Nowadays, new writers are frequently advised to choose just three or so traits to introduce new characters. I wonder if this suggestion arose out of reading Victor Hugo. In Les Miserables we read whole chapters devoted to getting to know new characters. I love it. It’s like sitting down and having coffee with them and getting to know all about them.
An interesting thing, to this reader, is that Victor Hugo includes descriptions of his character’s reading habits as a way for us to get to know them. Here starts short series of posts on ways people who inhabit Les Miserables relate to the written word.