“…I had stolen a whole sackful of apples one night, and by no means ordinary apples, but apples of the very best sort. It was the fear of the moment that made me seek refuge in this story–inventing and telling stories came naturally to me.”
“Whether my crime was stealing or lying–(hadn’t I sworn a false oath by God and everything that was sacred?)–was immaterial. My sin was not specifically this or that but consisted of having shaken hands with the devil. Why had I gone along?”
- Demian ; Hermann Hesse
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?