Guys I don’t know of anyone has ever pointed this out before, but I’m watching the 2012 movie and when Valjean is asking Enjoras to let him deal with Javert, to let him “kill” Javert, Combeferre is in the background of the shot saying no to Enj, trying to convince Enjolras not to do it, to not let Valjean kill the prisoner, and then when Enj is like yep go for it ‘Ferre looks really upset, and there’s an extra shot of him watching through the window as Valjean pushes Javert ahead of him out into the alley, and 'Ferre looks so distressed, and I’m just having all these feelings, because Javert was meant to be judged by a people’s court but instead Enj allowed himself to be the judge and jury and pass sentence on a man, and then elect an executioner, and 'Ferre tried to stop him because that’s exactly the kind of thing they’re fighting against with this Revolution, and Enjolras has forgotten for a moment, but 'Ferre didn’t succeed in stopping him and now I am upset
“Jean Meowljan had never loved anything. For twenty-five years he had been alone in the world. He had never been a father, husband, lover, or furriend…the tender emotions of his youth, if he had any, had been lost in oblivion.
When he saw Clawsette and rescued her, he felt his heart move again. Everything within him, all feeling and affection, was roused and poured onto this kitten.”
Classicat #11: Jean Meowljan and Clawsette (with her doll Catherine), from Les Meowserables by Victor Mewgo
In the book there’s a scene where Meowljan and Clawsette are making their way towards Pawris on foot when Clawsette gets tired. She doesn’t complain, but Meowljan notices anyway. So he carries her the rest of the way (she weighs nothing to him because of his Convict Strength) while she sleeps on his shoulder.
Mabeuf never makes fun of his dreams and wishes and always listens and encourages him and often shows him how to go about achieving them.
Mabeuf reads him a story when he is sick and bedridden and Marius swears that he sees his father standing in the room with them
Toussaint sits with him when he has a fever, wipes away the sweat with a cool cloth and puts a soothing hand on his forehead when the fever dream makes him restless.
Toussaint makes him tea and lets him vent to her and offers the wise advice of someone who has experienced the foolishness and insecurities of youth.
Mère Houchloup greets him with a rib-crushing hug and ruffles his hair and pinches his cheeks and makes him feel safe.
Mère Houchloup gives him free soup when he arrives at the Musain looking tired and ragged. She offers him the break room to rest and she tucks him in and turns off the lights.
Valjean fixes the bowtie for him on his wedding day and pats him on the shoulder with a “You’ll be fine, son.” and Marius almost cries.
Valjean storms into his room when Marius wakes up with a scream and holds him when he calls for his dead mother and father.
Valjean shows him that it is okay to make mistakes, whether they be small or big and does not scold or judge him for their outcome but for their intention and helps him handle the consequences of his actions without making him feel like a failure.
What about Javert not dying, and finding Valjean again?
And what if he’s still confused and he’s still trying to understand, and so when he finds Valjean, he just stands there on the doorstep for a moment, wondering whether he should just turn around and try to stop thinking about this convict or whether he should just arrest him, and when Toussaint opens the door, he’s still just standing there, trying to make up his mind.
Toussaint immediately shouts for Valjean, because this is a policeman and they could be in trouble and Fauchelevent Valjean has to know what to do.
So Valjean goes to the door, and his eye widen when he sees Javert.
But he remembers his promise and so he holds out his hands, expecting Javert to cuff him and bring him back to the galleys.
Javert looks at the ground for a moment.
“Valjean. I want to understand.”
Valjean stares at him for a moment, completely shocked.
And then Valjean invites him in for a cup of tea, and they talk. Eye to eye, as equals, for the first time.
By the end of the afternoon, Javert realises that they’re not so different after all.
And then when Cosette leaves to marry Marius. Javert and Valjean decide that they should leave Paris for good.
They find a cottage in the countryside and spent the rest of their lives together, (either platonically, as friends, or in love. Both options are good) and they grow roses and go for walks in the fields together, and Marius and Cosette visit from time to time.
The two men who’ve spent almost their entire lives alone are never lonely again, because they have each other.
And they live happily ever after and NEITHER OF THEM IS MISERABLE EVER EVER EVER AGAIN.
This is your friendly reminder that if Jean Valjean managed to raise Cosette right after all they both went through, to become an honest man, to go from a number to an alias to a full name and to turn his bitterness and resentment into forgiveness then you can pretty much do anything