Fantine: Alternate PossibilitiesFantine told Mme Thénardier that she was a widow. Could she have done the same in town? Would it have worked, or would it have just exposed Cosette to all the trauma alongside her?
Rescuing CosetteThe woodcut of Little Cosette drastically understates how badly she’s treated by the Thénardiers. So do all the adaptations I’ve seen.
Now Arriving at Rue PlumetBack to Jean Valjean and Cosette, POV changes, foreshadowing, and clear signs of PTSD a century before it was really understood.
Marius: StalkerThe flirting is funny. But Marius sneaking around Cosette's garden? Not so much. To Hugo's credit, he shows us how scared Cosette is and never suggests she shouldn't be.
The Bubble BurstsMarius and Cosette are seriously caught up in each other. They don't notice the attempted robbery. They don't even notice a cholera epidemic.
Cosette is Separated from Another ParentJean Valjean carefully creates a false paper trail for Cosette's legal history (and inheritance) that won't lead back to him, just in case he's found out again.
Tholomyès the…Dad?It seems weird that someone as someone as shallow and selfish as Tholomyès actually stayed with Fantine during her pregnancy.