Rose translation wrote:Fantine learned how you go completely without heat in the winter, how you get rid of a bird who eats a farthing's worth of millet every other day...
Okay, my new headcanon for Fantine includes her having a pet bird. Which makes absolutely no sense, since she was just barely keeping up with expenses even before she lost her job, but just the wording in the Hapgood translation ("how to give up
a bird which eats a half a farthing's worth of millet every two days”) just keeps putting that image there.
Edit: Well, maybe not entirely
no sense; she may not have thought too much of a couple of farthings every other day when she had her job. But anyway, the bird is now part of my headcanon, at any rate.