Return to WaterlooWaterloo draws you in immediately with the perspective of a visit to the battlefield, before it breaks down into a long string of opinions.
Back on the Chain GangWhat happens when Jean Valjean is recaptured, and how he fakes his death...but accidentally tips off Javert with a good deed.
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.
Gavroche and his FamilyThe youngest two Thénardier children luck out by being raised by someone else. Gavroche is no worse off on the street than his sisters at home, but by raising himself, he's turned out kind-hearted.
Marius Joins the PersecutionWith all his ideals, you want Marius to know better, but he still treats Jean Valjean the way the people of Digne did two decades earlier.
UnderminedThoughts on the Patron Minette/Jondrette episode of the Les Mis Reading Companion podcast.