Posts Tagged “Mabeuf”
- Meeting Marius
Marius grows up in a staunch royalist household, but when he learns they've lied about his Bonapartist father, he starts questioning everything.
- Poor, Poor Marius
Marius fares much better in poverty than Fantine. One of his friends is completely absorbed by books. His grandfather is a classic grumpy old man.
- Epic Fail at Mugging
Montparnasse tries to mug Jean Valjean...while Gavroche is watching...outside Mabeuf's garden. It doesn't go well for Montparnasse.
- Over the Edge
Marius and Cosette's secret meetings start off well. They even escape an attempted robbery. But everything falls apart just as Paris begins to boil over.
- Hey Barricade, Who’s in Charge Here?
Initial skirmishes on the barricade, the first deaths, Marius' suicide mission, Gavroche pushing things a bit too far, and Valjean reaching another crisis.
- The Wretched of the Earth
While the whole novel is built around justice for those downtrodden by society, Victor Hugo focuses on five specific examples of poverty.
- Two Old Men
M. Gillenormand and Pere Mabeuf are a study in contrasts. Both old, but one quiet, kind, and poor, and the other loud, cruel and rich. And sadly familiar to the modern reader.
- Aftermath of an Ambush
No one gets out of the extortion attempt unscathed. Everyone's worse off. But a tiny moment with Éponine and Mabeuf calls back to the original well scene.
- Mugging Fail
There are some wonderful reversals, irony and coincidence in the scene where Montparnasse tries (badly) to rob Jean Valjean.
- Two Old Men in Decline
Age and despair come to both Mabeuf and Gillenormand, but Mabeuf's slide into poverty is drastically different than Gillenormand's loneliness.
- Hitting the Fan
A gripping description of Paris under siege. Mabeuf's BSOD leads to him being the first casualty. And then, everything happens at once.