Ambush in the SlumsMarius meets his wretched neighbors, the Thenardiers, who try to extort money from Jean Valjean and Cosette. A tense standoff is interrupted by Javert.
Rescuing CosetteThe woodcut of Little Cosette drastically understates how badly she’s treated by the Thénardiers. So do all the adaptations I’ve seen.
Wretched in Every Sense of the WordTheir parents may be terrible people, but Éponine and Azelma don’t deserve it. You can see why Gavroche left. He and the younger brothers are better off on the streets.
The AmbushWe see the ambush entirely through Marius' limited POV. The reader has to piece things together, making the multiple dualities even clearer.