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?
ConvictionsDonougher's translation of this chapter title is perfect: Where Convictions Take Shape. Double meaning preserved without being awkward.
Javert vs. the One Who Got AwayJavert cares about order, hierarchy, authority. He doesn’t care about people. Anyone on top of the heap he figures deserves to be there, and vice versa. That’s why “Madeleine” throws him for such a loop.