Outtakes, notes and variants, deleted scenes, draft material, snippets, fragments, call them what you will. These have been compiled from the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade edition of the book, which includes a great number of them in the footnotes. I’ve tried to translate them wherever possible, but a great deal of my French is self-taught and there are bound to be inaccuracies. Feel free to send me angry emails pointing them out if you find them.

The Abandoned Quarry
On the day of the émeute, the Amis rendezvous in an old stone quarry and run into Patron-Minette. [French | English | Side-by-side]

Further Adventures of M. Tholomyès
Involving a wealthy heiress, a touchy family, a scheming widow, and a baby Cosette. [French | English | Side-by-side]

On Prostitution
A lengthy digression–on prostitution and general misery–that would originally have appeared in Volume Three: Marius, Book Seven: Patron-Minette, chapters IV-XI.

How Jean May Become Champ
A substantially longer version of the scene where Javert attempts to get Madeleine to fire him. [French]

Rantings of M. Gillenormand
Grandpapa’s rant when Marius’ “dead” body is returned to his house, extended. Or moved to the section on Théodule? You decide. [French]

The songs of Gavroche
Alternate versions and inspirations for Gavroche’s songs. [French]

Street names
The present-day versions of many of the Paris streets mentioned in the book. [English]

Character names
Some of the characters had different names in the rough drafts. [English]


Miscellaneous bits and bobs relating to particular characters.

Full text of Les Miséres

Hugo’s original 1848 draft of Les Misérables. Available in PDF format via Groupe Hugo.


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