Posts Tagged “Parenting”
- Sunday in the Park with Fantine
We meet Fantine when she's carefree and still with Cosette's father; the Thenardiers on a day when they look ALMOST respectable; the mysterious M.Madeleine.
- Escape from Montfermeil
It takes 45 pages to get Cosette away from the Thenardiers. It's not complicated, just very, very detailed. Also: They're NOT comic relief, even remotely.
- Valjean sure knows how to pick a hiding place
Continuing my series on re-reading the novel. Valjean and Cosette arrive in Paris, but are soon driven out, pursued by Javert.
- Paris Has the Best Street Urchins
Victor Hugo describes the idealized Paris urchin of the early 1800s, a microcosm of Paris, itself a microcosm of the world. Then we meet Gavroche.
- 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.
- Ambush in the Slums
Marius meets his wretched neighbors, the Thenardiers, who try to extort money from Jean Valjean and Cosette. A tense standoff is interrupted by Javert.
- Meanwhile, Back at the Rue Plumet…
After 250 pages only seeing them from Marius' POV, we meet Valjean, Cosette and their home in the Rue Plumet...and see their side of the stealth courtship.
- Tholomyès the…Dad?
It seems weird that someone as someone as shallow and selfish as Tholomyès actually stayed with Fantine during her pregnancy.