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Valjean spent 8 chapters NOT making a decision. Relatable. There was also a unique argument against lies and an unbelievably complicated car horse rental experience. The justice system sucked. It was really a vengeance system.


Fantine Seventh I
"Among these details the reader will encounter two or three improbable circumstances, which we preserve out of respect for the truth." You are so cute

"Sister Perpétue was an ordinary villager, a sister of charity in a coarse style, who had entered the service of God as one enters any other service. She was a nun as other women are cooks." Nice. Why not? Helping people is the point, right?

"Sister Simplice was white, with a waxen pallor." Let me guess, she's über holy

"She was a person—we dare not say a woman" can't decide if I should feel insulted

Never lied. <3 <3 <3

Truthfulness is a good way to bleach teeth, wait, no, lips and eyeballs: "Satan has two names; he is called Satan and Lying. That is what she thought; and as she thought, so she did. The result was the whiteness which we have mentioned—a whiteness which covered even her lips and her eyes with radiance. Her smile was white, her glance was white." Rings like an advert.

"She never read anything but a book of prayers printed in Latin, in coarse type. She did not understand Latin, but she understood the book." WHAT

I think Jean is preparing to turn himself in.

II
THE LITTLE WHITE HORSE
"My little white horse—you may have seen him pass occasionally; he is a small beast from Lower Boulonnais. He is full of fire. They wanted to make a saddle-horse of him at first. Bah! He reared, he kicked, he laid everybody flat on the ground. He was thought to be vicious, and no one knew what to do with him. I bought him. I harnessed him to a carriage. That is what he wanted, sir; he is as gentle as a girl; he goes like the wind. Ah! indeed he must not be mounted. It does not suit his ideas to be a saddle-horse. Every one has his ambition. ‘Draw? Yes. Carry? No.’ We must suppose that is what he said to himself.”

"But as Monsieur le Maire will have no one with him, he will be obliged to take the trouble himself of seeing that the oats are not stolen. (..) The days of rest to be paid for also..; and the beast’s food to be at Monsieur le Maire’s expense.” (..) Fourthly, for such a journey a cabriolet would be too heavy, and would fatigue the horse." Complicated car rental

Everyone is so fucking nosy

Victor's hanging the cliffs like a pro

III
"What a solemn thing is this infinity which every man bears within him, and which he measures with despair against the caprices of his brain and the actions of his life!" ouch

Valjean's life in M. sur M.: "having henceforth only two thoughts,—to conceal his name and to sanctify his life; to escape men and to return to God"

"As he listened to Javert, the first thought which occurred to him was to go, to run and denounce himself, to take that Champmathieu out of prison and place himself there.. Then it passed away.. (..) It would be beautiful, no doubt, after the Bishop’s holy words, after so many years of repentance and abnegation, in the midst of a penitence admirably begun, if this man had not flinched for an instant..; but it was not thus."
Btw, now the narrator knows what happened in Jean's soul! Huh.

"His trouble was so great that he could not perceive the form of a single idea distinctly, and he could have told nothing about himself, except that he had received a great blow.
(..) He had a vague feeling that he might be obliged to go to Arras; and without having the least in the world made up his mind to this trip,.. he engaged the tilbury from Scaufflaire in order to be prepared in any event
." gud

"His brain had lost its power of retaining ideas; they passed like waves, and he clutched his brow in both hands to arrest them." pretty image

"That which he had always feared.. was to ever hear that name pronounced; he had said to himself.. it would cause his new life to vanish from about him, and—who knows?—perhaps even his new soul within him, also." I can't with the fantasy implications. What a strange, cursed soul this man has...!!!

"He confessed to himself that all that he had just arranged in his mind was monstrous, that “to let things take their course, to let the good God do as he liked,” was simply horrible; to allow this error of fate and of men to be carried out, not to hinder it, to lend himself to it through his silence, to do nothing, in short, was to do everything! that this was hypocritical baseness in the last degree! that it was a base, cowardly, sneaking, abject, hideous crime!
For the first time in eight years, the wretched man had just tasted the bitter savor of an evil thought and of an evil action.
He spit it out with disgust
."
*cheers*

"here is a country, a town, here are factories, an industry, workers, both men and women, aged grandsires, children, poor people" GRANDSIRES
I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS A WORD OUTSIDE OF vampire lore.

Jean reasons that the people he can help as mayor are more important than the apple thief who's getting mistaken for Jean and sentenced for life. Jean disregards that the other guy also has potential of doing good, no less than Jean did when the bishop met him. And Jean doesn't have the right to destroy that potential based on speculation. The state decides this stuff, and, never mind, the state is fucking terrible at it. What is this bizzare dystopia run by vengeance demons? (Halfrek is on Jean's case because he stole the candy coin from that kid.)
Also, apple theft? Did Victor do a Bible reference? I'm leaning towards no, because otherwise he would have told me all about it.

Jean fantasizes about investing into the neighborhood until "wretchedness disappears, and with wretchedness debauchery, prostitution, theft, murder; all vices disappear, all crimes" :c Because rich people are all so virtuous and law-abiding

"There was some one; but the person who was there was of those whom the human eye cannot see."
So many possibilities c:

"And do what he would, he always fell back upon the heartrending dilemma which lay at the foundation of his reverie: “Should he remain in paradise and become a demon? Should he return to hell and become an angel?”" omg, stop already with the supernatural

"he was passing through a death agony,—the agony of his happiness, or the agony of his virtue" dun dun dun

IV
Dream sequence
"He was entirely nude, of the hue of ashes, and mounted on a horse which was earth color." NICE

"“After the lapse of some time I turned back and saw a great crowd coming up behind me. I recognized all the men whom I had seen in that town. They had strange heads." THEY HAD STRANGE HEADS (it just sounds so cool - uncanny to the max)
"They did not seem to be in a hurry, yet they walked faster than I did. They made no noise as they walked. In an instant this crowd had overtaken and surrounded me. The faces of these men were earthen in hue.
“Then the first one whom I had seen and questioned on entering the town said to me:—
“‘Whither are you going! Do you not know that you have been dead this long time?
’" AWESOME!!!

And when Jean woke up, his horse arrived to take him away. In the dark. Quality freakout material.

V
"However, he had resolved on nothing, decided nothing, formed no plan, done nothing."

"Two new spokes and a hub must be made. Monsieur will not be able to start before to-morrow morning.”
“The matter cannot wait until to-morrow. What if you were to replace this wheel instead of repairing it?”
“How so?”
“You are a wheelwright?”
“Certainly, sir.”
“Have you not a wheel that you can sell me? Then I could start again at once.”
“A spare wheel?”
“Yes.”
“I have no wheel on hand that would fit your cabriolet
.""
Carrying spare tyres in cars is underappreciated

"What is more melancholy and more profound than to see a thousand objects for the first and the last time? To travel is to be born and to die at every instant"

"How many things shiver beneath these vast breaths of the night!"

VI
Fantine: "This creature of five and twenty had a wrinkled brow, flabby cheeks, pinched nostrils, teeth from which the gums had receded, a leaden complexion, a bony neck, prominent shoulder-blades, frail limbs, a clayey skin, and her golden hair was growing out sprinkled with gray." Casting must be difficult

"M. Madeleine usually came to see the invalid at three o’clock. As exactness is kindness, he was exact."
Punctuality is love

VII
The court session is already over, haha, just kidding! Victor totally got me.

"There’s a bandit’s phiz for you! I’d send him to the galleys on the strength of his face alone.” you would do a bad, bad thing

"The man would probably be condemned; the attorney-general was very clever, and never missed his culprits; he was a brilliant fellow who wrote verses." badness everywhere

VIII
Jean is finally in the courtroom where, if fancy strikes, he could UTTERLY UNEXPECTEDLY reveal his old identity. It's neat that he is pretty famous as a great mayor. The judge respects him. This should be fun.


There was an ex-convict named Jean
who hid from some things he had done.
Someone else got accused,
and Jean mused and he mused:
do the right thing, and bye-bye to fun.

Date: 2017-02-27 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
Heehee! Your limerick is cute.

Date: 2017-02-27 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thenewbuzwuzz.livejournal.com
Thank you! ^^

Date: 2017-02-27 09:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trepkos.livejournal.com
Despite being an atheist, I must have read this book with a much less critical eye than you!

Date: 2017-02-27 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thenewbuzwuzz.livejournal.com
Um, thanks? Nitpicking is how I have fun.
I might have been unclear about the supernatural imagery: I love *and* hate it, because it makes me want to plan an epic AU that I can't pull off.

Date: 2017-02-27 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trepkos.livejournal.com
I was just wondering whether my endorsement of it was a bit over-enthusiastic!

Date: 2017-02-27 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thenewbuzwuzz.livejournal.com
Oh! Well, safe to say there's plenty here to be enthusiastic about. :)

Date: 2017-03-04 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] felicia-btvs.livejournal.com
Sorry to be off-topic. This is Felicia Craft. I'm just trying to inform as many friends as I can that apparently my account has been suspended. Details on my new journal. Hope to be back soon!

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