Spoiler Alert; I’m gonna contribute to sin
I'VE JUST HAD THE MOST HORRIFIC AU IDEA AND I NEED YOU TO WRITE IT THANK YOU What if Cosette isn't in the woods when Valjean arrives in Montfermeuil? What if he goes straight to the inn, and the Thénardiers pass Éponine off as Cosette because A.) he's rich- that becomes evident- and Mme. Thénardier can't bear to let Cosette be raised like a little princess, out of spite, and B.) because they're the same age, and C.) because Cosette is basically a servant and it's sort of working out for them?