girls. Not a sound from without made its way into the convent. But there was forced to become a bad woman. Now you understand how it is that that indiscreet and curious:-- "The gouty old creature in English gaiters!" he said; _"let him take apples,--an awkward matter couched in fine style; but Bénigne Bossuet an ultra-royalist and an ultra-Voltairian. This variety of man has "Let's cut. What are we up to here?" surprising could be seen. astride of it, let themselves slip, one after the other, along the rope, Suffocation of the soul. with the chain for a backbone, somewhat after the fashion of millepeds. keep the peace, was an increase of complication. A harmony established A little girl without a doll is almost as unhappy, and quite as to Labarre?" The Utopia which grows impatient and becomes revolt knows what awaits _man_. He would gladly have said: _Hombre_, like the Spanish. He with sombre eyes at that velvet bonnet, that silk mantle, and that Enjolras hastily quitted the urchin and murmured a few words in a very She asked it of us; that is to say, commanded us." The man resumed tranquilly, "Put me in the stable." to whom it was addressed was, at that moment, in solitary confinement. Facts, however, are awkward things to disconcert, and they are wrote:-- "Chonodemaire, one of the seven German kings who entered among the Gauls the corridor, and the proprietors of these lots on both sides thought he closed again instantly, was a kind of moderately spacious attic, Javert was in heaven at that moment. Without putting the thing clearly greater! Ladies, take the advice of a friend; make a mistake in your Thénardier opened the gate a little way, allowing just sufficient space catechisms, books of hours, etc.,--charges to write, sermons to Empire presented itself to him; he felt a flood swelling and rising with his elbows. They were evidently ready to hurl themselves upon him. stagnant gulf. And, in proportion as labor diminishes, needs increase. He addressed himself to Cochepaille:--