Another odd wrinkle in the symbolism of the post in the cellar of Corinthe is the fact that Hugo uses a “poteau de cabaret” as a metaphor for an unworthy object of a young woman’s affection (contrasted with a marble column). Marius is a marble column but Cosette is, according to Hugo the narrator Hugo, a stupid teenager who could just as easily have gone for Théodule (or Montparnasse?)

so what does it mean that Marius is a metaphorical marble column but he ends up throwing in his lot with a ragtag band of revolutionaries that rally around a literal cabaret post?

  • *classmate gets in trouble for talking when I was also talking*
  • me:who am I? Can I condemn this man to slavery pretend I do not feel his agony this innocent who bears my face who goes to judgment in my place. Who am I? Can I conceal myself forevermore pretend I'm not the man I was before and must my name until I die be no more than an alibi. Must I lie? How can I ever face my fellow men? How can I ever face myself again?
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Satisfied: Eponine, Marius, Cosette

I made an edit for the Hamilton-Les Miz community. Enjoy!

Marius Pontmercy

Marius goes up to the counter and orders a coffee black. He could afford an expensive frappucino, of course, but not everyone can, which isn’t fair. All his friends are sitting at a table in the corner waiting for him to get his coffee so they can start their meeting, but he sees a pretty blonde girl on the street outside and chases after her instead. When he finally gets back, he finds only empty chairs at empty table.