Second ChancesThe offering of a second chance, and acceptance/refusal of said chance, happens repeatedly in Les Misérables.
The Wretched of the EarthWhile the whole novel is built around justice for those downtrodden by society, Victor Hugo focuses on five specific examples of poverty.
Fantine Before the FallHugo writes one of those listicles about the year's big celebrity and news stories. Tholomyès is an insufferable ass, and Fantine is often lost in thought.
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?
Tholomyès the…Dad?It seems weird that someone as someone as shallow and selfish as Tholomyès actually stayed with Fantine during her pregnancy.