Marianne wrote:40 sous = 2 francs, or about $15. The conversion is a little screwy though, because physical commodities (food, clothing, etc) were much more expensive compared to, say, rent. So a franc could be worth anywhere between five and thirty present-day dollars.
For comparison: by law, a loaf of bread cost 1 sou; a skilled laborer like Feuilly made 3 francs (60 sous) a day; Marius, while poor, made about 700 francs a year, of which 30 went to his rent.
I've always had this theory that Montparnasse turned out to be the guy that gave Thenardier his costume for the last part, because Thenardier uses the nose-things that Gavroche showed Montparnasse how to make. Is this completely batty?
No, it's not. Though a cunning bastard like Thénardier might have known that already, and Gavroche might have picked it up from him, whereas Montparnasse could be newer to the trade. *shrugs*
On the contrary, I thought that according to Brujon, Thenardier doesn't really know the trade. So I presume that it would be Montparnasse helping Thenardier out, not vice versa.
Right, so Thénardier is incompetent in anything he does? I need to re-read the book... when there's time...
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