Miserable Lester, Part 19: Dropping Some Eaves On Crime (2)
Marius is QUIETLY LOSING HIS MIND crouched up on his dresser, face pressed to that hole in the wall. His initial intention of “spying on [the Jondrettes’] misfortune in order to relieve it” almost dissolves entirely in the wave of confused, anguished euphoria that comes at unexpectedly seeing Cosette again. He’s so thrilled he barely even wonders why she’s there.
Cosette, showing that she is compassionate as well as beautiful, immediately heads over to the crying, bloody-handed Azelma to try and comfort her. She’s dressed in very fashionable, probably very expensive clothes— which, since this is the early 1830s, means her sleeves look like giant hams, just let’s all keep that in mind— but she doesn’t express any reluctance to enter the filthy apartment. She’s not going, Oh no, what if my outfit gets messed up? or whatevs. Marius seems to have a lot more prissy indignation on her behalf than she has for herself, actually, though of course he also gets all swoony when he sees that she’s kind-hearted and empathetic and exquisitely composed in ultragross surroundings.