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ZenitYerkes 07-31-2010 11:51 AM

Les Miserables
Full of deep thoughts, sad stories and moments of true love. Not a divine, but a human Bible.

Extract, from when Jean Valjean, convict, is received in the house of the Bishop and told he will have dinner and bed.


...Each time that he uttered the word sir, in his voice which was so gently grave and polished, the man's face lighted up. Monsieur to a convict is like a glass of water to one of the shipwrecked of the Medusa. Ignominy thirsts for consideration.

"This lamp gives a very bad light," said the Bishop.

Madame Magloire understood him, and went to get the two silver candlesticks from the chimney-piece in Monseigneur's bed-chamber, and placed them, lighted, on the table.

"Monsieur le Cure," said the man, "you are good; you do not despise me. You receive me into your house. You light your candles for me. Yet I have not concealed from you whence I come and that I am an unfortunate man."

The Bishop, who was sitting close to him, gently touched his hand. "You could not help telling me who you were. This is not my house; it is the house of Jesus Christ. This door does not demand of him who enters whether he has a name, but whether he has a grief. You suffer, you are hungry and thirsty; you are welcome. And do not thank me; do not say that I receive you in my house. No one is at home here, except the man who needs a refuge. I say to you, who are passing by, that you are much more at home here than I am myself. Everything here is yours. What need have I to know your name? Besides, before you told me you had one which I knew."

The man opened his eyes in astonishment.

"Really? You knew what I was called?"

"Yes," replied the Bishop, "you are called my brother."

X.,.Pandora.,.X 07-31-2010 02:29 PM

could u give me a quick over-view of that book, its one of my summer reading books

ZenitYerkes 07-31-2010 03:35 PM


Originally Posted by X.,.Pandora.,.X (Post 82347)
could u give me a quick over-view of that book, its one of my summer reading books

Trust me, the book is not only one story, one main character. It would be impossible to do a proper review in a day, and less a quick over-view.

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