Woman of the Town

She may be my favorite character of all novels. Fantine. Victor Hugo lets us know her heights and depths and breadths in many many pages. Oh how happy I am Les Miserables was written before movies, before authors wrote from the visual perspective. Hugo’s stunning exploration of Fantine’s inner life, sharing with us on p 121 how

miserablesfantineFantine was one of those beings who are bought forth from the heart of the people..

or, as I’ve found in another translation, at Kindle location 2589, of Les Miserables:

Fantine was one of those beings who blossom, so to speak, from the dregs of the people.

Maybe we’re all a bit from the heart and bit from the dregs. Thank you, Victor Hugo.

Musical accompaniment: Stella Blue.


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