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Jean Valjean goes to prison for breaking a window and stealing a loaf of bread because his sister and her children were starving. Does he ever see them again?

Question #50671. Asked by McGruff.

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The story never actually says what happens to them. The story focuses on Jean Valjean and Javert.

I didn't think that I would like that play, but after I saw it once, I have now seen it about 15 times. My high school did the school edition last year and I was truly amazed at how well it was done.

McGruff what is your favorite part of the play Mine is the Thenardier's singing of master of the house. A very catchy tune isn't it?

Sep 01 2004, 8:02 PM
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I absolutely love all the music in it. I saw it a couple of years ago at the National Theatre in DC. The revolving set and the way they change the scenes is fascinating.

As for my question, Jean Valjean's father was a pruner and was killed in a fall from a tree. His mother "died of malpractice in a milkfever." Valjean had one sister, who raised him after their parents died. Just after Valjean turned 25, his brother-in-law died, leaving his sister with seven children ranging in age from 1 to 8 years old. Valjean assumed the role of provider but they barely subsisted on what income he could bring in. He was a pruner like his father, but the work was seasonal and he did whatever other manual labor he could to provide for the family. The winter of 1795 was severe and Valjean had no work and the family had nothing to eat.

Sometime during his fourth year of imprisonment, news reaches him that his sister is living in the poor section of Paris, working in a bindery. The only child she has with her is the youngest, a little boy. Nothing is known of what happened to the others. Hugo writes, "Nothing more came to him; he had not seen them, never will he see them again! and through the remainder of this sad history we shall not meet them again."

This is one of the reasons why he is so protective over Cosette. I think my favourite part of the play is the end of the first act, 'One Day More' when all the different storylines are coming together. My favourite song is Javert's solo, 'Stars.'

Sep 03 2004, 6:22 AM
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