Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo

Table of Contents

Volume i.


Book First — A Just Man
  1. M. Myriel
  2. M. Myriel Becomes M. Welcome
  3. A Hard Bishopric for a Good Bishop
  4. Works Corresponding to Words
  5. Monseigneur Bienvenu Made His Cassocks Last Too Long
  6. Who Guarded His House for Him
  7. Cravatte
  8. Philosophy After Drinking
  9. The Brother as Depicted by the Sister
  10. The Bishop in the Presence of an Unknown Light
  11. A Restriction
  12. The Solitude of Monseigneur Welcome
  13. What he Believed
  14. What he Thought
Book Second — The Fall
  1. The Evening of a Day of Walking
  2. Prudence Counselled to Wisdom.
  3. The Heroism of Passive Obedience.
  4. Details Concerning the Cheese-Dairies of Pontarlier.
  5. Tranquillity
  6. Jean Valjean
  7. The Interior of Despair
  8. Billows and Shadows
  9. New Troubles
  10. The Man Aroused
  11. What he Does
  12. The Bishop Works
  13. Little Gervais
Book Third. — In the Year 1817
  1. The Year 1817
  2. A Double Quartette
  3. Four and Four
  4. Tholomyes is So Merry that he Sings a Spanish Ditty
  5. At Bombarda’s
  6. A Chapter in which They Adore Each Other
  7. The Wisdom of Tholomyes
  8. The Death of a Horse
  9. A Merry End to Mirth
Book Fourth. — To Confide is Sometimes to Deliver into a Person’s Power
  1. One Mother Meets Another Mother
  2. First Sketch of Two Unprepossessing Figures
  3. The Lark
Book Fifth. — The Descent.
  1. The History of a Progress in Black Glass Trinkets
  2. Madeleine
  3. Sums Deposited with Laffitte
  4. M. Madeleine in Mourning
  5. Vague Flashes on the Horizon
  6. Father Fauchelevent
  7. Fauchelevent Becomes a Gardener in Paris
  8. Madame Victurnien Expends Thirty Francs on Morality
  9. Madame Victurnien’s Success
  10. Result of the Success
  11. Christus Nos Liberavit
  12. M. Bamatabois’s Inactivity
  13. The Solution of Some Questions Connected with the Municipal Police
Book Sixth. — Javert
  1. The Beginning of Repose
  2. How Jean May Become Champ
Book Seventh. — The Champmathieu Affair
  1. Sister Simplice
  2. The Perspicacity of Master Scaufflaire
  3. A Tempest in a Skull
  4. Forms Assumed by Suffering During Sleep
  5. Hindrances
  6. Sister Simplice Put to the Proof
  7. The Traveller on His Arrival Takes Precautions for Departure
  8. An Entrance by Favor
  9. A Place where Convictions are in Process of Formation
  10. The System of Denials
  11. Champmathieu More and More Astonished
Book Eighth. — A Counter-Blow
  1. In what Mirror M. Madeleine Contemplates His Hair
  2. Fantine Happy
  3. Javert Satisfied
  4. Authority Reasserts its Rights
  5. A Suitable Tomb

Volume ii.


Book First. — Waterloo
  1. What is Met with on the Way from Nivelles
  2. Hougomont
  3. The Eighteenth of June, 1815
  4. A
  5. The Quid Obscurum of Battles
  6. Four O’clock in the Afternoon
  7. Napoleon in a Good Humor
  8. The Emperor Puts a Question to the Guide Lacoste
  9. The Unexpected
  10. The Plateau of Mont-Saint-Jean
  11. A Bad Guide to Napoleon; a Good Guide to Bulow
  12. The Guard
  13. The Catastrophe
  14. The Last Square
  15. Cambronne
  16. Quot Libras in Duce?
  17. Is Waterloo to Be Considered Good?
  18. A Recrudescence of Divine Right
  19. The Battle-Field at Night
Book Second. — The Ship Orion
  1. Number 24,601 Becomes Number 9,430
  2. In which the Reader Will Peruse Two Verses, which are of the Devil’s Composition, Possibly
  3. The Ankle-Chain Must have Undergone a Certain Preparatory Manipulation to Be Thus Broken with a Blow from a Hammer
Book Third. — Accomplishment of the Promise Made to the Dead Woman
  1. The Water Question at Montfermeil
  2. Two Complete Portraits
  3. Men Must have Wine, and Horses Must have Water
  4. Entrance on the Scene of a Doll
  5. The Little One All Alone
  6. Which Possibly Proves Boulatruelle’s Intelligence
  7. Cosette Side by Side with the Stranger in the Dark
  8. The Unpleasantness of Receiving into One’s House a Poor Man who May Be a Rich Man
  9. Thenardier and His Manoeuvres
  10. He who Seeks to Better Himself May Render His Situation Worse
  11. Number 9,430 Reappears, and Cosette Wins it in the Lottery
Book Fourth. — The Gorbeau Hovel
  1. Master Gorbeau
  2. A Nest for Owl and a Warbler
  3. Two Misfortunes Make One Piece of Good Fortune
  4. The Remarks of the Principal Tenant
  5. A Five-Franc Piece Falls on the Ground and Produces a Tumult
Book Fifth. — For a Black Hunt, a Mute Pack
  1. The Zigzags of Strategy
  2. It is Lucky that the Pont D’austerlitz Bears Carriages
  3. To Wit, the Plan of Paris in 1727
  4. The Gropings of Flight
  5. Which Would Be Impossible with Gas Lanterns
  6. The Beginning of an Enigma
  7. Continuation of the Enigma
  8. The Enigma Becomes Doubly Mysterious
  9. The Man with the Bell
  10. Which Explains How Javert Got on the Scent
Book Sixth. — Le Petit-Picpus
  1. Number 62 Rue Petit-Picpus
  2. The Obedience of Martin Verga
  3. Austerities
  4. Gayeties
  5. Distractions
  6. The Little Convent
  7. Some Silhouettes of this Darkness
  8. Post Corda Lapides
  9. A Century Under a Guimpe
  10. Origin of the Perpetual Adoration
  11. End of the Petit-Picpus
Book Seventh. — Parenthesis
  1. The Convent as an Abstract Idea
  2. The Convent as an Historical Fact
  3. On what Conditions One Can Respect the Past
  4. The Convent from the Point of View of Principles
  5. Prayer
  6. The Absolute Goodness of Prayer
  7. Precautions to Be Observed in Blame
  8. Faith, Law
Book Eighth. — Cemeteries Take that which is Committed Them
  1. Which Treats of the Manner of Entering a Convent
  2. Fauchelevent in the Presence of a Difficulty
  3. Mother Innocente
  4. In which Jean Valjean has Quite the Air of Having Read Austin Castillejo
  5. It is Not Necessary to Be Drunk in Order to Be Immortal
  6. Between Four Planks
  7. In which Will Be Found the Origin of the Saying: Don’t Lose the Card
  8. A Successful Interrogatory
  9. Cloistered

Volume iii


Book First. — Paris Studied in its Atom
  1. Parvulus
  2. Some of His Particular Characteristics
  3. He is Agreeable
  4. He May Be of Use
  5. His Frontiers
  6. A Bit of History
  7. The Gamin Should have His Place in the Classifications of India
  8. In which the Reader Will Find a Charming Saying of the Last King
  9. The Old Soul of Gaul
  10. Ecce Paris, Ecce Homo
  11. To Scoff, to Reign
  12. The Future Latent in the People
  13. Little Gavroche
Book Second. — The Great Bourgeois
  1. Ninety Years and Thirty-Two Teeth
  2. Like Master, Like House
  3. Luc-Esprit
  4. A Centenarian Aspirant
  5. Basque and Nicolette
  6. In which Magnon and Her Two Children are Seen
  7. Rule: Receive No One Except in the Evening
  8. Two Do Not Make a Pair
Book Third. — The Grandfather and the Grandson
  1. An Ancient Salon
  2. One of the Red Spectres of that Epoch
  3. Requiescant
  4. End of the Brigand
  5. The Utility of Going to Mass, in Order to Become a Revolutionist
  6. The Consequences of Having Met a Warden
  7. Some Petticoat
  8. Marble Against Granite
Book Fourth. — The Friends of the a B c
  1. A Group which Barely Missed Becoming Historic
  2. Blondeau’s Funeral Oration by Bossuet
  3. Marius’ Astonishments
  4. The Back Room of the Cafe Musain
  5. Enlargement of Horizon
  6. Res Angusta
Book Fifth. — The Excellence of Misfortune
  1. Marius Indigent
  2. Marius Poor
  3. Marius Grown up
  4. M. Mabeuf
  5. Poverty a Good Neighbor for Misery
  6. The Substitute
Book Sixth. — The Conjunction of Two Stars
  1. The Sobriquet: Mode of Formation of Family Names
  2. Lux Facta Est
  3. Effect of the Spring
  4. Beginning of a Great Malady
  5. Divrs Claps of Thunder Fall on Ma’am Bougon
  6. Taken Prisoner
  7. Adventures of the Letter U Delivered Over to Conjectures
  8. The Veterans Themselves Can Be Happy
  9. Eclipse
Book Seventh. — Patron Minette
  1. Mines and Miners
  2. The Lowest Depths
  3. Babet, Gueulemer, Claquesous, and Montparnasse
  4. Composition of the Troupe
Book Eighth. — The Wicked Poor Man
  1. Marius, While Seeking a Girl in a Bonnet, Encounters a Man in a Cap
  2. Treasure Trove
  3. Quadrifrons
  4. A Rose in Misery
  5. A Providential Peep-Hole
  6. The Wild Man in His Lair
  7. Strategy and Tactics
  8. The Ray of Light in the Hovel
  9. Jondrette Comes Near Weeping
  10. Tariff of Licensed Cabs: Two Francs an Hour
  11. Offers of Service from Misery to Wretchedness
  12. The Use Made of M. Leblanc’s Five-Franc Piece
  13. Solus Cum Solo, in Loco Remoto, Non Cogitabuntur Orare Pater Noster
  14. In which a Police Agent Bestows Two Fistfuls on a Lawyer
  15. Jondrette Makes His Purchases
  16. In which Will Be Found the Words to an English Air which was in Fashion in 1832
  17. The Use Made of Marius’ Five-Franc Piece
  18. Marius’ Two Chairs Form a Vis-A-Vis
  19. Occupying One’s Self with Obscure Depths
  20. The Trap
  21. One Should Always Begin by Arresting the Victims
  22. The Little One who was Crying in Volume Two

Volume iv.


Book First. — A Few Pages of History
  1. Well Cut
  2. Badly Sewed
  3. Louis Philippe
  4. Cracks Beneath the Foundation
  5. Facts whence History Springs and which History Ignores
  6. Enjolras and His Lieutenants
Book Second. — Eponine
  1. The Lark’s Meadow
  2. Embryonic Formation of Crimes in the Incubation of Prisons
  3. Apparition to Father Mabeuf
  4. An Apparition to Marius
Book Third. — The House in the Rue Plumet
  1. The House with a Secret
  2. Jean Valjean as a National Guard
  3. Foliis Ac Frondibus
  4. Change of Gate
  5. The Rose Perceives that it is an Engine of War
  6. The Battle Begun
  7. To One Sadness Oppose a Sadness and a Half
  8. The Chain-Gang
Book Fourth. — Succor from Below May Turn Out to Be Succor from on High
  1. A Wound Without, Healing Within
  2. Mother Plutarque Finds No Difficulty in Explaining a Phenomenon
Book Fifth. — The End of which Does Not Resemble the Beginning
  1. Solitude and the Barracks Combined
  2. Cosette’s Apprehensions
  3. Enriched with Commentaries by Toussaint
  4. A Heart Beneath a Stone
  5. Cosette After the Letter
  6. Old People are Made to Go Out Opportunely
Book Sixth. — Little Gavroche
  1. The Malicious Playfulness of the Wind
  2. In which Little Gavroche Extracts Profit from Napoleon the Great
  3. The Vicissitudes of Flight
Book Seventh. — Slang
  1. Origin
  2. Roots
  3. Slang which Weeps and Slang which Laughs
  4. The Two Duties: To Watch and to Hope
Book Eighth. — Enchantments and Desolations
  1. Full Light
  2. The Bewilderment of Perfect Happiness
  3. The Beginning of Shadow
  4. A Cab Runs in English and Barks in Slang
  5. Things of the Night
  6. Marius Becomes Practical Once More to the Extent of Giving Cosette His Address
  7. The Old Heart and the Young Heart in the Presence of Each Other
Book Ninth. — Whither are They Going?
  1. Jean Valjean
  2. Marius
  3. M. Mabeuf
Book Tenth. — The 5th of June, 1832
  1. The Surface of the Question
  2. The Root of the Matter
  3. A Burial; an Occasion to Be Born Again
  4. The Ebullitions of Former Days
  5. Originality of Paris
Book Eleventh. — The Atom Fraternizes with the Hurricane
  1. Some Explanations with Regard to the Origin of Gavroche’s Poetry. The Influence of an Academician on this Poetry
  2. Gavroche on the March
  3. Just Indignation of a Hair-Dresser
  4. The Child is Amazed at the Old Man
  5. The Old Man
  6. Recruits
Book Twelfth. — Corinthe
  1. History of Corinthe from its Foundation
  2. Preliminary Gayeties
  3. Night Begins to Descend Upon Grantaire
  4. An Attempt to Console the Widow Hucheloup
  5. Preparations
  6. Waiting
  7. The Man Recruited in the Rue Des Billettes
  8. Many Interrogation Points with Regard to a Certain Le Cabuc Whose Name May Not have Been Le Cabuc
Book Thirteenth. — Marius Enters the Shadow
  1. From the Rue Plumet to the Quartier Saint-Denis
  2. An Owl’s View of Paris
  3. The Extreme Edge
Book Fourteenth. — The Grandeurs of Despair
  1. The Flag: Act First
  2. The Flag: Act Second
  3. Gavroche Would have Done Better to Accept Enjolras’ Carbine
  4. The Barrel of Powder
  5. End of the Verses of Jean Prouvaire
  6. The Agony of Death After the Agony of Life
  7. Gavroche as a Profound Calculator of Distances
Book Fifteenth. — The Rue De L’homme Arme
  1. A Drinker is a Babbler
  2. The Street Urchin an Enemy of Light
  3. While Cosette and Toussaint are Asleep
  4. Gavroche’s Excess of Zeal

Volume v

Jean Valjean

Book First. — The War Between Four Walls
  1. The Charybdis of the Faubourg Saint Antoine and the Scylla of the Faubourg Du Temple
  2. What is to Be Done in the Abyss If One Does Not Converse
  3. Light and Shadow
  4. Minus Five, Plus One
  5. The Horizon which One Beholds from the Summit of a Barricade
  6. Marius Haggard, Javert Laconic
  7. The Situation Becomes Aggravated
  8. The Artillery-Men Compel People to Take Them Seriously
  9. Employment of the Old Talents of a Poacher and that Infallible Marksmanship which Influenced the Condemnation of 1796
  10. Dawn
  11. The Shot which Misses Nothing and Kills No One
  12. Disorder a Partisan of Order
  13. Passing Gleams
  14. Wherein Will Appear the Name of Enjolras’ Mistress
  15. Gavroche Outside
  16. How from a Brother One Becomes a Father
  17. Mortuus Pater Filium Moriturum Expectat
  18. The Vulture Become Prey
  19. Jean Valjean Takes His Revenge
  20. The Dead are in the Right and the Living are Not in the Wrong
  21. The Heroes
  22. Foot to Foot
  23. Orestes Fasting and Pylades Drunk
  24. Prisoner
Book Second. — The Intestine of the Leviathan
  1. The Land Impoverished by the Sea
  2. Ancient History of the Sewer
  3. Bruneseau
  4. Bruneseau (continued)
  5. Present Progress
  6. Future Progress
Book Third. — Mud but the Soul
  1. The Sewer and its Surprises
  2. Explanation
  3. The “Spun” Man
  4. He Also Bears His Cross
  5. In the Case of Sand as in that of Woman, There is a Fineness which is Treacherous
  6. The Fontis
  7. One Sometimes Runs Aground when One Fancies that One is Disembarking
  8. The Torn Coat-Tail
  9. Marius Produces on Some One who is a Judge of the Matter, the Effect of Being Dead
  10. Return of the Son who was Prodigal of His Life
  11. Concussion in the Absolute
  12. The Grandfather
Book Fourth. — Javert Derailed
  1. Javert passed slowly down the Rue de l’Homme Arme.
Book Fifth. — Grandson and Grandfather
  1. In which the Tree with the Zinc Plaster Appears Again
  2. Marius, Emerging from civil War, Makes Ready for Domestic War
  3. Marius Attacked
  4. Mademoiselle Gillenormand Ends by No Longer Thinking it a Bad Thing that M. Fauchelevent Should have Entered with Something Under His Arm
  5. Deposit Your Money in a Forest Rather than with a Notary
  6. The Two Old Men Do Everything, Each One After His Own Fashion, to Render Cosette Happy
  7. The Effects of Dreams Mingled with Happiness
  8. Two Men Impossible to Find
Book Sixth. — The Sleepless Night
  1. The 16th of February, 1833
  2. Jean Valjean Still Wears His Arm in a Sling
  3. The Inseparable
  4. The Immortal Liver
Book Seventh. — The Last Draught from the Cup
  1. The Seventh Circle and the Eighth Heaven
  2. The Obscurities which a Revelation Can Contain
Book Eighth. — Fading Away of the Twilight
  1. The Lower Chamber
  2. Another Step Backwards
  3. They Recall the Garden of the Rue Plumet
  4. Attraction and Extinction
Book Ninth. — Supreme Shadow, Supreme Dawn
  1. Pity for the Unhappy, but Indulgence for the Happy
  2. Last Flickerings of a Lamp Without Oil
  3. A Pen is Heavy to the Man who Lifted the Fauchelevent’s Cart
  4. A Bottle of Ink which Only Succeeded in Whitening
  5. A Night Behind which There is Day
  6. The Grass Covers and the Rain Effaces

Letter to M. Daelli


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