Re-Reading Les Misérables

Thoughts and commentary on Victor Hugo’s masterpiece.


Great chapter title for the trial: “Where Convictions Take Shape.”

Donougher’s choice is much better than “Place of Decision” (Denny) or “A Place Where Convictions Are In Process Of Formation” (Hapgood).

Yeah, one day I need to read the 1887 translation. If I dare…

Recidivism is the biggest issue here. More than being a fugitive, it’s the belief that Valjean has returned to his criminal ways and will keep doing so that concerns the court.

The prosecutor at Champmathieu’s trial denounces M. Madeleine’s “insanity” & demands the trial continue & convict the “real Jean Valjean.” The rest of the court, however, has been convinced & clears Champmathieu in minutes. But the prosecutor still needs a Jean Valjean.