The Grass Covers and the Rain Effaces", Les Misérables: Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jean_Valjean&oldid=975969046, Articles using Infobox character with multiple unlabeled fields, Articles with unsourced statements from April 2019, Articles needing additional references from October 2013, All articles needing additional references, Articles with unsourced statements from January 2013, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Javert frequently refers to Jean Valjean as "Prisoner, Valjean's assumed name, Monsieur Madeleine, is used in the original French language. In 1817, Fantine comes and is employed at his women's factory, only to be dismissed some time later when word reaches the foreman that she has a child out of wedlock. View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Valjean. Valjean saves Cosette from the Thénardiers and brings her to Paris, where they're almost captured by Javert and his men on the Petit Rue Picpus. He could lift a heavily loaded cart by himself, though with considerable effort; he could climb a wall without any equipment; he could stay in the sea at sunset long enough to be presumed dead; and he could carry a young man singlehandedly for likely miles, when he was already exhausted on top of being old (by the June Rebellion, he would've been 62 or 63 years old, depending on his birthday). His products are cheaper, since he has found a way to make them more simply and faster, and in no time he becomes a millionaire--or rather he should be a millionaire, but he spends most of his fortune helping Montreuil: setting up two schools, whose teachers he pays out of his own pocket; endowing beds at the hospital; and so on. He is arrested and brought back to the bishop. Satisfied that there was no robbery, the police drop the accusation, causing Valjean to seriously consider the bishop's recommendation. After almost burying Valjean alive in a scheme to get him out of the convent so that he could openly walk back into the convent, Fauchelevent was able to bring in his "brother" Ultimas (fr. He is happy to see that the brand wound he got during the attack makes her worry and care for him more. At last he is taken in by the bishop, who trusts him, feeds him supper, and gives him a bed for the night. Jean Valjean is the main protagonist of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables. She wakes up during their argument and is carelessly informed by Javert that her benefactor is none other than a convict and her daughter isn't here like he promised--she dies, a combination of shock and her illness (which isn't named but is strongly implied to be tuberculosis). Valjean agrees and gives Javert his address. While the job only paid the paltry sum of 18 sous a day, Valjean used his meager profits to do what he could for his family. In the process of returning from doing so, he slips and falls into the ocean. In July 1823, he was condemned to death for the 40-sous theft and the escape from the jail in Montreuil-sur-Mer, as the prosecutor claims that Valjean was part of a gang of street robbers and the latter refuses to defend himself. After nineteen years in prison, he was released, but by law must carry a yellow passport that announces he is an ex-convict. No further explanation is ever given as to why, having buried his money near Montfermeil, Valjean had traveled back to Paris and then attempted to travel back to Montfermeil. While Valjean only said he was given a wooden bed to sleep on when later describing his time in prison, in actuality he had to face much worse conditions as many of his fellow prisoners were dangerous felons and hardened career criminals, and diseases spread rapidly. As a result, Valjean was laid off and his family starved. Realizing that Thénardier had seen Valjean saving him, Marius finishes with Thénardier and hurries with Cosette to Valjean's flat. When M. Thénardier demands more money, Valjean gives him the note Fantine signed before she died, saying that the bearer of the note was authorized to take Cosette. He joins the rebellion without an actual decision about his following actions. Valjean was born into a poor peasant family. Unfortunately, his sister was widowed, having seven children to look after, the eldest being eight and the youngest being one year old. Valjean has another long inward struggle, at first feeling relief about Marius' certain death, then guilt about his former feeling. Illustration by, Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Chapter VI. He revolutionizes the town's manufacturing and earns a fortune, which he spends mostly for the town's good, paying for the maintenance (including required staff) of hospital beds, orphanages and schools. Ohio had the highest population of Valjean families in 1880. Jean Valjean is the protagonist of Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Misérables. Madeleine--who in fact is truly Valjean, like Javert suspected--promptly has a crisis: should he remain to help the needy of Montreuil, thereby allowing an innocent man to die in his place, or should he save the old man by confessing his true identity, thereby condemning the town that is mostly dependent on him? In the winter of 1795, when resources were scarce, Valjean stole a loaf of bread from a local baker by breaking the window. Matthew 9:43 reads: "If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. While aboard the boat Orion, he asks to be freed so he can help a man whose life is in danger. After recovering from his injuries, Marius receives permission from his grandfather to marry Cosette and they wed. He was born sometime in 1769 in a small town and orphaned as a child. She departed this earthly life on August 30, 2020. Valjean goes to Montfermeil, where he meets Cosette alone in the forest on Christmas Eve, 1823. He sees the Thénardiers' daughters Éponine and Azelma acting unkindly to her as well, tattling on her to their mother when she tries to play with their temporarily abandoned doll. [2], Valjean's character is loosely based on the life of Eugène François Vidocq, an ex-convict who became a successful businessman widely noted for his social engagement and philanthropy. No one believes him at first, especially since Javert is not around (being back in Montreuil), so he's able to walk out of the courthouse freely and with the determination to fulfill Fantine's last wish. Since the year was 1815 and he was in prison for 19 years, he was 26 when he stole the loaf of bread and 27 when he began his sentence in Toulon. Between 1968 and 2004, in the United States, Valjean life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 2004. Marius, overhearing the plans, denounces the plot to the police, unfortunately meeting Javert. This was about 83% of all the recorded Valjean's in the USA. He sleeps. Javert comes to arrest him the next day while Valjean is in Fantine's room. There are 83 census records available for the last name Valjean. While the job only paid the paltry sum of 18 sous a day, Valjean used his meager profits to do what he could for his family.