I'm on a reading streak, so here comes several books at once, so at the moment it's not hard to continue reading. Book 3 - The fulfillment of the promise to the departed First there is a long description of Montfermeil, then we meet Cosette (finally) in all her misery at the Thenardiers. The Thenardiers gets a lot of page time as well, especially Mme Thenardier, and lets say she isn't exactly described as Helena Bonham Carter. Then Cosette is sent out in the wood to get water, she meets Jean Valjean who helps her, and then haggles with the Thenardier to free Cosette from them and bring her with him. In the end he pays 1500 to the Thenardiers, but they are greedy and the next day Thenardier follows Valjean and Cosette and sets out to get even more money from Valjean. That is when Valjean shows a letter from Fantine about leaving her daughter in the care of the man with the letter. This was actually one of my favorite books so far. It was easy to read and it was interesting to see how well the musical has adapted this book into the song "Master of the House". Thenardier is mentioned as Master of the House and basically doing anything that he does in the song. I was really curious about how the whole haggle would end though. In the musical Thenardier takes the money and that's it, but I've also seen adaptions where Valjean in the end shows Fantine's letter and leaves without paying anything at all. Book 4 - The Old Gorbeau House Valjean and Cosette settles in a rundown garret in Paris and are happy. They keep to themselves but the landlady discovers that Valjean has large sums of money hidden in his coat. There isn't much happening in this book. This is a book about the personal evolution of Valjean, Cosette's development is mentioned as well but it's so shallow it doesn't really say much. Basically Valjean discovers what love is when he finds Cosette. Hugo is clear on the fact that when Valjean escaped he was a hardened man, and it wasn't sure that he would go on and being the man he was when he called himself Madeleine. It was the Bishop that put Valjean on the path to redemption, but it's his love for Cosette that keeps him on the road. I think these two books are the fluffiest so far, it's really cute how Valjean cares and is moved by the little Cosette. Cosette is quite uninteresting as a character though, I think Hugo simply doesn't know how to describe a child well. It will be interesting to see what happens with her as she gets older, I generally think that she is quite a flat character but her literary form might be different to the adaptions.