storybook romance

Marius marries
Cosette the half-millionaire
They thought they were poor

I’m still reading Les Misérables, it is a long book to read, and a complex story filled with lectures and essays. In the story, a poor girl, the orphan of a prostitute is adopted by a fugitive living under an alias. She, and a boy estranged from his wealthy family fall in love. When the families agree to the marriage, Cosette is given nearly 600,000 franks, and Marius is re-instated, so he again will inherit. This is after both of them live in years of poverty. There is something about the pathos of these stories — perhaps this is why we read them.


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