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(◕‿◕✿) Fun Thenardier Family Facts! (◕‿◕✿)

Azelma Thenardier exists and is basically forgotten by everyone in the fandom

After Valjean takes Cosette without paying the Thenardiers anything, Thenardier follows them and regrets not bringing a gun

Gavroche was kicked  out into the streets basically as soon as he could walk

There are five Thenardier kids, and out of them, two die and two are sold off and then left on the streets. Only Azelma is with the family until the end, and she and Thenardier are likely the only ones in the family that survive for very long after the book ends

Eponine nearly drowned herself but couldn’t because the water was too cold

Eponine went to the barricade knowing she would die- in fact, that’s what she wanted, and she wanted Marius to die with her

Azelma was forced to smash her fist through a window, injuring herself, in an effort to extort more money from Valjean

Marius feels indebted to Thenardier and has an emotional crisis over whether or not to turn the man in when he has kidnapped Valjean

Madame Thenardier died in prison

Gavroche broke his father and the rest of the Patron Minette out of prison at the request of Montparnasse, but Thenardier failed to recognize his own son

Gavroche takes care of two boys, never knowing that they are actually his brothers

These boys don’t even have first names

Mabeuf, not Eponine, was the first to die on the barricades

Eponine didn’t even die on the barricades- she died close to them, and only Marius knew about it

While dying, Eponine hears Gavroche singing nearby and asks Marius not to tell the boy she’s here, for fear he’ll “scold her”

Eponine, like Cosette, is usually portrayed as a young woman in the musical- in actuality, she was about fourteen or fifteen

In the musical, Eponine dies before she can say the word “grow,” while Gavroche is shot before he says “up.” Neither of the Thenardier siblings got to grow up

Thenardier most likely found his children’s bodies at the barricades, as he was in the sewers, robbing bodies

Thenardier and Azelma get money from Marius, then promptly move to America to trade slaves

The last time we see the unnamed Thenardier boys, they are wading through a duck pond to find soggy bread that was thrown in for the ducks- we never find out what happens afterwards, but it’s very likely they died without Gavroche 

By the end of the book, the only Thenardiers we are absolutely certain survived are Azelma and Thenardier

Gavroche's Death/Screams of Agony
  • Gavroche's Death/Screams of Agony
  • The many Grantaires
Play

I don’t know about the West End, but over here, our Grantaires take their relationship with Gavroche very seriously. So here is a compilation of some Grantaire’s screaming in agony when Gavroche is killed :D

  1. Joe Spieldenner, 4th National Tour (this is THE scream of agony. The official one)
  2. John Rapson, Broadway (This was early in his run, where he actually said “OH GOD NO”. Very memorable.)
  3. John Rapson, Broadway (Later in his run, where it’s just a scream)
  4. Adam Monley, Broadway understudy
  5. Dennis Moench, Broadway understudy 
  6. Eric Van Tielen, Tour understudy (dat whimper doe)
  7. Joe Spieldenner, North Shore Music Theatre (just… wait it out. The whole thing. It’s worth it)
  • baby: h-h-he
  • mom: hello? are you trying to say hello?
  • baby: h-hOW DO YOU DO MY NAME'S GAVROCHE THESE ARE MY PEOPLE HERES MY PATCH NOT MUCH TO LOOK AT NOTHING POSH NOTHING THAT YOU'D CALL UP TO SCRATCH THIS IS MY SCHOOL MY HIGH SOCIETY HERE IN THE SLUMS OF SAINT MICHELE WE LIVE ON CRUMBS OF HUMBLE PIETY TOUGH ON THE TEETH BUT WHAT THE HELL THINK YOU'RE POOR THINK YOU'RE FREE FOLLOW ME F O L L O W M E

The slum’s people probably think Gavroche is a cherub sent from heaven above.
“Oh just last week the darling boy helped me carry my baskets to the market.”
“Gavroche is so great! He gave me a scarf once.”
“That boy gave me money out of his own pocket.”

And Javert is standing there like, “You can’t be talking about the demon spawn who stole my horse and dropped a bucket of manure on my head.”

all of les amis turning up for Gavroche’s parents evening and all the parents confused why there’s this large group of young adults sitting in the classes tiny chairs 

and Gavroche’s teacher having to squeeze them all into their office 

all of les amis really engrossed in what the teacher is saying and asking so many questions about how Gavroche is doing and if he can improve anywhere 

this carrying on until Gavroche finishes high school and goes into uni