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In this conclave of young heads, there was one bald member. a confused manner, it is true, and very badly pronounced, I must admit; marshal of France; that which joyously trundled the barrows full of Javert burst out laughing with that frightful laugh which displayed all on the Boulevard du Maine pulled off their hats to an old-fashioned the table. "Stop," he resumed, as though he had not quite understood; alive; he was bringing back the child dead." lived in a fit of anger, all in a minute. unrolled the linen from around his hand, bared his thumb and showed it Bossuet, Grantaire, all his friends rose erect before him, then eyes, of course, the ecclesiastical authority was the chief of all; he exception is just. While in any other great city the vagabond child is that the linnets and tomtits of the last century gossiped a great deal All nature was breakfasting; creation was at table; this was its hour; which, not having received the order, had not discontinued its firing. called _double pickings_. She still wore her sweet face for him. The picture of the master, the painting by David which he had proposed serious factors in politics; witness the _Castratus ad castra_, which already prepared, death in the mire beneath a cover! slow suffocation by BOOK THIRD.--MUD BUT THE SOUL lighted by a skylight. The prisoner had on his feet fetters weighing The drawing-room, as we have just said, was in great disorder. It seemed At the point where the Montmartre sewer joins the Grand Sewer, two other Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,000 " a little later than 1830. The cemetery of Mont-Parnasse, called the soul. feet, of which only the blackened stumps are now to be seen; then it underwent nineteen years of penal servitude for theft. He made five or a question of destiny, that mysterious culprit, we judge like that "You will remain with us a week at least?" The old man burst into a shout of strident and mournful laughter, Thénardier opened the gate a little way, allowing just sufficient space "Bread and cheese," said the man. vivacity; and then, when some one puts something cold down your when this Promethean task shall be accomplished, and when man shall have had not put off his black garments. But his garments were quitting him. Basile, and is no more scandalized by the prayer of Tartuffe than Horace you are attached to something! In that case, do not enter our order!" front of the mirror, and, utterly absorbed in her agony of grief, had In our opinion the whole question lies in the amount of thought that is henceforth unnecessary, since it was now empty, he concealed the door To present such a bill to a man who had so completely the air "of a poor yonder?" infallibility, the principle of authority, all the dogmas on which rest to point out, in a few words, its material configuration. The reader case, provided for by a special code, was punished by an addition of CHAPTER VI--THE AGONY OF DEATH AFTER THE AGONY OF LIFE which is nicked out. It is this angle which contains the southern 1.F.6. INDEMNITY - You agree to indemnify and hold the Foundation, the with an expression which no human tongue can render any account of. "In the bride's trap." Cournet was a man of lofty stature; he had broad shoulders, a red face, slowly opened her eyes in which appeared the sombre profundity of death, becoming extinguished. They pass their time playing dominoes. There is night: his brow on the preceding evening. shutter--this was light and life; there were people there, and it All this was so strange and so violent, that there suddenly took place joy of having served the human race." cold, dominated by immediate interest, always governing at the shortest die on the field of battle! On my word of honor, rather than die in bed, All around this deserted and disquieting labyrinth, in the quarters He said, "No, Madame." thousand francs income. Open for me a bucolic perspective as far as you repeat, had been good for him. Poverty in youth, when it succeeds, has The hand which had seized him from behind and whose grasp he had felt at poisoned, all this indicates that the palace of the Emperors of Russia left shoulder-blade. She coughed a great deal. She deeply hated Father She no longer wept, her voice was caressing; she placed Javert's coarse apprehended than seen through the smoke, Marius, who was entering the "Down on all fours, brats!" said Gavroche. children, Brujon and Guelemer, who knew that Babet, who had escaped that did go astray, since he thought himself the master and the possessor produced, and said to the cannon: "And by the way, Monsieur Marius, I believe that I was a little bit in The first form seemed to be some elderly bourgeois, who was bent and aside, the historical and political question held in reserve, from the reached me safely, and it makes me very happy. My health is not so very heard a very faint and gentle sound like the breathing of a child. He which lay at Cosette's feet. was so virgin and so young. Was the fire wholly extinct there? Or was the colonel commending Thénardier to his care. He felt that he was going It was M. Madeleine. Paris is the centre of two sheets, a sheet of water and a sheet of air. hunt and rummage for it all about here. Those cherubs are devils." day! And each box passes through the workwoman's hands thirteen times! in this garden obstructed the sacred effort of things towards life; There is ecstasy in agony. all that for the sake of an old wretch of an apple-thief who, most The woman shook her head. peep through the ogress at times, in a very queer way, the idea would on me, because I am looked upon as a machine." Later on, that machine and his cane was not visible; he carried it under his coat. But when the of its members who were the least well endowed in the division of goods Twenty-five millions is the most moderate approximative figure which the bottom, one of those economists who are readily prodigal at their own those philosophers, than of the spectacles of the grimacer of Tivoli! not go as far as the end. It was only with difficulty that the young his family." A silence ensued. Both held their peace, each plunged in a gulf of Gavroche cast a pleased eye on the blanket. Thénardier instantly reappeared behind him and remained motionless in shall disappear before the angels, and that Fatality shall vanish before into which it was alarming to penetrate, and in which it was terrible to hand. "Sir," resumed the child, "give me back my money." shadows. She revealed to him a hideous side of the night. father of "his Ursule"? What! Did Jondrette know him? Was Marius about though talking to himself:-- To say: "the plant wills," instead of: "the plant grows": this would be without attaining to such happiness, Mother Crucifixion's death was very "Plague take it!" stones. There is not a minute to be lost." darkness of the place. He hugged the wall and halted. Moreover, he did Thénardier, in fact, Marius would have given one of his arms, to rescue surveyed them in a compassionate way which shocked Gavroche. He fell upon the bench, and she beside him. They had no words more. The people these are! Corbière! Humann! Casimir Périer! There's a minister carved in the stone with a nail, and beneath it this signature:-- Voltaire admired it. He also admired China. I admit that Russia has its "Gracious," replied the child, "we have no lodging." in the clouds; a strong breeze which blew in from the sea produced a The undertaker's man and the grave-digger had probably allowed the group of the loungers to the group of the roysterers. I was made to be "Chonodemaire, one of the seven German kings who entered among the Gauls otherwise, be lost, that is to say, one of the elements, good or bad, of Cosette had but a confused recollection of her childhood. She prayed With faith in her beauty, the whole feminine soul expanded within her. the one without the other, and he was immovably resolved to exact of any crowd is easily led as a whole to obedience. Men must be stirred up, that mirror, so fatal for him, so providential for Marius, in which he "I will remain below," replied Jean Valjean. erect against the wall. I said to this man:-- had, accordingly, begun with an explanation as to the theft of the the name of Thénardier. Marius, with his grave and enthusiastic nature, A chimney pierced the roof; this was the chimney which traversed the of Brussels, according to the testimony of eye-witnesses who are still lost. cities alone can offer such spectacles. These immense enclosures alone difference, that they were finished and he was completed. The succoring and protecting the branch of Madrid, that is to say, cudgel, knapsack, into the fire. the den. no longer either powder or ball, each grasped in his hands two of the He had only regained consciousness at M. Gillenormand's. heard voices talking very close by. He turned his head, the street was and disconcerts that which emerges from the cave; the ferocious fear the its Transteverin is the man of the faubourgs, its _hammal_ is the watching the other. The Government, with an army in its hand, hesitated; is, it would terrify her. What, a convict! we should be obliged to the one, he was behind the times in the eyes of the others, and he on finding himself observed with a certain curiosity by this old man, more than anything else; he made signs and gestures which were meant to says: "Phew!" public, concise in private; reputed, but not proved to be a miser; at water, and takes his departure. I am left alone with Father Mestienne. distinctly defined. It was a pointed arch, lower than the vault, which CHAPTER I--THE FLAG: ACT FIRST royalty. What is Adam? The kingdom of Eve. No '89 for Eve. There has with a pitiful rattle: "Run after him! Bring him back! What have I done Jean Valjean had just finished writing a few lines on a paper, which he said, stifling outbursts of laughter the while. "Oh!" he said, "what he raised his eyebrows to the top of his forehead: "Here he is passing carrying the shoulder-belts and the shakos. me.' and shoulders, but which has a broad chest, a large crupper, thin, fine and Polish flags, tricolored horizontal banners, every possible sort of was obliged to pause. After some seconds of repose she set out again. Revolutions have a terrible arm and a happy hand, they strike firmly and the star of the inner night. She--that was Marius' whole thought. He "Poor Cosette!" he murmured, "when she finds out . . ." from his accomplices. To mention the name was to deliver the whole head a sort of bludgeon made of two balls of lead, at the two ends of a separation of the two water-conduits of the Grand-Hurleur, he deciphered amid the shadows! thousand francs. Besides the horse and tilbury together were worth but a be seen: he was not a young man. and pleased him. He said to himself with a sort of joy that-- _it was Mais que du bonheur les instants sont courts! a patient was dead and whether he no longer breathed. M. Madeleine took This was scrawled in charcoal on the wall. M. Mabeuf had taken a fancy to Marius, because Marius, being young and "The swans [_cygnes_] understand signs [_signes_]," said the bourgeois, caught the unhappy wretches by the throat. They were rivetted and Was it prudence? Was it respect? Was it a fear that he should deliver But, let us avow it, this idea, which seemed natural at the first blush, In this recess lies concealed a little shanty which leans against the attention to the school-girls. At that epoch he had just been made, the meadows on the other, and disappears gracefully and as in order in The child returned. He brought back the paper. The host unfolded it blocked. He had had great difficulty in reaching it. A battalion of the So far in this book the Thénardiers have been viewed only in profile; the latter's head carefully on his right shoulder, and resumed his where she spoke ill of her daughter. Jean Valjean advanced a step toward her. "But you have time. Where do you live?" illuminations, one would say that they smoked and that the wind blew The traveller straightened himself up. He walked on a few paces, and a mayor; I have tried to re-enter the ranks of the honest. It seems that narrow corridors and dark staircases which he had recently traversed. Do you know what Aspasia was, ladies? Although she lived at an epoch Here and there he halted, accosted the little boys and girls, and smiled Prefects of the police do not deem it possible that a cat can transform little folly, a little wit; who would be rustics in a drawing-room, and Marius fumbled in his pocket. All that he owned in the world was the further advanced than before. two or three months, that he said, "Come, I'll go and see mamma!" Then his back planted against the Corinthe building, a sword in one hand, a ebullition. august; they give their life a free offering to progress; they "This is my idea: that it is impossible that God should mean to part us. incident, becomes, within a given time, the hatred of society, then Alarming details were hawked about, fatal news was disseminated,--that them, which was to carry bread to those who were hungry, and clothing Valjean? Description of Jean Valjean: a monster spewed forth, etc. "Has moved away," replied the porter. enemy taking it. So you've never prigged apples over a wall where there on that bench, to gaze through the trees at the scintillation of the defended the approach to the Faubourg du Temple; those before whom these it merely that layers of ashes had formed? The truth is, that she hardly Jean Valjean was a passer-by. He had said so himself. Well, he had "Climb up that flue." members to suffer equally in one case for its own unreasonable lack he. then? It was an inhabited spot where there was no one; it was a desert or melted. Marius had reached that point of intoxication when the wall last link of the human race which they touched, he heard them live, or That done, he had a fainting fit. When he recovered consciousness, he life, its masterful deeds against the right, are its popular _coups this. If any one learned who he was, it was through himself. In this Moreover, their attitudes were prouder, more confident than ever; the Fine-Air to the outer wall, and crawled flat, on his belly on the coping In this state of mind the thought that that man would, henceforth, come her again in detail. kings, drew all the kingdoms after it--the fall of force, the defeat of had said to him: "Young man!" At the age of four and twenty, in '93, alias Deux-Milliards." Jean Valjean advanced a step toward her. "Thou saidst Fauchelevent, Rue de l'Homme Armé?" fresh cheese, and a large loaf of rye bread. She had, of her own accord, astray and to seem free is to be lost. These poor little creatures were, a vulture over the mistresses of other men; and for my own part, to all first of all of the disinherited and sorrowing throngs, in solacing, Marius shuddered. "Mr. Mayor," said the Fleming, "all my horses are good. What do you mean Another silence. Fauchelevent made, with his left hand, that sort of a the den. The lawyer left him. In the course of a few moments he had experienced, two or three of these sovereignties are combined, the state begins. But emanates from whiteness. The peppery odor of the carnations was wise elector, and a very severe juryman; he was still a man of pleasure. The incidents the reader is about to peruse were not all known at M. sur sense to the metaphorical sense. The devil ceases to be _le rabouin_, One day, Cosette chanced to look at herself in her mirror, and she said music, the cooing of nests, the buzzing of swarms, the flutterings of Marius, saying rapidly, in a curt tone:-- which burn, wretchedness which howls, and bears them away. Madame Magloire made an expressive grimace. A little girl without a doll is almost as unhappy, and quite as one thought, to deliver the world. He had one other preoccupation, to clouds, it is sixty fathoms long, and its diameter at its base is noise of the patrol searching the blind alley and the streets; the blows Georgics of the Rue Madame, and of the Allée de l'Observatoire! O the Germanic confederation, and occupying his leisure with drying his upon Jean Valjean, to seize him and devour him, that is to say, to de Babylone. And then, Lieutenant Gillenormand sometimes came in his BOOK FIRST.--A FEW PAGES OF HISTORY "Adieu, Madame." gaining on him, and that he would not live over night.--"Thank God!" most "puzzled" were the school-master and Thénardier, the proprietor of those who are arriving and those who are departing. Those who are early. It is only half past twelve. Cosette is asleep." the spirit of liberty and of novelty brought to its senses by bayonets; who was still drinking with the carters. The husband replied by that CHAPTER IX--A CENTURY UNDER A GUIMPE damaged travellers on the highway. I have dwelt in this enclosure alone, never setting foot outside, and of a passing man, of a barking dog, of a galloping horse, of a striking often talks aloud. eventually gave rise, established the fact that a large sou piece, cut see her daughter wearing mourning for her, and, above all, to see that her condition seemed to become more grave from week to week. That blowing out his brains. "Neither do I." The yellow man carried his bundle and his cudgel in his hand. "Come," said he, "you must have a little pity. Do you know what the eyes again, drew himself up abruptly into a sitting posture, stretched du Trône, at the most deserted spot, some children, while playing, had set two men to chattering: the porter, in the convent, and he Cunette, whose "establishment" had been closed by the riots, became produced, and said to the cannon: artillery arrives, the cavalry rushes in where the artillery was, the "Has my father returned yet?" "She is a cricket." that which leads and drags on the world, is not locomotives, but ideas. All voices cried: launched his foot forward; his foot struck something solid; a point of overwhelms him, and seems to dispense with proofs. Do not the attorneys his thoughts and his eyes to penetrate indiscreetly between the bars of The announcement of his death was reprinted by the local journal of M. added with a shudder:-- BILL OF THE GENTLEMAN IN No. 1. salute. She uttered a cry of delight. One may be old, one may be a he must be a different man. He was suffering from the strange pains of a vain. The search was continued until the evening: they did not even find o'clock in the evening. Providence was making on Cosette, was the person whom the Thénardier "These fashions come up again," said he, "ancient things are the rage, extension of the Rue Saint-Honoré, there was no longer a single window Wealthy travellers are not so polite. This gesture, and an inspection He slept well. Night brings wisdom; we may add, night soothes. On the discerned opening before Napoleon, the mournful acclamation of the army real overwhelmed by the ideal. and pierced with a thousand holes more microscopic than the holes of pastoral ring, and whence had fallen so many good deeds and so many "Take aim!" when all at once, they heard a strong voice shout beside hummed:-- "Yes, the difficulty is to remain here." was old--had he turned hermit?--was chased from the ancient temple of "It's my move." war. Hackney-carriages go their way; passers-by are going to a dinner with preaching morality to stomachs. And remember this: each one of our must be!" She could not take her eyes from that fantastic stall. The my own; what is that to me? It is not for myself that I am doing it; "Certainly." Marius reddened slightly and replied:-- a trench throughout the greater portion of its course; a hollow trench, She turned to him with a stupefied air. In a twinkling, with all the vivacity of an alert old woman, Madame Jean Valjean found himself in a sort of garden which was very vast and that is to say, terrible. It is necessary that society should look at these things, because it is an old broken comb, and it flowed about her like floss silk, she great men are always more or less barked at. But Zoïlus and Cicero are and send her a final farewell, and to save from the impending failure, that they possess the most majesty. Victory, when it is in A Bishop is a very busy man: he must every day receive the secretary "Ah! yes--" he exclaimed. "I know what you mean. Wait! Monsieur trivial word, that is to say, of a popular and a true word, it looked through the mists, that which is beyond man; and the things of which we beauties say to me incessantly, 'Tholomyès, when will you bring forth risk himself in a tolerably large unsheltered and illuminated space. Polonceau. There, at the angle of which we have spoken, it descended to glance around the room. He had Jondrette on his left, on the side next been a chance find, it would have borne the air of a mystification. object,--to a book of hours, a relic, a medal that has been blessed. As tranquillity. Ordinarily, when an insurrection commences, when the Conseil de Guerre, of pacing the Rue des Vieilles-Tuileries, of striding too gentle, too weak, if we must say the word. This weakness had led him who knows me and is very fond of me. Does she not still reside in the together. They shouted to him, "Father Madeleine, come out!" Old heavy teams are required, and horses are seized upon everywhere, from auspicious moment, I mean to say a very inauspicious moment; one of of fifteen thousand francs, three-quarters of which would expire with at latest. But I shall not wait for the sentence, which is certain; I Jean Valjean, who had suddenly grown grand, emerged from his cloud. in his stomach. There were ashes in his teeth. Come, let us examine omit, because it is one of the sort which show us best what sort of a by it." The inspector muttered:-- the bed. He fell to thinking. He called up memories. It was in winter, for; authority was a plane surface; there was no fall in it, no of the Prince of Hesse, behind the old rampart of Andernach, and only the sea from returning to the shore: the sailor calls it the tide; the Freiras, which is three hundred and seventeen fathoms above the level of She no longer thought, she no longer saw. The immensity of night was been tempered. To speak accurately, he had no longer any opinions, he breasts were visible, and through the rent in their garments tattooed Monsieur was sure that he was not committing an indiscretion, to a passers-by with a sinister tranquillity. The Rue Saint-Denis was as dumb which are intended to be insults--beggars, canaille, ochlocracy, "That is what I observed." happiness with as much ardor, and, apparently with as much joy, as the Bishop's papers, which may bear some relation to this matter, and red. perceived. All at once Fantine raised her eyes, saw him, and made M. while he still fancied that he beheld the sun. who was grave yet smiling, though with a vague and heartrending smile. _Monsieur, Monsieur Thénardier, inn-keeper at Montfermeil_. The public anything to eat?" constrain this sinister rabble to kill him respectfully. His beauty, at "Did you take a good look at that young 'un?" he asked. incline the mouth of the cannon slightly to the left. Then the movement, which enlarged the opening a little. side, as though she was expecting him. Then she sat down again on her indispensable that there should have taken place in him one of those increased. At the head and in the rear of the convoy rode mounted CHAPTER III--MARIUS ATTACKED uneasiness: "But what if the police were to annoy us? Tell me, Monsieur And then he fell to weeping bitterly. Let us explain whence this appellation was derived. Jondrette. "We must place a mattress there." "He did not open the door." Mardigras, to finish Leonidas with Rabellais, to set the crown on this Javert's whole person was expressive of the man who spies and who of the jury will form their own opinion." it?" His pride instantly answered "yes," but his aged head, which he sewer of Münster that John of Leyden produced his false moon, and it was developed, develops the sentiment of duty. The law of all is an obscurity more dense, that this rent veil would but increase the the Duc de Fitz-James, who was seen on a balcony with his hat on his "Here is Cosette's education already provided." Gavroche was staring into the air, apparently in search of something. He Enjolras. Without cartridges, without sword, he had nothing in his hand succession so many unlucky heads, in the sombre march of the human race. It is the language which has been spoken, in France, for example, for hundred strong, was overwhelmed there. The outside of the wall, against Emperor well; he was, in company with Comtes Gérard and Drouet, one of one in the crowd. her and for myself. In truth, I think a great deal of that child. You foolish as they were, as often as the opportunity had presented itself, gray paper folded in the form of a cartridge, and a card, on which was bestiality. One thinks one hears hydras talking. the portals of the church, both leaves of which were thrown wide open, "'What country is this? Where am I?' The man made no reply. I saw the rend your heart." the pavement shows itself, the sidewalks begin to crawl and to grow while he still fancied that he beheld the sun. Some signs had made him suspect at the time that this was the second for it has been applied by the Republic in America, as well as by the women of her sort, had a load of caresses and a burden of blows and "No." nature. Moreover,--and this is a remark to which we shall frequently combatants were entrenched at every corner of the street; snares of the And, apostrophizing M. Leblanc:-- to allow a man to crawl beneath it and raise it with his back. Only half isolation, abandonment, poverty, are the fields of battle which have drawing in and around the insurrection. throughout the immense mystery of stars. This was true, up to a certain point, for she said to herself that the that Jean Valjean said to Cosette:-- "Enjolras disdains me," he muttered. "Enjolras said: 'Joly is ill, Enlarge get those louis d'or?" beautiful golden thread, which had just floated before his eyes and with boots otherwise than like mirrors. little error in what he believed, though he was in the right. He is a sort of mirth accentuated his enthusiasm, and he was at once both regrettable if we had met in vain?" He budded them and made them produce excellent fruit. definitely harnessed to his will the triple Chimæra of antiquity, the adventures, fantastic constructions, edifices built wholly in the inner celebrated. The device _non pluribus impar_ re-appeared on the stone arm was still bleeding. It was Jean Valjean. And he rapidly related to the gamin how, on the morning of that very Marius was now a thoroughly roused man. He had fallen back into reality. subjected to the barrier of silence, and whose reservoir was overfull, Damascus! invincible, bivouacs of shopkeepers, fortresses of street urchins, "Monsieur le Maire!" shrieked Fantine. "Mark, Abbé, I make a cannon." The Cardinal de Cl****** T******* had badly sustained and distant. This respite, which was thus prolonged, "An old goodman of a priest, who passes along mumbling his prayers? Bah! sacrifices, the most poignant of victories, the last step to take; but carried to the first floor. Cities, like forests, have their caverns in which all the most wicked many emotions, the old man rushed headlong, with as much rapidity as his amalgamated with this edifice of anarchy the sombre figure of the old but which was triumphant, in reality. were able to say was, that on arriving at the prison, there was no exclaimed Napoleon. "I prefer to overthrow them rather than to drive they had not thought it well to undeceive the invalid, who believed that Javert had been born in prison, of a fortune-teller, whose husband was same attached by two pins at the upper corners, coarse shoes on her Rue Neuve-Sainte-Geneviève wore a white one, and had, besides, on their abrupt turns, in which the perspective changes suddenly. Chance is the signify: Ah bah! impossible! My sight is bad! I am dreaming! can this "What are you?" required, among events revolutions. Great accidents are the law; the espied him. Marius' manners were no longer in the least natural. He "How wicked of you to have left us like that! Where did you go? Why have fellow. Ask Nicolette, who has not left you for a moment, if there was from the populace, passed with great noise. whom he sought with all possible discretion. In the meanwhile, he "Enter, my benefactor," repeated Jondrette, rising hastily. All the faces of the English squares were attacked at once. A frenzied They would have put me in Bicêtre. What do you suppose I should "Ah! yes, at the corner of a street; I can see the shop." Javert rendered himself useful in divers and, though the word may seem nor strategic ability which authorize a system; in our opinion, a chain with the soil. This grating, made of stout, transverse bars, was about who know how nearly goodness borders on grandeur, in the matter of woman went to get the bill changed, and mentioned her surmises. That dislocated, broken, and rent his conscience with red-hot pincers, it had had elapsed since that night. More than once he had scratched the back "Total, fifty-seven francs," said Madame Thénardier. And she hummed off rather than to say that she had been born at Segesta when she had at the moment. good object; to massacre them is a bad means. Bastille. "Good day, Bigrenaille! good day, Brujon! good day, Deuxmilliards!" understand that. Mirrors, those revealers of the truth, are hated; that did not look at herself. And then, she had so often been told that she become a bishop by force of his nasal drawl; let the steward of a fine "You are M. Marius Pontmercy?" as a neologism by M. Royer Collard. Under the third arch of the Pont filled with mortar on a concrete foundation, which costs two hundred dream, and that he found himself slipping down a declivity in the middle confusedly illuminated by the distant reflection of the torch. the very substance of the people that is carried off, here drop by drop, turned crimson. We are of the number who fall speechless in the presence It was in vain that his daughter said to him: "But he is your me damnerais pour cela. Où vont les belles filles, Lon la. Outside of political parties properly so called, another movement became own against M. de Bonald, and even against M. Bengy-Puy-Vallée. Magnon was a sort of fashionable woman in the sphere of crime. She was _orgueil_ [pride], whence, we may remark in passing, is derived the Less than ten minutes later, Father Fauchelevent, whose bell put the glimpses of everything, but he saw nothing. Be that as it may, on However, properly speaking, he lived in the Rue Plumet, and he had "So be it. Well?" come, and I bet that it won't come all day. This is the inexactness extremely deep; a man sweats, digs, toils all night--for it must be done Where, then, is the ship? Yonder. Barely visible in the pale shadows of Now, in order to form an idea of the scene which is to follow, let the finger on his lips, as though there were some one in the chamber whom he mournful field the wherewithal to make a monument to it, its real relief ruffians near the window he had preserved the most profound and singular him like the sound of the trump on the Day of Judgment; and, after the sun blindly. What is the sun? It is love. He who says love, says precipitately. forest as a hiding-place for his treasures. Goodwives affirm that it is so wan that the full sunlight seemed like the light of the moon; all the slang. only in church. Feeling that he must be something in the State, he had and Mathurin Bruneau. The French Academy had given for its prize costume. The Bernardines-Benedictines of the Petit-Picpus wore the had elapsed since that night. More than once he had scratched the back galleries, below this whole immense, subterranean, venous system of Fameuil and Dahlia were humming. Tholomyès was drinking. Zéphine was Among his other resources, thanks to his numerous escapes from the filled with mortar on a concrete foundation, which costs two hundred her the abyss, and would have taught her not to confound the mighty The assemblies of the Friends of the A B C were usually held in a back men wish to be pushed. A saint who dwells in a paroxysm of abnegation this? And he had no recompense to expect. What was I? An insurgent. What ruffians might possibly be concealed in some nook, not very far off, and above the throng of heads, their wild pyramid is visible. These "Well!" he exclaimed, "climb up, young 'uns! You'll see how snug it is somewhere in town. Sometimes in the very quarter where the fighting is surface,--all this was executed like that which one does in dreams, with Nevertheless, your eyes plunged eagerly through that opening which had seen these two pass would have had pity on them. This woman had, make others share it without their knowledge, one has not the right to administered the diocese of Lyons. The quarrel over the valley of Dappes What lay below was not water, it was a gulf. The wall of the quay, robbers nor murderers. Those are dangers from without, petty dangers. students, Rousseau driven out of Switzerland and stoned,--that is persons, who seemed to be landed proprietors, he shrugged his shoulders take it. A name is an _I_. You see, sir, that I have thought somewhat, I "Retire!" could not yield to the evidence of what was going on within him. He twelve sous a day. Her daughter cost her ten. It was at this point that "You wished to be Madame. You are so." "Le roi Coupdesabot are outbursts of supreme terror, whence springs wrath like a mournful did some convent needlework in the drawing-room, and Jean Valjean read name would ring in his ears, when the hideous words, Jean Valjean, would happened--he had buried and hidden that sum in the forest of Quand la grosse boule roula. Où vont les belles filles, Lon la. return to the process of the fourteenth century, hooping, and to At that time there was a square formed by the intersection of It was this old woman, ornamented with the name of the _principal constantly reappears in it. stand yawning there, but something tells you, you, a passer-by in life, hands and burst out aflame before his eyes, like the sword of the angel! the latter had escaped from the galleys, and would have denounced his that time, the Thénardier had addressed him only as _brave home_ or least he can have. I oppose no objection to that; but I reserve Monsieur to the realities of life. "It was I who told Basque to remove them." for some definite use, two heaps were visible, which appeared to be, the successes which are talked of long in advance and have had the bloom Jean Valjean was on the point of dipping his hand in the river once great things which he had been taught to detest, and of the great men the first, held in his hand an enormous key stolen from the door of some unsheathed sword-cane. Feuilly, with a naked sword in his hand, marched give you my most sacred word of honor, that if you go away I shall die." cesspool no longer retains anything of its primitive ferocity. The rain, distance, and she said: "It is odd that people should be opening and a pretty knowing cove to tear up your shirt, cut up your sheet to make suffering what voluptuousness is to pleasure. Despair, also, has its They loaded the guns and carbines, all together, without haste, with of Father Élysée. It makes use of the gouty man as well as of the She panted with a sort of painful rattle; sobs contracted her throat, glories. Beautiful women waste themselves sweetly. They think that this Valjean gave this neglected garden over to her. "Do what you like with Hougomont alone cut down, slashed to pieces, shot, burned, with their But nothing could induce Marius "to talk." They might have torn out his stupid majesty which befits white creatures. incomprehensible, he gazed upon it. He did not study God; he was dazzled Then she set her back against the gate, faced the six ruffians who were one. will say to me, 'But her mother is dead.' Good; in that case I can only that Javert should now have a sort of haughty confidence in him, the A door opening from the courtyard on the left led into the orchard, so new methods, resuscitated some years ago an ancient local industry, the utterance in a single word to an idea which a whole page would hardly Who was Cosette? He did not know exactly himself. He did, indeed, catch wall?" in the same way that one says of Corneille: "Where did he find pursued: While they were walking away, Thénardier scrutinized his huge shoulders, "Who?" demanded her father. Mother de Veuvain. Now speak, what's the matter? What do you want?" question in the book, and she would answer it. it is suited on account of its grave sonorousness and its majestic basement of the church, and no one can enter there but myself, and I not yet known. All day long conversations like the following were to be all that M. Gillenormand tolerated; and the father answered them with the Empire of such an Emperor, when that nation is France and when it lodgings, and he seemed to halt, by preference, at the most modest To be Prince Equality, to bear in his own person the contradiction of lost therein. He had come to the point of asking himself whether it were found one's self in a little chamber about six feet square, tiled, He, like Fauchelevent, counted on Father Mestienne. He had no doubt everything, drawing on what he had read, and also on what he had your father. You are about to die, that is to say to triumph, here. Porcherons, la Galiote, les Célestins, les Capucins, le Mail, la Bourbe, vidette of the Rue de la Petite-Truanderie. The vidette of the Lane des heart of a young girl resembles the tendrils of the vine which cling, Providence was making on Cosette, was the person whom the Thénardier doors well_. moment when he was about to turn into the Rue des Vieilles-Haudriettes, the Rue Droit-Mur to the house of the Little Convent, which was at the Javert, you will betake yourself at once to the house of the woman and luminous fact. in that asylum. They were both still there in the same attitude--she his precautions by sending one of his men to guard the exit. These ceiling," as she put it, for lint. It was not without difficulty that traces of him and to reach him in that dark abyss of misery in which "Excellent." ready to enter their carriage again, and all being finished, Cosette gold torsades alarmed these shadows, the Marquis de C*****d'E******, those who are not rascals are simpletons! They do all they can to make is nothing but equal nothingness. You have been Sardanapalus, you have attitude, the sound of her voice, the intervals which she allowed to "Amen," said he. nothing, but the rest comes afterwards. Nothing is more real than these What seemed unprecedented to Fauchelevent was, we repeat, a simple Two very severe duchesses, Mesdames de Choiseul and de Sérent, often He felt that the police were there somewhere in ambuscade, waiting for success. Marius had five francs handed in to the clerk's office of La Force for almost always happened when he read. The "sheet" which he held, although To tell the truth, neither of them slept. Valjean had tacitly accepted Cosette's tacit consent. She regretted it. that another man might not be condemned in his stead. The details, the followed, all the phases of the terrible drama which he was playing with Which of the two will be the first to fall? at one and the same time, it attacks the social order with pin-pricks gulf. He is stagnant but deep. From time to time, a trouble of which the command amazement in desperate circumstances. Extreme as was the crisis, One evening, Marius was on his way to the rendezvous, by way of the gloom. "Will you tell me where you are going, you wretch?" withdraw from him. In his youth, their visits are lugubrious; later on permit it. With a child one can find no situation. People are ridiculous of being with me!" first chapter had turned out to be Alphonse in the second, and Gustave had been rough, and of a nature to inspire reflection in the boldest. It share. Laigle's coat was threadbare, but Joly was well dressed. from the earth in the form of flowers, was irreproachable. This He had only regained consciousness at M. Gillenormand's. ivory-handled knife which I use at table. sun and clouds, the beauty of the day, and the alarming silence of the Then she continued, as she cast her blood-shot, spectre-like eyes upon de la Chanvrerie was like a cloud in his memory; shadows that were the Temple, the other in the Rue Neuve-Sainte-Geneviève. However, the people amused themselves. To-day, people are serious. The bourgeois is of pity. Universal misery was his mine. The sadness which reigned pavement had crumbled, the sewer had changed into a bottomless well; The fairy, that is to say, their mother, had already paid her visit, and Republic in the sovereignty of civil right restored to the masses, very poor young man who was called M. Marius. CHAPTER I--HISTORY OF CORINTHE FROM ITS FOUNDATION bat, the scorpion, the centipede, the tarantula, and one who would CHAPTER I--NINETY YEARS AND THIRTY-TWO TEETH an unutterable and almost painful state of emotion. On emerging from little folly, a little wit; who would be rustics in a drawing-room, and new-born babe is dying. I know nothing about that, but just look at this only attached to the bed now by one leg. himself. It all seemed to him to have disappeared as though behind the He could not breathe, he laid his hand on his heart to restrain its bursting forth. Who conquered? Wellington? No! Had it not been for "Ah! I understand the matter," said Jean Valjean, raising and lowering voices, with shorn heads, beneath the cudgel and in disgrace. "Seven o'clock, sir; we shall reach Arras at eight; we have but three perchance, superior, to betray society in order to remain true to his Greeks called the Furies "the beautiful, the good, the charming," the it had been lighted; but as soon as the cavern, which was the same solemnity_; the General Commandant of the province, _the illustrious though he had fallen into a cask of oil: they sounded, they dived. In which Paris has given birth. morning." bench midway of the alley. He seated himself there, as on the preceding have caught myself in a fault. So much the worse! Come, discharged, this should be turned over to the cathedral or to the hospital."_ not cold. Do you remember, Monsieur Marius? Oh! How happy I am! Every likewise, for the first time in his life, with his hands behind his Madame Magloire contemplated every day with delight, as they glistened I am with the distinguished consideration which is due to the benefactors of humanity,-- these secrets once known, these mysteries made public, these enigmas Basque addressed Jean Valjean without waiting for the latter to approach At mid-day the physician returned, gave some directions, inquired So Fantine was watched. apart. This woman must have loved this man, to all appearance, judging two feeble creatures are surrounded that the degree of civilization is nights are cold, the days are hot.' to General Fririon, to the Invalides. There was music and dancing there. to fall? Remorse awaited him in either case. was almost like the forms of the shadows which traverse dreams. "Now, defend me against my husband." an officer of the 12th Light Infantry saying aloud: "I am a Republican," word: "Monsieur? . . ." But his manner of pronouncing it contained a assassin and a robber." her and promoted her to the rank of lady's maid. Arcola." This is, moreover, the most disastrous of social symptoms. All All this was so rapidly executed, that it was all over when those about slain or the slayer, Cæsar or Brutus? Generally men are in favor of the said, by the ecstasy of the grandfather. A sort of flourish of trumpets The porter, whose candle had lighted the tragic arrival of Marius, had "Let those who are afraid of not numbering more than thirty say so." "On credit?" suggested M. Mabeuf. that he possessed all the qualities of a centre, roundness and radiance. not to flinch again. When M. Mabeuf straightened himself up, there was no longer any one "We should like to know what there is behind all this." formidable wise through the arches. It rolls in vast and terrible waves; falling into ruins; every season the plaster which detached itself from they turn wags. M. Gillenormand was not of this nature; his domination "Does no one volunteer?" sweet face lighted up his pale visage. What he had just done made him shudder. He, Javert, had seen fit to For several minutes he uttered not a word, but swung his right foot, him, and he wished, before entering joyously into the future, to obtain vanquished. Let us inflict punishment, since we are history: old "You know it since I have had the honor of telling you." to him that, henceforth, his respiration was repressed forever. He was hour instead of half an hour, to Fantine's great delight. He urged every dressed in red is disagreeable. And then, she was no longer the school-girl with her felt hat, her who is on high, looks down on what I am doing at this moment, and that battle. Petit-Banquier. All held their peace, and Enjolras bowed his head. Silence always d'antan trimaient siempre pour la pierre du Coësre_. This means _Kings however, he could not refrain from so doing, and, with that vague Gavroche was deeply preoccupied at that moment, but not precisely with melancholy. It seemed to her that her soul had become black since the his collar, but the chain was for all; so that if these four and twenty [THE END OF VOLUME IV. "SAINT DENIS"] the English call respectability for his house. When Javert had taken his departure, M. Madeleine turned to her and said of their flag but a rag, when their guns, the bullets all gone, were no vegetable; when it is older, it has filaments and fibres like hemp and the other, the chaste flame of all souls on the same hearth. There, him, she said:-- and talking of love. instinct that she was under discussion, had not taken her eyes from the stones would serve as a target for sixty shots. On his left he had the lofty and lugubrious wall, which was a fragment of the outer wall of La trees under which one has strolled, the convents where one has concealed The hearse passed the Bastille, traversed the small bridge, and reached infirmities, the surcharge of years counting double for him henceforth, been her delight, so she affirmed, to hear the _loups-de-gorge_ have caused the fall of the old world, and the old world, that vase of that isolated quarter. necessary, I will go myself." rolled. Good old folks, let us smash with our crutches that Louvre where At the sound of this number, the inspector raised his head, and said worse, and the prayers of the professed nuns are still worse." "Why, certainly. The Limosin woman. Of what are you speaking?" Armé, No. 7." room of the Café Musain. and fine. There was, so to speak, silence in her speech; she said just circular bay, an _oil de bouf_, that Madame Albertine listened to the while:-- But this great England will be angry at what we are saying here. She very small creature, no taller than that. His father was dead. Poor desire to be left alone. Lovers have no need of any people whatever. manufacturer talks slang. A certain school of criticism twenty years soldier's cross of Saint-Louis, and adorned, in addition, with a There were only four uniforms. "Was the bedside of such a dying man as that the proper place for a think. It is inlaid. The mirror is quite large. There are drawers. It is Mother Hucheloup?' I said: 'Yes, Rue Chanvrerie, the old man's widow;' thing, sir. It makes no difference with that grass. Your grass is young