I read the brick after watching the musical so I did have some idea when and how someone's going to die, but still...
Thenardier. I was totally surprised. Guess literally everyone here was.
The *way* Fantine died surprised me...in a good way I guess. I felt very sad for her death in the musical and honestly didn't think it can be any sadder, but it did turn out to be more tragic in the book. I was so shocked when she realized that her daughter wasn't here and that Valjean was a "bad guy". At that moment all her hopes and illusions were shattered. It is the only event in the whole book that makes me hate Javert. I. Can't. Forgive. Him. Here.
The *way* Mabeuf died was unexpected for me as well. Now I still think his death is a bit rushed and unrealistic. I have the feeling that he died that way because Hugo was running out of excuses for people to die.
And I thought Enjolras was going to spare that guy when someone said something like he can be your brother...but he shot him. That kind of surprised me too.Honestly, I don't like book Enjolras very much partly due to the death of Mabeuf and that guy...*hurriedly hides from Enjy fans*