Les Miserables - Valjean Becomes Mayor - Audio Reading

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In this audio clip, Carole Bos reads from Les Miserables, Volume I - Book Fifth ("The Descent") - Chapter VII (entitled "Fauchelevent Becomes a Gardener in Paris").  As you listen, consider these topics.


Father Madeleine has rescued Fauchelevent from being crushed by the horse cart, even though the old man had frequently disparaged Madeleine before the accident.   Is Victor Hugo being true-to-life when he has Madeleine go through with the rescue? 

How likely would it be, in today's world, that someone like Madeleine would have rescued someone like Fauchelevent? 

Is care and concern for others - including for those individuals who bad-mouth us behind our backs - a rare, or a common, trait in today's world? 

Madeleine also buys Fauchelevent's dead horse and broken cart.  What does that tell us about Madeleine?  What was he trying to tell Fauchelevent by those actions? 

The people of Montreuil-sur-Mer elect Father Madeleine as their mayor, soon after he rescued Fauchelevent.  Did that rescue play a role in the election?  Why, or why not?

If this type of rescue situation took place today, would voters electing government officials be more or less likely to vote for someone who had risked his own life to save another - or - would it even matter to anyone?      

Les Miserables, Volume I, Book Fifth, Chapter VII - "Fauchelevent Becomes a Gardener in Paris"

By Victor Hugo

As you listen to this chapter, you can follow along online.  See the translation by Isabella Hapgood (at Project Gutenberg), which is opened to "Fauchelevent Becomes a Gardener in Paris."


Additional dramatizations of Les Miserables:

Part 1 - Bishop Myriel Helps Jean Valjean

Part 2 - Jean Valjean, Background

Part 3 - Jean Valjean, Prison Impact

Part 4 - Meet Javert

Part 5 - Saving Fauchelevent (Javert Suspects It's Valjean)

Part 7 - Valjean Helps Fantine

Part 8 - Valjean Promises Fantine a Future

Part 9 - Valjean Rebukes Javert


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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2016

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Les Miserables, Volume I, Book Fifth, Chapter VII - "Fauchlevent Becomes a Gardener in Paris" - by Victor Hugo.  Read by Carole Bos, creator of Awesome Stories.


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