ch: jean valjean

anonymous asked:

I'm reading Les Mis right now and it says "Meanwhile, at the words Are you the man? the woman had risen, had clasped her two children in her arms, and had taken refuge precipitately behind her husband, staring in terror at the stranger, with her bosom uncovered, and with frightened eyes, as she murmured in a low tone, "Tso-maraude." Do you know what the woman is saying right there?

A “maraud” means “cat” in a French dialect from the center West, and was later used to describe thiefs and disreputable people at large. It could also refer to someone of law social status. (Maraud -> Marauders in Harry Potter, because they were rebellious kids who broke the rules etc etc)

Tso-maraude, which apparently literally means “cat of maraude” is used here to qualify strangers and travelers who aren’t much welcome and even bring bad luck with them. Considering it is used to describe Jean Valjean at the very beginning of the book, it underline how much people feared him and rejected him after his stay in prison and his status of ex-convict.

(I, of course, didn’t know that on top of my head, I don’t know every French dialect and old, now lost, expressions x) )

Mincing Mockingbird + Les Mis

No one seems to have done this yet, so I’m taking it upon myself. Warning: this is gonna be a long ass post.



















M. Thenardier:

Mme. Thenardier:

  • What she says: Im fine
  • What she means: in "bring him home," Jean Valjean implores God to rescue Marius, keep him safe, and bring him home to Cosette, but in the end, it is Jean Valjean himself who accomplishes this feat, implying that Jean Valjean himself has somehow taken on the form of God. Later in the musical, the ensemble sings, "to love another person is to see the face of God," meaning apparently the face of Jean Valjean. basically what I'm saying is, you don't truly love someone until you see Hugh Jackman, crouching in the distance, perpetually in your peripheral vision. He's not there? You don't love anyone sorry I don't make the rules

jean valjean modern day headcanons bc i don’t see it often

  • owns 5 dogs, all were once strays that he found
  • raising cosette with 5 dogs.. can u imagine… it precious 
  • one of the dogs is called ursula. when marius finds that out, he dies
  • he has such a guilty conscience for his past, he tries his best to give to charities when he can 
  • can u imagine big strong jean valjean, holding hands with tiny small cosette… precious
  • started greying when he was 30 
  • always has mints and butterscotch in his pockets 
  • always was down for tea parties with cosette, tiara and everything 
  • he is the hot single dad 
  • once went on a blind date with javert… it went well but jvj had to go earlier and he forgot to split the pay like he said he would… javert is bitter policeman neighbour and jvj can’t understand why he won’t call him back
  • probs makes the worse dad jokes, an example: 

cosette: ‘can you draw me a bath please?’ 

jvj: ‘*already laughing as he grabs the pen and paper*’ 

feel free to add some??


jean, javert and the great rebellion of 1832: prologue.

“It’s a complicated French novel
Everyone is dying or sad”