What ho, gentle reader! Ever paged your way through a huge, sprawling 19th-century French novel and wondered...
    What's so noteworthy about the number eighteen?
        What does Theocritus have to do with Cosette's taking a stroll on a breezy day?
            Who in Hell is Ugolino?
                We take a stab at these questions, and more, in...

a n n o t a t i n g
Victor Hugo's
L E S    M I S É R A B L E S

Begun Feb. 6, 1998
new/updated: May 17, 2001
new/updated: Jul. 19, 2001
new: Aug. 3, 2001
new/updated: Aug. 6, 2001
new/updated: Jul. 14, 2003

Note 1: This is not meant to be an authoritative or certifiably scholarly work on the subject--this is a presentation of gathered information, the correctness of which I do my best to verify.

Note 2: Any brief quotations (I have no intention of reproducing significant portions of the text here--for reasons of respecting copyright, and for practical use of space) are taken from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, translated by Isabel F. Hapgood. This version can be found at the University of Virginia Library, Electronic Text Center and other sites; it has been chosen for this page primarily because it's publicly accessible. No profit is being made from these "annotating" pages.

Note 3: I've barely begun. As you can see, I've simply picked a starting point--not entirely at random--and will build from there. Additions and corrections are always welcome. Proper credit will be given, of course.

Note 3a: Arlene Harris has sent me some detailed info on the French incarceration systems of the time. I haven't yet been able to put this info onto this site, but in the meantime I would like to acknowledge her contribution.

With contributions by
    Lawrence Kwong
    Stephanie Tsulin
    Sheyna Watkins
    Larry Porter
    Mike Ivanof
    Your name here

Volume III: Marius

Book Fourth: The Friends of the A B C
I. A Group which barely missed becoming Historic          updated
II. Blondeau's Funeral Oration by Bossuet
III. Marius' Astonishments
IV. The Back Room of the Cafè Musain
V. Enlargement of Horizon     updated
VI. Res Angusta

Book Fifth: The Excellence of Misfortune
I. Marius Indigent
II. Marius Poor     new
III. Marius Grown Up   updated
IV. M. Mabeuf
V. Poverty a Good Neighbor for Misery
VI. The Substitute

Book Sixth: The Conjunction of Two Stars
I. The Sobriquet: Mode of Formation of Family Names
II. Lux Facta Est
III. Effect of the Spring
IV. Beginning of a Great Malady
V. Divers Claps of Thunder Fall on Ma'am Bougon
VI. Taken Prisoner     updated
VII. Adventures of the Letter U Delivered Over to Conjectures
VIII. The Veterans Themselves Can be Happy

Book Seventh: Patron-Minette
I. Mines and Miners
II. The Lowest Depths
III. Babet, Gueulemer, Claquesous, and Montparnasse
IV. Composition of the Troupe

Book Eighth: The Wicked Poor Man
I. Marius, While Seeking A Girl In a Bonnet...
II. Treasure Trove     new
III. Quadrifrons     new
VI. A Rose in Misery     new
VII. A Providential Peep-Hole
VI. The Wild Man in His Lair        new     updated
VII. Strategy and Tactics     new     updated
VIII. The Ray of Light in the Hovel
IX. Jondrette Comes Near Weeping     new
X: Tariff of Licensed Cabs: Two Francs an Hour     new    updated
XI. Offers of Service from Misery to Wretchedness
XII. The Use Made of M. Leblanc's Five-Franc Piece    new
XIII. Solus Cum Solo, in Loco Remoto, Non Cogitabuntur Orare Pater Noster    new     updated
XIV. In Which a Police Agent Bestows Two Fistfuls on a Lawyer    new
XV. Jondrette Makes His Purchases    new
XVI. In Which Will be Found the Words to an English Air Which Was in Fashion in 1832    new
XVII. The Use Made of Marius' Five-Franc Piece    new
XVIII. Marius' Two Chairs Form a Vis-a-Vis    new
XIX. Occupying One's Self with Obscure Depths    new

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