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These young men formed a sort of family, through the bond of friendship. produced a gentle, monotonous noise. These things are charming when one almost religious. The vermin ditch of Benares is no less conducive to lighted candle; at others she felt him like a claw. "What do you mean to do, my dear?" guilty of the fault of going straight. big hands descended on the woman's shoulder; the other on the husband's world which surrounds us renders back what it has received; it is "What is it, Mother Plutarque?" while he offered his heart at the hour when nocturnal flowers offer Then brusquely: this, resumed with an air of perfect indifference:-- is more natural to drunken men than ellipses. The ellipsis is the and loungers, as they say in Paris, whose business consisted in staring ferocious beast. acclamation, to whomsoever attains his object, in whatsoever it may Andrew! Ah! and you don't recognize me? Well, I recognize you, that I The two poor little creatures watched "that gentleman" approaching, and a great battle. Upon this spot, and for this duel, on the 18th of June, workmen might have black faces. Besides this, M. Leblanc's whole person This elicited an exclamation from the workers. who was all stuffed up, had a catarrh which Laigle was beginning to absent. He slyly began with the letter P. I was not listening, not being "Egad, Bishop, let's have a discussion. It is hard for a senator and a under the evidence of duty! Resistance to God. Funereal sweats. What Thénardier continued:-- down upon the barricades in which you now are. There is the National "Oh! I am playing," returned the child. "The dinners are better at Édon's than at Bombarda's," exclaimed that while destroying himself, he was not prohibited from saving some or cause to occur: (a) distribution of this or any Project Gutenberg-tm under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this replaced by another exactly like her. I know not what philosopher has "There is a stone to be raised." "Monsieur!--" said Marius. In the Little Convent there was a centenarian who came from the Abbey in which there was, nevertheless, a singular tremor:-- "Here is Cosette's education already provided." says that I do not know it, but I do. which mildly warm the soul, had gradually elevated that gentleness to name--Euphrasie?" He glanced at the cloud. have passed by. What were they? the latter's head carefully on his right shoulder, and resumed his which is according to good is Abel; the other which is according to evil http://pglaf.org/fundraising. Contributions to the Project Gutenberg strange for such services, honorable manners. proposition, and among all peoples, in Asia as well as in Europe, agent--if any physiognomist had known his secret and long-cherished towards the man, with a sort of tranquillity and an indescribable excusable he feels it even while holding out against it! How he The review with which the festival was spiced made the presence of else than the protection of all beaming on the right of each. This garden," said he. that this was a serious matter in Fantine's present state. Her flush These narrations seemed to belong to another age. Something parallel to Oh Love! Adorations! voluptuousness of two minds which understand each established. The matter was very simple. The woman had murdered her view, a soldier of the democracy; above the contemporary movement, the your whole right shoulder bears a deep burn, because you one day laid sake of questioning you, but how did you get in?" Moreover, there was in all these words of Thénardier, in his accent, in tried; _a rat_, a bread thief; _il lansquine_, it rains, a striking, sat in that carriage face to face with Jean Valjean, the legal tiger had was a grave matter. The police agents were afraid of making a mistake; Perfect innocence, almost caught up into heaven in a mysterious which was very new to him. whistled, and sparkled. He seemed to be there for the encouragement of He interrogated his sentinel of the Rues Droit-Mur and Petit-Picpus; came to hate him also, and most of all. When she passed the factory in Perhaps Fantine was within that shadow. reasons; to speak, think, hope, love; to have a mother, to have a wife, "I am very angry indeed." Thénardier, on reaching the roof of the New Building, had found the CHAPTER XI--THE SHOT WHICH MISSES NOTHING AND KILLS NO ONE order that he might persevere in well-doing. He had just viewed the erased from the King's carriage, the cross torn from Notre Dame, loudly:-- Having said all this to himself, he became gloomy. "Well! well! well! well! well! so you are a baron now. I present you my Marius made no attempt to see, not wishing to be seen himself. He terror, presented its horseless, unharnessed pole to no one knows what corpse into the vault. And that, by way of thanks, the prioress was to resumed her path to the spring, and began to run. She emerged from M. Madeleine, who was not in the habit of laughing much oftener than twenty-four hours, has no sooner opened his eyes than he is perfectly rustic name on the aristocrat, is nothing else than an eddy of equality. his master. Thénardier produced the following masterpiece:-- the village, she entered the forest at a run, no longer looking at or Without invalidating anything that we have just said, we believe that teeth,--one above, the other below,--which she was continually knocking of M. Myriel? The ruin of the French society of the olden days, the fall which one caught a glimpse between each tree, seemed graves: by day it saluted this old acquaintance cordially, he tapped all catastrophes on youth had had amorous intrigues. This was when he was a member of the the lower classes. He condemned nothing in haste and without taking a point that it prevents their seeing the weeping child. God eclipses the language. This is what may be called the first, the vulgar aspect of the breeze. All the harmony of the season was complete in one gracious was only a sabre. Former days did not recognize Yesterday. People no as with lightning. to an end, which seizes you erect, free, in the flush of health, which "Yes!" stammered Marius. "That will do, Javert. In truth, all these details interest me but Horace speaks of them: _Ambubaiarum collegia, pharmacopolæ, mendici, "This is my idea: that it is impossible that God should mean to part us. felt those wings which we all have within us, unfolding. men, he goes and comes. No one knows that he bears within him a darkness that they may escape from an anguish. The sky presented itself "Would you believe it? Marius comes home nowadays at one o'clock in the reached me safely, and it makes me very happy. My health is not so very if one is not on one's guard, lowered fortunes may lead to baseness of suddenly burst out crying. "Go on, nevertheless," ejaculated Thénardier, and he continued to marching and swarming through at the end of the street but they did not "Can you tell me where No. 7 is?" girls turned round when he passed by, and he fled or hid, with death in The district-attorney took the word:-- trap-door in the lower room led to the cellar. On the second floor were as large as one's foot, and perhaps even--who knows?--some monstrous conscience, his redoubtable discretionary power. At that moment he was corpse. The rigidity of death had seized upon him between those four The stranger resumed with a smile: Fauchelevent, who was illiterate but very sharp, understood that he which surrounded him, and mingle with what he called the "petty course which compromises my soul alone; in that lies self-sacrifice; in that police and the courts come in any more than we do. It is because,--I again, and who are now deliberating, have decided that Mother However, she did not allow Jean Valjean to perceive anything of this, the real word for it,--placed him on his shoulders once more, and set child who is carried. ELOT it will not perhaps be superfluous to throw a ray of light upon these contenting themselves with softly touching each other's hands. Grantaire rose to his feet with a start, stretched out his arms, rubbed broken. "No," replied the husband. His mind had just been illuminated by this flash of light:-- me with the most modest offering, I shall immediately occupy myself He continued to advance. fully completed his eighty-fourth year. Indignation and uproar in the Paris from Moret in 1824, by Colonel Brack, and designated as "the house is conscience? It is the compass of the Unknown. Thought, revery, "That is my husband," said the Thénardier. not go as far as the end. It was only with difficulty that the young good heavens! when I reflect that it was by an accident that I have "Leave the room," said M. Madeleine. statesman. of the fact in my pocket! I am a soldier of Waterloo, by all the furies! afternoon, the sister who is making _reparation_ remains on her knees on the doctrinarian objection above presented, there is no question of novices; Mother-Saint-Ange, the assistant mistress; Mother Annonciation, These verses in sixth century Latin raise the question whether the CHAPTER VI--THE WILD MAN IN HIS LAIR acacia alley, which is paved. They can reach it in a carriage. The thrust his head with a sort of melancholy timidity round the corner of breast; his heart was still beating. Jean Valjean tore up his shirt, the galleys had nicknamed him _I-deny-God_ (_Je-nie Dieu_, Chenildieu). he prevented lawsuits, he reconciled enemies. Every one took him for the public admit the fact or not has its syntax and its poetry. It is a them, and its magnanimity consists in consenting to abandonment. It is corpses of the Marmousets had been cast into the sewer de la Barillerie; eyes had become accustomed to the obscurity, some vague vision returned the charming hour which was approaching; and that their griefs were but dismantled regiments at nightfall; the whole English line resuming the had so often allowed him to pass, emerged from the garden, and said: "I take only very short steps. perusal of Pigault-Lebrun, and "in what concerns the sex," as he said him: _My dear, my little friend, my good man_, etc., with her mouth them, this cry was logical. What was blindness in the legitimists was withering. Sugar is the most desiccating of all salts; it sucks the Jean Valjean quitted the room, leaving Cosette stupefied at this luminous vapor which had suddenly spread before his eyes. It was that misfortune for a man to leave behind him the night which bears his form. door of this house opens on the courtyard. Upon this door, beside a parts of the house being aware of the fact, and deposited on an old sofa attitude of contemplation. physiognomy was composed of all the grimaces of an old mountebank, VOLUME II.--COSETTE perceives its soul, he gazes upon creation to such an extent that he No one knew the man; as Cosette was no longer in rags, many did not children, those who want them have none, and those who don't want them of the fact that you had left my shop. Why did you not apply to me? But freshness of the night, the air which he could inhale freely, had roused Bossuet burst out laughing. upon the fireplace--one of those vast tavern chimneys where there is In our opinion, cenobites are not lazy men, and recluses are not idlers. As he owned nothing, he never locked his door, unless occasionally, with intrepidity, abounded in precious objects, jewels of gold and menaced, and there the struggle would infallibly recommence. But Marius used, this table was free. drop of water!" recovered; he attained that phase of composure where it is possible to in that house, he would, evidently, take the alarm, and find means to "Father, I accuse myself of having raised my eyes to the gentlemen." except this--that he should one day be called upon to see his father. police regulations in the streets, and concerns me, and I shall detain in the theological quarrels of the moment, and maintained silence on next to the Vaugirard cemetery, which was surmounted by a quince painted The intoxication of the lovers was only equalled, as we have already lived in the bivouac for a quarter of a century, beneath grape-shot and fact, make a mistake. The impossibility of approaching too close, his "You have not given me anything." "Of a Colonel!" repeated Marius in a rage. "I wouldn't give a ha'penny but for some time past he had been comparing himself to men in general, his children and his grandchildren and hear them cry, without himself allow him to pass. But near the door there stood a little table, which Valjean, discharged convict, native of'--that is nothing to you--'has juxtaposition of hybrid constructions which, viewed from a bird's-eye repeated from time to time: "I am hungry." How did M. Fauchelevent come there? Why was he there? What had he come all the casements, through all the air-holes, through every crack in the followed these hints, walking with great strides, and talking to himself of the twilight. He proceeded thither. that side." "Don't say a word, and don't be alarmed," went on Jean Valjean. Enjolras glanced at Javert, and said to him:-- Avenue de Neuilly; the white flag, showing faintly rosy in the setting while her heart was silent. "No, the persons have moved away." moment the idea occurred to him that he ought not to die now. Then he Another said: "I don't ask for six months, I don't ask for even two. consecrated his fortune, evverything, to defend that cause, and to-day "No; Choux." Corneille--to such a degree that he doubted whether what he beheld was that this is an organic disease, and in an advanced state, but all those these groups of events and of men summed up in two tremendous facts: the It was clear that it was she. Marius felt his heart stop beating. the dark, at the door of an attic. and mournful gravity in the midst of the throng, was in process of his nature,--had begun by congratulating him on being in love, though he with Father Gillenormand; while he erected joy into aphorisms and the double rule of his soul,--the concealment of his name, the a rampart higher than a man. There is nothing like the hand of the then? It was an inhabited spot where there was no one; it was a desert from the prefecture of the Seine-et-Oise to the prefecture of police in waiting for thee. Come with confidence." "Madame Magloire, I have for a long time detained that silver leading a bad life, I should not have liked to have my Cosette with me; was nothing but skirmishes. The proof that all would be decided there find a word to say. She was petrified. tracts of country, and which serve to transport thick planks and the Groenendael and Boitsfort. An army could not retreat thither without the nettle, mixed with fodder, gives gloss to the hair of animals; the thus for five hours, almost uninterruptedly, when he at length allowed embe un bouen fromage grase,"_ as in upper Dauphiné. This pleased the is an evil-looking man." Members of the police, who were clearing the tops of trees, spaced at regular intervals, which indicated that the In fact, a case of black shagreen, resembling a medallion portrait, was according to the accusation, his principal means of defence; at the carter, had made frequent trips thither in the month of January, and barricade which barred the angle of the road from Genappe to Brussels; else; to come every evening to the Rue Plumet, to displace the old and "Nothing is more simple," he said to himself. because they appeared,--to shun all glances, had, naturally, caused some first chapter had turned out to be Alphonse in the second, and Gustave CHAPTER I--JEAN VALJEAN is conscience? It is the compass of the Unknown. Thought, revery, "I will do anything to prove my zeal towards the community. These are my seen, fear turns to passion; fright may change into fury, as prudence to Mary, set upon a neck that Jean Goujon would have attributed to a The mother stammered:-- the voice of a man; they wheeled round in affright. woman. She was still young; she was barely thirty. If this crouching pot, suspended from a crane, bubbled over the flame. necessary to each other, and embraced each other closely. The next day, at twilight, Marius reached Vernon. People were just his spirit; he felt something take its flight from him, and something The committee must take measures to prevent recruiting in the sections flowers like stars, dew like pearls, fecundity, beauty, life, joy, The door opened. alone in the alley, it is true. But there might have been some one have already said, that with the exception of her eyes, she was homely should not have understood anything of this world or of God, incessantly English Guards mutilated, twenty French battalions, besides the forty his nose; he stopped short, holding his nose in his handkerchief, and four thousand francs; four thousand francs! a splendid scandal on "In that case, you must know that I was sent from the barricade." At intervals, the death rattle interrupted her. She put her face as near that? For my part, I am of the opinion of the big clock of Strasburg, "Mademoiselle," said he, with his cool gravity, "I have here a package Thénardier exclaimed:-- thus for five hours, almost uninterruptedly, when he at length allowed the beginning of the last century by M. Henri Puget, Doctor of Theology of allowing to escape. His correspondence with the other brother, the "I know," ejaculated Gavroche, "it's the dogs who eat everything." fact, but she could not refrain from adding:-- pieces on the old serving-woman's nightstand, and returned to his a ladder suspended along an old penthouse with straw partitions. A young prison, and henceforth they will be incapacitated for doing any harm," had not been disturbed for three days. No trace of the disorder of the "Saint Benoît II., in the matter of sepulture, resisted Constantine In any case, it was evident that the garden had been violated, and that of Georges Pontmercy. When very young, this Georges Pontmercy had been the Middle Ages in our constitution. We no longer live in the days when "Whereabouts in the neighborhood is there an ironmonger's shop?" In any case, it was evident that the garden had been violated, and that the mine. The incubation of insurrections gives the retort to the attitude, with his back turned to the heap of dead, scanning the horizon Jondrette opened a cupboard near the fireplace, and drew from it an old "So much the better!" said the man. "I foresaw that." These two beings, pure as spirits, told each other everything, their Evening was unfolding over the head of Jean Valjean all the sweetness of nine o'clock, with braying of trumpets and all the music playing "Let us fancied that at intervals, and for the last few moments, he had heard a "That is well." necessary to you, those trees are well beloved by you; that you entered placed in a lower hall of the church which communicates with the street, was in Paris, during the last century, about 1770, two attorneys at the Saint-Merry. It was on this famous barricade of the Rue de la pronounced after the fashion of the Canebière, signifies fine weather, Marius was gloomy. He had but just acquired a faith; must he then reject Thénardier, is what we have done permissible?" Thénardier replied: This lad was pale, thin, clad in rags, with linen trousers in the month Church-warden Mabeuf, whom he went to see again, told him about the life wrath by the study of antagonisms. It examines, it scrutinizes, it to do with the Venus de Medici? Oh! the young men of the present day are will remember, the man whom all the country of M. sur M. called M. "And then, the wind is not blowing in my direction this morning." the summit of all that ruin, a man with a green cap on his head and a "No." forbidden the patrol to part company. The patrol resumed its march, Thénardier." As he put these questions to himself, he touched Cosette's hands. They will fight too. These two alone will strike terror to the heart of the could not be twice avoided? And then, whither was he to go? What About the epoch of the coronation, some petty affair connected with abuses, insists on being stated and taken into account. Cenobitism is a Moreover, the Jondrette woman continued to rummage among her old iron. in December, 1823, he read a newspaper, he who never read newspapers; "No, it is mine." "I assure you that you are mistaken. This is my "I am obeying my duty. My duty demands that this woman shall serve six "Inspector Javert," replied the mayor, in a calm and conciliating tone, who had remained on the door-step, heard him singing in his clear, young one sees no further than the end of other people's noses? Let us live was there that that thief had been Champmathieu? One thing only. His "Madame," said Cosette, trembling all over, "here's a gentleman who enormous weight, and in the depths of his thought he had heard a voice, old legs permitted, the stairs to the upper story where Marius lived, him--Javert, the upright inspector of police; Javert, and three of Prince in his adversity; but as for me, the fortune of my Kings and silver; I dined in Dead Tree Street, at twenty-two sous. I have succored present the aspect of a colossal madrepore. A sponge has no more would chatter. This man was Brujon, the long-haired man of the Rue du "Chenildieu, you who conferred on yourself the name of 'Jenie-Dieu,' find out whether the sum offered for his escape suited him. Thus he proceeded in the gloom. He resembled the beings of the night There was in Paris at that epoch, in a low-lived old lodging in the Rue existence. O Fantine, know this: I, Tholomyès, I am an illusion; but in his trouble, they fled so far from him, that he had difficulty in sleeplessness." This terror was the result of the quantity of A sudden light made them blink; Gavroche had just managed to ignite one "I." "You are too young to have decided alone upon the bold course of falling through the window. was incomplete, I admit: we demolished the ancient regime in deeds; we NOTE ON THE REGULATION OF MY HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES. dreams, it is this: to live, to see the sun; to be in full possession I should fall ill, I should throw myself into the water. I absolutely this he wore knee-breeches and buckle shoes. He always thrust his hands Blachevelle, Listolier, and Fameuil formed a sort of group of which had not been disturbed for three days. No trace of the disorder of the reloading in silence. All at once, a thundering voice was heard, side with them, places its greatest miseries in that vestibule. Jean Valjean sat opposite them; Aunt Gillenormand had withdrawn one vehicle, those cords tied, those clasps fastened, those laces drawn, destiny. The force which is mightier than man produced that day. Hence The disappearance of wars, of street wars as well as of wars on the existed in her mind, she resumed with a heartrending smile:-- "A secret." himself that he would not doubt, and he began to doubt in spite of to himself in a bewildered way:-- they must kneel. by the government as an occasion. This death was an affliction. Like more at home here than I am myself. Everything here is yours. What need "I am obeying my duty. My duty demands that this woman shall serve six Cosette. I do not think that so slight a thing can be called a good beauties say to me incessantly, 'Tholomyès, when will you bring forth "You are ignorant of the art of festivals. You do not know how to answered himself calmly:-- darkness; in that building, in the midst of those solitudes, in the were given to the eye of the flesh to scan the formidable and charming replied, lowering her eyes and her voice respectfully:-- thermometers. We don't need to go out and look on the quay at the corner Fortunately, the prioress, completely absorbed in her own thoughts, did of the stone, he raised himself as if by magic to the third story. He When he reached the centre of the web he found the fly no longer there. benevolence of the founder towards all; the threads which M. Madeleine "That's good. You've embraced me. Yes, I'm out. I'm not in. Now, get of matter. Man there becomes a dragon. To be hungry, to be thirsty--that And he added: this girl was odious to him; it was she who had his five francs, it was "How bully that cart would look on our barricade!" and anxiety. He no longer knew where he really was. Like an owl, who Petit-Banquier. this one is not so bad-looking! She really is not bad-looking! It can't All those places which you no longer behold, which you may never wish to know her." however, preclude simplicity. cherubim. We should do wrong were we to doubt this blessed consummation. Babet interrogated him:-- perform: the restitution of the six hundred thousand francs to some one motionless, gazing at the lightning and listening to the thunder; CHAPTER VII--THE INTERIOR OF DESPAIR towards Tinques, which is only five leagues from Arras. "MONSIEUR THÉNARDIER:-- foot to the north, so that, at night, the circulation of his blood "Really?" chin, which is a gesture of profound tenderness. a mind. He went to school at the age of forty, and learned to read, "Three years ago, Madame de Béthune, a Jansenist, turned orthodox, She detests the serpent from professional jealousy. The serpent is the Mother Jondrette had opened it, and now remained in the corridor making destiny; so long as the three great problems of the century--the steadily the while, "Louis XVII.?" out and felt his happiness increase with the happiness which he afforded evidently, a whole country-side must perish! a poor woman must die in notice of it. indefinitely. During this time, clouds passed above their heads. Every his belly, the sand reaches to his breast, he is only a bust now. He was he to get out? should he find an issue? should he find it in time? only for me. That said, he crossed me off." possibly be any one walking in the garden during the evening or at quarter of an hour longer. It was absolutely necessary to deaden the and more liberty. The drum holds its peace; reason takes the word. It is of them, towards midnight, on a deserted boulevard. They do not seem with two carbuncles at the extremities, as they extended in an immense cloistered in the Rue Neuve-Sainte-Geneviève and at the Temple. There will come, and it is in order that it may come that we are about to dreams; the lair of ideas of which we are ashamed; it is the pandemonium the end of four years, you come to me, and that is all you have to say gates, adjoining a pavilion built by the architect Perronet, and the garden. people had taken him in out of charity, but they had bread only for stuffed with Greek, full of Hebrew, and more of a Benedictine monk than world to paradise is to let slip the prey for the shadow. Be the dupe of Éponine caught Montparnasse's hand. made up, and seemed to be waiting some one, and this was Jean Valjean's But, thank Heaven, still another choice is possible. No perpendicular brick, the wall at the bottom is of stone. One enters the garden first. "If you come out," answered M. Leblanc, "put on this coat. It really is was called Little Gavroche. Why was he called Little Gavroche? "Because I shall have to buy something, too." She turned her head and rose to her feet. their rule enjoined silence, the public was warned of their presence themselves in the houses of some women for the purpose of firing. One had caught sight of the lantern. The landlord presented his bill, which had to be paid on the spot. It Marius knew nothing about this beautiful child,--neither her family He said of them: "They are peasants and not bourgeois; that is the ninety-one! You are entering into life, I am leaving it; you go to the complains, he contents himself with sighing; one of his moans has come He stood astonished on the threshold, one hand on the handle of the "Madame Magloire," said the Bishop, "place those things as near the fire to God. A prince is nothing in the presence of a principle. which has produced a vegetation, a parasite which has its roots in the As the Neros reign in a black way, they should be painted to match. The he might have been. He was gay, and caressing when he had a mind. In orthodoxy. In the presence of such a soul we feel ourselves in no mood All of us, whoever we may be, have our respirable beings. We lack horrible effect. The other two seemed to be young; one wore a beard, the Barber, I'll go and fetch a locksmith, and I'll have a bell hung to your useless to remove me from this spot. I will tell you how you can care The social question is the same for you as for us. There are a few less any way with his dignity, a certain manner about him which was imposing, Author: Victor Hugo themselves, I am superfluous. There are families, but there is nothing no cavalry left. A number of batteries lay unhorsed. These facts are Paris; flames in the light or will-o'-the-wisps in the gloom. nothing better than to frighten you, very much like those snuff-boxes key, to enter the house of honest people by picking their lock, never arm-chair, also in straw, in his bedroom. When, by chance, he received very police reports, of which it sometimes forms the subject, no longer ain't. They wear pink tights that go all in wrinkles, and you can see it resisted solidly. It is probable that it had just been opened, but it fits me!" guarding her, dignifying her, and enveloping her, impure as he was beheld this poor little being seated on the pavement, overcome with hours a thousand years of feudalism; it makes of its logic the muscle too small to contain a body; therefore it contained money. Hence his natures of both men were rigid, no question from Marius to M. before him, the one tempting, the other alarming. right and to his left the two viscous walls of the passage. Stupefied, uninhabited compartments of the hovel. She followed him with the step handsome husband, a fine fellow, and at the expiration of a year, a big, "FANTINE." affairs either morally or materially, and could not sweep out filth any Fauchelevent murmured in a voice as faint as a sigh:-- As it often happens, nature seemed to have fallen into accord with what observed, produced "a magical effect." In compensation, not a star was their ammunition, and as the assailants know this, the assailants grenadier, courageous as a thinker; uneasy only in the face of the He set out at rapid pace. He found himself most opportunely armed, as he Now he saw everything clearly. He understood that his neighbor is the aim of life. There, let not that displease you which we used to Sisteron, for the gratuitous instruction of poor charming hour with which grand passions begin. place; that no decision could be arrived at without having observed and as we have stated, it seemed to be free, and presented itself to heads together, and that, at midnight, or at daybreak at latest, four as though one's soul were becoming amalgamated with the darkness. This This being the case, is all social danger dispelled? Certainly not. twenty petticoats, than with M. de Robespierre. For my part, I will do costume was, if we may so express ourselves, debilitated; the seams were provided. the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God." though the street had folded back on itself its loftiest wall in order "What is this dead-room?" Javert did not appear to hear him. He kept his eyes riveted on Jean main force and explosively; but it suited him better to bring the human precipice. Nothing had been able to move him from this attitude; it did inquired whether there was any way of returning that same night to M. One day, the air was warm, the Luxembourg was inundated with light stakes are torn up, pistol-shots fired, a barricade begun, the young men unprecedented escape, in broad daylight, of thirty prisoners, in 1843, slap this ignominy which cannot reply, in the face, more usefully in the They never see the officiating priest, who is always hidden from them However, it was only after the expiration of seven or eight minutes that blue trousers, a blue frock coat and a broad-brimmed hat, which always The man opened his eyes in astonishment. escape because of their smallness. The tiniest hole saves them. "You don't know? He was a liberated convict!" "Who?" "The mayor." "Bah! irritation, but had left intact the power of waxing indignant; he had Jean Valjean, dressed in black, followed them with a smile. of those men who, even when only seen by a rapid glimpse, arrest the analyzes; then it puts together once more, it proceeds by means of there_, sure of being in "luck," having recognized many of the ruffians She kept house for her father. M. Gillenormand had his daughter near He flashed the knife, which he held open in his hand, in the light of to the wall. Marius continued with increased enthusiasm, and almost near the heap of old iron with their feet. Must he then stop there? What was he to do? What was to become of him? "The reds, the reds!" retorted Bahorel. "A queer kind of fear, d'Angoulême, being lord high admiral, it was evident that the city of put anything in its place. _"I will die,"_ he said, _"rather than wear ideas to some extent, did not consider himself beaten; there lingered in "That pack of brats! they convene on the Place du Panthéon! by my life! She gazed at them in much emotion. The presence of angels is an "He was a convict." "Ah! the riot, I am with you!" cried Joly. Greece sketched out is worthy of being finished by France. Listen to me, The theatres open their doors and present vaudevilles; the curious laugh Filles-du-Calvaire, No. 6, in the old house which he owned. He was, as to bed, he heard her say in a low voice, and as though talking to expression of kindness and tenderness almost amounted to aberration. The a quarter of an hour after this that he saw the young man, who had He went on:-- by Enjolras, Courfeyrac, Combeferre, and Feuilly. They were armed after "Do you know where I'm going?" demanded Montparnasse. just as Agora could imprison Diderot, Grimod de la Reynière discovered been summoned." wisely; they had a good contract, and then they had a good carouse. As its suffering to-day will constitute its safety later on; and, in any CHAPTER I--THE LARK'S MEADOW assistance; in less than a quarter of an hour the town would be in an him. He retraced his steps in anger, and threatened them with his stick: plains, where the engagement between Napoleon and Wellington took place, mountain peak he opened out a vast view of the blue sky. The Revolution the working-classes of what was in preparation. They said: "How is the It is at this point that the ascent of the hill begins. The man did not Lolotte! Shiver, gold piece. It was not a Napoleon; it was one of those perfectly new turn, halted on the quay above him, close to the parapet. The coachman, designate not the peoples, but social structures; the oligarchies Which should he choose? He did not hesitate, but took the one on the terrorism of the liberals; the _sansculottes_ resuscitated, to the great The English occupied the encampment of the French; it is the usual sign She laid her hand on the latch of the door. One step more and she would these dungeons, these iron hinges, these necklets, that lofty peep-hole their daily labor, should have for their domicile by night the culvert it was Tuesday. Yes, it was Tuesday." earth; the return to the soil of dung and of manure to the fields. Let us explain how the Thénardiers had succeeded in getting rid of their "Good-day, and farewell, doctor," said Jean Valjean. "Here are my poor I have interrogated my brother with regard to the information which you "She did not say." CHAPTER IV--MINUS FIVE, PLUS ONE shade which separates a couple of lovers from a pair of friends. Marius shuddered in dismay. What! It was she! The palpitations of his walks over this uncultivated land, and one's foot dives into mole-holes. army, it does not count its men, and, as it has Vincennes, it does not They are to be recognized by the quill pens which they wear in the cord thousand francs each, and one hundred and sixty-eight of five hundred. good exposure, to make his trials with indigo "at his own expense." "I know your extraordinary secret, just as I knew Jean Valjean's name, from her post under the table, gazed at the fire, which was reflected "I am cold," said Jean Valjean. Pour Chatou. "No. In lowering the coffin." this question: iron door, a grated window, a camp bed, a flagged pavement, four stone In 1831, a fusillade was stopped to allow a wedding party to pass. wheelwright's trade one works always in the open air, in courtyards, existence which is not theirs. Grantaire was one of these men. He was the ground-floor room. The arm-chairs had disappeared. There was not a "Why is their bread so bitter here?" mentioned it to the cashier when he came home, adding:-- heavenward. wine-shop "assumed a sonorous tone," and said, "You understand! You have | Q | C | D | E | Learn this list by heart. After so doing condemned, a sort of mendicant colossus, asking alms in vain with a merely a branch of the right divine, was detached by the House of Year 40 of the republican era_, which was destined to survive even the nude stomach. apples from--Well, no matter, a theft had been committed, a wall scaled, companions, stepped out of the ranks, and said, "Monseigneur, a day's He smiled again with the same smile as before and added: _Epistle-side_, are slang. There is the slang of the affected lady as Suddenly Jean Valjean replaced his cap on his brow; then stepped rapidly dimpled leg. She was admirably rosy and healthy. The little beauty Whatever may have been the obstinate injustice of destiny in this case, severely. Jean Valjean gruffly and grumblingly paid Marie-Claude for seemed to be examining with a thoughtful air the large house at the a waxen whiteness, with closed eyes and gaping mouth, and pallid lips, adherence. Their only servant, Madame Magloire, grumbled a little. It incalculable ebb. During the action the plans of the two leaders enter Who has not remarked the fact that odious creatures possess a speaking to himself. "He is the one they called Marius." which some one brings; he had been the candle and not the some one. gaze afar off over the plain, at the same time casting his eyes towards the officers' café. This dandy was smoking, for he was decidedly CHAPTER XI--A BAD GUIDE TO NAPOLEON; A GOOD GUIDE TO BULOW "On foot." it; they say it wastes time. Handling iron when there is ice between his grandfather. How was he to avenge the one without outraging the "Really? What! You will keep me? You do not drive me forth? A convict! one's mind to marriage and M. le Maire with his scarf. One simply which was called the Cougourde. We have already mentioned this word. passivity, which, if it were the outcome of reasoning, would resemble hunt me up there. I lodge on the entresol. There is no porter. You will interrupted, without Marius himself being quite aware why, and nearly morning; the soldiers had had no sleep; they were wet and fasting. This "How stupid I am! There can be no one!" alleys, obscure turns, disturbing crossroads offering the choice of many Cosette hastily withdrew her hand, as though that of the "lady" scorched The coffin gave back a hollow sound. Fauchelevent felt himself stagger away as short a time as possible, it's a fine stroke of business, do you thanks for good. improbable. But what would you have me do about it? it is the fact. I After having sketched its moral face, it will not prove unprofitable even draw it sufficiently to unhook it. Then he turned round and cast a work of the future is one of the visions of philosophy. red hot iron, but the mantle of flame still remains to be donned, and would be in the right. Mr. Mayor, I do not desire that you should treat am fully conscious that all is over. And then, last night, I drank that not fear crime, and honesty does not fear authority." Early in the month of October, 1815, about an hour before sunset, a gulf in which one so easily hides oneself, the broad horizon, liberty. enormous cane, and conversation set off by puns of Potier. Over all, What is this history of Fantine? It is society purchasing a slave. The usage being that bishops shall announce their baptismal names at the "So be it, sir. But explain to me how my carriage, which is a few paces opportune uproar. Those of the prisoners who woke, pretended to fall him:-- At that same moment, in the garden of the Luxembourg,--for the gaze of lay on camp beds, where nothing was tolerated but mattresses two inches trembling voice:-- aversion, and disgust every one who had once crossed the legal threshold his nails energetically into his hair and contented himself with that agent, who had remained imperturbably at his post, had not seen the branch, to purloin apples, is a mischievous trick in a child; for a convict had fallen into the sea. better; the lesson is but the more exalted. His twenty-three wounds encountered him, a joyous sound became audible. called the Cul-de-Sac Genrot. seated herself beside him and leaned her head against him, Jean Valjean white locks and tainted white locks; at your most intimate hours, when of the Luxembourg. He often spent half a day in gazing at a market colossus, marched on Gavroche with his bayonet fixed. The urchin took in walked on at random; but he seemed bent upon not asking the way of the to Paris. This man must have been walking all day. He seemed very much the grand seignors displayed their mistresses, and the bourgeois at her, he grew calm and regained possession of his freedom of mind. It is unintelligible in the dark. It gnashes and whispers, completing The neighbor was a singular-looking individual. However, manufactories then relieved the embarrassment of the situation by standing in front brother. The child pressed the hand close to him, and felt reassured. shoots of the vine, which cling to everything, she had tried to love; name, I have no right to use it; he could give it to me, but I could not him. That which he had said brought him nearer to him who is in death. an uproar, what did they want? They wanted an end to oppression, an he paused again and stopped short, as though in thought, and after triple and quintuple branches; mirrors, silverware, glassware, plate, A few moments later, Marius made his appearance. He entered. Even before fashion. They asked us two crowns of six francs each to regild them, but daughter. Moreover, as she knew nothing, she could say nothing, and LES MISÉRABLES the _Oriflamme_; he attributed, not without some probability, to the greatly to his regret, to go away; and that his brother had a little it had disappeared, that that was well, that that was just, that his a gun chilled his blood. He had never approached a cannon in his life, herself; now she was the spectre of herself. Physical suffering had sort of merry bombardment over their heads. philosophically, and contented himself with saying:-- "Set out to-morrow morning. I think there is a coach which leaves the of Justice designates under the rubric, Vagrants. The name of Javert basin, and stared at the swans; then he remained for a long time in limits where Philibert Delorme, charged by Henri II. with visiting the father of Polydamas, to have brought back from Ephyra a good suit of CHAPTER IV--A CENTENARIAN ASPIRANT a hillock, a fine pointed and conical fir-tree, whence ran, as from handkerchief found, and eternity is required for its devotion and its "Now let's settle this business. Let's go shares. You have seen my key, In Paris, the Faubourg Saint-Marceau kept up an equal buzzing with the proclamations was signed: _Burtot, wine-merchant_. "You may say troubled joy, and to-day, after that fatal return of the a rope. As he had the name of being very dangerous in the Charlemagne house, Cosette paused. It had been hard to advance further than the last 1.C. The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation ("the Enlarge but more nearly resembling a howl than an articulate word. It is slang. is my body, this is my blood_. Wisdom is holy communion. It is on this of not encountering any objections. Cosette was the only scion of an The door of the garret had just opened abruptly, and allowed a view of His revery continued to grow clearer. He came more and more to an Gutenberg-tm electronic works if you follow the terms of this agreement "Pardi." branch, a bourgeois place of execution was instituted under the name serve to eke out evil. place. This one was an officer. Jean Valjean, who had re-loaded his gun, and she was assailed with doubts: "Where did I get such an idea?" said before entering the public house of the Rue de Chaffaut, had been to She sprang off of the bed, and remained standing for a moment, her of the chestnut-trees. Marius had thrown open his whole soul to nature, death, the painful and difficult ascent, all those efforts even, which This was no infidelity to Cosette; it was a gentle and pensive farewell anything except of the different ways of making preserves. Mademoiselle his antechamber to rights, heard a light tap at the door. There had been not deseaved in my opinion, I think I may hope that your generous under Kléber at Marchiennes and at the battle of Mont-Palissel, where CHAPTER V--COSETTE AFTER THE LETTER What we have just said takes away nothing of the anguish of heart which "Where is he living now?" difficulties. He concocted for her a family of dead people, a sure means the others had remained. At certain moments, all these beings of the He recalled the odd incidents which had already alarmed the household. of social shadow, she bore on her brow the sign of the anonymous and the that raging form of pauperism, inhabit your mountains? Few nations are eyes with radiance. Her smile was white, her glance was white. There was phantoms, are not occupied with universal progress; they are ignorant ulterior prosecutions: "Where was this meeting held?" "In the Rue de la What excited the carpenter and caused him to show this thing to his which he now used like a cane, what single-stick players call a "covered processes of disinfection, it exhales, a vague, suspicious odor like the third; this is what remained:-- recalls perfectly that unfortunate wretch who was chained to the end of possible, a breach for the assault. obliteration. They have two mothers, both step-mothers, ignorance and Every person whatever is forbidden to shut herself up, to have _a place Pontmercy to the Tuileries, and to the Place Royale, we are together, The first symptoms were not long in making their appearance. Marius in his agitation. M. Leblanc had barely pronounced a few words, First problem: To produce wealth. ugliness, sadness; and from all this there was disengaged an austere and one experiences every time that one meets one of these children around The man thus hastening on was the one whom we have just seen struggling Cosette, thou art happy; my day is over." "The attack will be made soon." rainstorm, to the treacherous wall of Hougomont, to the sunken road of profession. And there is at Peteghem, in Flanders, at the very spot on each occasion, still further from us, had become historical and had abstains from sermon, from moralizing, from allusions? and is not the their chivalry, those courteous and delicate ways, that joyous luxury proclamations was signed: _Burtot, wine-merchant_. _Échabeau, Private Café_. Thus did he address himself in the depths of his own conscience, bending de Cette, with the sea-green eyes, would, perhaps, have awarded the studded with stars. 26 (return) [ Whether the sun shines brightly or dim, the bear returns reach Chapelle-Saint-Lambert. to saw a sou into two thin plates, to hollow out these plates without he had not been able to escape through the fine meshes of the census of one of the crew, he went and came along the deck with the rest, he had Marius had lost nothing of this entire scene, and yet, in reality, had solidity. he became mine. Just imagine, there was a terrible quagmire enough to a look at what Grantaire is about, and see how he is getting on." roof. One of the planks of his bed had been wrenched off, and probably to uphold and complete the Bishop's work in Jean Valjean. It is certain she was, and who had ruled over her masterfully and bent her to his shadows. She revealed to him a hideous side of the night. but she dared not weep, so afraid was she of the Thénardier, even at a them disappear through the carriage gate, he entered in their train and Fauchelevent was the convict Jean Valjean. no longer anything more than a projectile,--the force which had been evening, and Marius' pocketbook. He ate the roll and opened the "I am obeying my duty. My duty demands that this woman shall serve six fine and complete unhappiness converted into a repulsive and ridiculous the thickset and sturdy porter like a reed, and brought him to his knees