Free Study Guide for Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: "Les Mis"|
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The Champmatheir Affair is the beginning of a life long battle Valjean
will fight every time he has the opportunity to free himself of the ax
that dangles above his head. Over and over, he will sacrifice himself
and deny himself in the interest of protecting another.
Valjean returns to Fantine who asks again for Cosette. He tells her
that Cosette is with him but that she, Fantine, is not yet well enough
to see her. Fantine hallucinates when she hears a child laughing in the
courtyard; she believes it is Cosette. Javert enters and speaks cruelly
to Fantine as well as to Valjean. The shock of seeing the man who once
tried to arrest her is the last straw for Fantine who goes into convulsions
and dies. Valjean speak tenderly to her, arranges her head on the pillow,
then gives himself up to Javert.
Valjean is placed in the city prison. Within two hours all of M sur
m except for three or four loyal friends turn their backs on him, forgetting
all the good he has done. He escapes from the prison by breaking a bar
out of the window and returns to his room where he leaves instructions
regarding the burial of Fantine, money to repay Petit Gervais, and packs
up his own meager belongings (being particularly careful to wrap up the
candlesticks) and hurries away.
There is a substantial time lag in the life of Valjean after this chapter.
Whether he surrenders or is taken, we are not told, but he is captured
and imprisoned for about five years. During this time, Thenardier will
perform increasingly depraved acts and the treatment of Cosette, with
the absence of Fantine’s money, will get as bad as it could get without
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