Passing Peak AmmunitionThe barricade holds against several attacks the next morning, but they start running out of bullets...and defenders. Adieu to Gavroche and Javert.
Last Stand at the BarricadeHugo lays out the main theme of the book, 1000 pages in. The barricade falls, the surviving defenders retreat to the tavern, and Grantaire wakes up at last.
Getting SchooledEach of the students represents a part of revolution: Enjolras is purpose, Combeferre wisdom, Jean Prouvere the artist, etc. And there's a lot of humor and wordplay in their introduction.
DominoesHugo explains the political background leading up to 1832, because it *was* a historical novel already. Grantaire misses the point of all the dominoes, though.