Les Miserables, Volumes 13-17

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Chez G. Paetz, 1862 - France - 585 pages
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Valjean returns after serving nineteen years' hard labour, and after a bad start robbing the man who is trying to help him, he becomes an honest, hard-working and respected man, always shadowed by the mistrusting Javert, who is himself ultimately denounced as a spy.

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Page 114 - THOSE WHO WOULD get a clear idea of the battle of Waterloo have only to lay down upon the ground in their mind a capital A. The left stroke of the A is the road from Nivelles, the right stroke is the road from Genappe, the cross of the A is the sunken road from Ohain to Braine l'Alleud.
Page 533 - For fear of fatiguing or annoying the convalescent, he got behind him to smile upon him. He was contented, joyous, enraptured, delightful, young. His white hairs added a sweet majesty to the cheerful light upon his face. When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
Page 25 - Valjean resumed his contemplations, his cap in his left hand, his club in his right, and his hair bristling on his fierce-looking head. Under this frightful gaze the bishop still slept in profoundest peace. The crucifix above the mantelpiece was dimly visible in the moonlight, apparently extending its arms towards both, with a benediction for one and a pardon for the other. Suddenly Jean Valjean put on his cap, then passed quickly, without looking at the bishop, along the bed, straight to the cupboard...
Page 113 - Had the ground been dry and the artillery able to move, the action would have been commenced at six o'clock in the morning. The battle would have been won and finished at two o'clock, three hours before the Prussians turned the scale of fortune. How much fault is there on the part of Napoleon in the loss of this battle?
Page v - So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth and complicates a destiny that is divine with human fatality; so long as the three problems...
Page 134 - At that moment she felt all at once that the weight of the bucket was gone. A hand which seemed enormous to her, had just caught the handle and was carrying it easily. She raised her head. A large dark form, straight and erect, was walking beside her in the gloom. It was a man who had come up behind her and whom she had riot heard.
Page 26 - Just as the brother and sister were rising from the table there was a knock at the door. " Come in," said the bishop. The door opened. A strange, fierce group appeared on the threshold. Three men were holding a fourth by the collar. The three men were gen-d'armes ; the fourth, Jean Valjean. A brigadier of gen-d'armes, who appeared to head the group, was near the door. He advanced toward the bishop, giving a military salute. " Monseigneur,
Page 28 - Jean Valjean felt like a man who is just about to faint. The bishop approached him, and said, in a low voice: "Forget not, never forget that you have promised me to u*e this silver to become an honest man.

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