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POINT OF VIEW
Omniscient. Hugo leaps from one character to another as it suits his purpose, accompanying all with extensive editorial comment and address to the readers.
1. Why do the police accept Myrielís statement of Valjeanís innocence?
2. Why does Valjean condemn himself when his crime was nothing more than stealing a loaf of bread for his sisterís children?
3. Explain the irony of Valjeanís existence behind the walls of the convent.
4. What mistake does Javert make that causes him to lose Valjean just as he nearly has him cornered?
5. Why is Cosette not given more depth of character? What do the men of her family see in her?
6. Why is Javert unable to live with his spontaneous decision to let Valjean go?
7. What does Marius misunderstand regarding his fatherís devotion to Napoleon?
8. How does Mariusí idealism differ from that of the Friends of the ABC?
9. When Valjean releases Javert, why does he also give him his address?
10. Explain the irony in Gavrocheís service to the two homeless children.