Aurelia Combeferre wrote:In which the Bishop converses a great deal...omitting of course Jean Valjean's circumstances.
The Bishop knelt before this curtain as he passed and said a brief prayer. A moment later he was in his garden, walking, meditating, conteplating, his heart and soul wholly absorbed in those grand and mysterious things which God shows at night to the eyes which remain open.
As for the man,he was actually so fatigued that he did not even profit by the nice white sheets. Snuffing out his candle with his nostrils after the manner of convicts, he dropped, all dressed as he was, upon the bed, where he immediately fell into a profound sleep.
humanracer wrote:From the outset Hugo paints the picture of Valjean as a decent man wronged by society and the justice system. The young Valjean has the same qualities as the Valjean we see later in the book. He cared for his siblings and on occasion even helped them escape harsh punishment. He was always a man of mercy. So the story of Valjean is not really one of redemption but rather the real Valjean finding himself again after being turned into a monster by society.
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