History Literature / LesMiserables

3rd May '18 3:40:22 AM Synchronicity
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22nd Apr '18 10:08:43 AM Kalaong
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For that, he was condemned to five years hard labor in a brutal, dehumanizing penal system that was par for the course at the time. Before his imprisonment, he was kind, of an even personality, and, in his own words, dull like a block of wood. Nineteen years in the galleys -- nineteen instead of five, for all of his escape attempts -- changed him completely, making him bitter, harsh, and incapable of relating to other human beings as friendly agents. The system at the time made it virtually impossible to be re-integrated into society; the only real way out was death, and the provisions of the law facilitated that: on one's [[RuleOfThree third offense]], the death penalty was automatically imposed. However, it was impossible for convicts to make an honest living, because no one would give them work. It was a dreadful double bind. This is the situation Valjean finds himself in when he is finally released. He is set on the fastlane to being sent back again when a meeting with an unconditionally kind man, who happens to be a bishop, changes him forever, for a second time, just as profoundly as his experiences in the bagne changed him.

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For that, he was condemned to five years hard labor in a brutal, dehumanizing penal system that was par for the course at the time. Before his imprisonment, he was kind, of an even personality, and, in his own words, dull like a block of wood. Nineteen years in the galleys -- nineteen instead of five, for all of his escape attempts -- changed him completely, making him bitter, harsh, and incapable of relating to other human beings as friendly agents. The system at the time made it virtually impossible to be re-integrated into society; the only real way out was death, and the provisions of the law facilitated that: on one's [[RuleOfThree third offense]], the death penalty was automatically imposed. However, it was [[JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife impossible for convicts to make an honest living, living]], because no one would give them work. It was a dreadful double bind. This is the situation Valjean finds himself in when he is finally released. He is set on the fastlane to being sent back again when a meeting with an unconditionally kind man, who happens to be a bishop, changes him forever, for a second time, just as profoundly as his experiences in the bagne changed him.



* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife

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* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLifeJaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: Perhaps the TropeCodifier, as Valjean's life of crime was set in stone from the moment he stole ''a loaf of bread.''
21st Apr '18 5:07:15 PM PaulA
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** A very early line mentions Mousqueton, Porthos' valet in ''Literature/TheThreeMsketeers''.

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** A very early line mentions Mousqueton, Porthos' valet in ''Literature/TheThreeMsketeers''. ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''.
21st Apr '18 8:07:40 AM Chabal2
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* ShoutOut: Hugo's mention of ''Claude Gueux'' and ''Literature/TheLastDayOfACondemnedMan'' is close to advertisement.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Hugo's mention of ''Claude Gueux'' and ''Literature/TheLastDayOfACondemnedMan'' is close to advertisement.advertisement.
** A very early line mentions Mousqueton, Porthos' valet in ''Literature/TheThreeMsketeers''.
11th Feb '18 7:41:51 PM nombretomado
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* {{Patronymic}}: Jean Valjean is named after his father who, also being named Jean, got the fake-surname Valjean as a contraction of Voilà Jean, a surname that used to also be called "Vlajean."
11th Jan '18 9:05:36 AM Kalaong
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* DecompositeCharacter: Valjean and Javert had the same real life prototype: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugène_François_Vidocq
Eugène François Vidocq.]]

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* DecompositeCharacter: Valjean and Javert had the same real life prototype: https://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugène_François_Vidocq
org/wiki/Eugène_François_Vidocq Eugène François Vidocq.]]
11th Jan '18 9:05:00 AM Kalaong
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* DecompositeCharacter: Valjean and Javert had the same real life prototype: Eugène François Vidocq.

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* DecompositeCharacter: Valjean and Javert had the same real life prototype: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugène_François_Vidocq
Eugène François Vidocq.]]
17th Dec '17 11:44:30 AM DustSnitch
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* BadassGrandpa: Jean Valjean.
16th Dec '17 12:51:48 AM Omeganian
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* DecompositeCharacter: Valjean and Javert had the same real life prototype: Eugène François Vidocq.
6th Dec '17 7:08:43 PM SpaceDrake
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He breaks his parole and commits a minor theft out of habit, beginning the book-long chase with InspectorJavert as the pursuer. Over the course of the book, with the inspector always right behind him, Valjean: becomes mayor of a small seaside town due to the penchant for altruism he developed after his redemption; makes a fortune from his own ingenuity and innovation; does many philanthropic works, among them caring for a dying woman, one of his factory workers, and promising her to ensure the well-being of her daughter Cosette; reveals his identity in court to prevent the wrongful incarceration of another man who was mistaken for him; is captured and sent to the galleys, but escapes to keep his promise; adopts the waifish Cosette, and moves from town to town with his final stop as Paris, where he uses his superhuman powers of transcendental niceness to see to his adopted daughter's happiness and save everyone who needs saving.

You probably know the rest.

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He breaks his parole and commits a minor theft out of habit, beginning the book-long chase with InspectorJavert as the pursuer. Over the course of the book, with the inspector always right behind him, Valjean: Valjean becomes mayor of a small seaside town due to the penchant for altruism he developed after his redemption; makes a fortune from his own ingenuity and innovation; does many philanthropic works, among them caring for a dying woman, one of his factory workers, and promising her to ensure the well-being of her daughter Cosette; reveals his identity in court to prevent the wrongful incarceration of another man who was mistaken for him; is captured and sent to the galleys, but escapes to keep his promise; adopts the waifish Cosette, and moves from town to town with his final stop as Paris, where he uses his superhuman powers of transcendental niceness puts forth every effort he can to see to his adopted daughter's make sure that Cosette has the happiness and he could not and, one might argue, achieves a ''transcendental'' niceness that might save everyone he meets, including this annoying lad who needs saving.

You probably know
seems to be developing an interest in Cosette (and who has his own history).

But that niceness may be put to a different test entirely, because by 1830, as Cosette comes of age, a great many ''other'' people in France have had just about enough of
the rest.
very same system that so traumatized Valjean all those years ago, and the crusade of change may be about to sweep over all our dramatis personae...
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