Reblogging just because it’s Les Miserables and Hugo’s love of ridiculous language all mixed up in one post- very well done!
“Do you hear the people sing
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people
Who are climbing to the light.
For the wretched of the earth
There is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end
And the sun will rise.”
I once read Les Miserables. Unabridged, naturally. To say it took awhile to get through would be a significant understatement. The story is absorbing, moving, and wonderful. The textbook-esque asides, not so much. Anyone who has ever read this book from front to back knows more than anyone will ever need to know about the history of the Paris sewer system.
Anyway, as any 1,400 page book is likely to be, Les Mis is teeming with curious and fascinating words. There were so many of them, that I started to write them all down. Since I still have the…
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