Could anyone post ten to fifteen major events of the Les Miserables plot?

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Les Miserables involves numerous plot lines and has many more than fifteen major events. In fact, it is one of the longest novels ever written. Some editions of the book are nearly two thousand pages long. However, I will provide what are likely the most important major events of the...

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Les Miserables involves numerous plot lines and has many more than fifteen major events. In fact, it is one of the longest novels ever written. Some editions of the book are nearly two thousand pages long. However, I will provide what are likely the most important major events of the story.

  1. Jean Valjean, recently released from prison, is forgiven by the bishop after stealing his silver. He resolves to lead the life of an honest man.
  2. Jean Valjean becomes mayor of Montreuil Sur Mer under an assumed identity.
  3. Fantine dies and Jean Valjean promises to take care of Cossette, her daughter.
  4. Jean Valjean is arrested again and escapes.
  5. Jean Valjean rescues Cossette from the Thénardiers but pays a high price for her.
  6. Marius leaves home after being kicked out by his grandfather for his revolutionary sympathies.
  7. Marius discovers that his father's savior is actually the criminal Thénardier.
  8. Cossette and Marius meet and their romance begins.
  9. Marius is denied permission to marry Cossette.
  10. Cossette and Jean Valjean plan to flee to London after being discovered by Police Inspector Javier.
  11. The revolution begins. Jean Valjean and Marius join the revolutionaries in constructing and defending the barricades.
  12. Javier, working as a spy for the royalists, is caught. Jean Valjean saves his enemy's life.
  13. Javier commits suicide by jumping into the Seine.
  14. Cossette and Marius are finally married.
  15. Jean Valjean dies an old and happy man.
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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo is a long book, with many important plot points. These events are often intertwined, with one leading to another.

The first event is the appearance of an ex-convict in Bishop Myriel's village. The Bishop lets him stay overnight, because everywhere else turns him away. This man is Jean Valjean, our protagonist. He has just been released from prison after serving nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread.

Jean steals the Bishop's fine cutlery, but the Bishop decides to forgive Jean if he promises to lead a new, moral life. This is an important event because it is a turning point for Jean's character.

Jean changes his name and eventually becomes a rich factory owner, as well as the mayor of Montreuil-sur-mer. He employs Fantine, a single mother who was abandoned by the child's father. Her daughter Cosette stays with the Thénardiers.

Fantine is fired when her coworkers learn of her illegitimate child, which is important because it leads to Fantine turning to prostitution for money and then her arrest.

Jean promises to raise Cosette after Fantine's death, and he rescues her from the Thénardiers who have been mistreating her.

Marius leaves his grandfather's house to live as a poor law student. He joins the Friends of the ABC, a group of radical students. Later during the battle, we will see the significance of this event.

Marius and Cosette meet at a park and fall in love. Their meeting is significant because it influences their characters to pursue one another.

Marius alerts the police that Thénardier plans to rob Jean and Cosette. He thinks he is helping, but the police inspector is Javert, which prompts Jean to flee before he can be discovered.

Eponine helps Marius find Cosette again, but he is unable to marry her and Cosette disappears again, so he joins the student uprising.

Eponine, in love with Marius, takes a bullet for Marius. She hands him a letter from Cosette as she dies in his arms.

Javert is captured by the rebels but Jean, who has come to save Marius after intercepting the note, sets him free.

Jean carries a wounded Marius and crosses paths with Javert. Javert is conflicted, but ultimately lets Jean go and commits suicide.

Marius recovers and reconciles with his grandfather, who consents to the marriage of Marius and Cosette. However, at the wedding Jean tells Marius about his past.

Marius tries to keep Cosette away from Jean, but when he finds out from Thénardier that Jean was the one who saved his life, he tells Cosette everything and the two go to Jean.

After the reunion and forgiveness, Jean dies in peace.

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Les Miserables is a novel of great enough length that there are several different plot lines happening throughout the story following different characters.  The primary protagonist however is Jean Valjean.  Assuming you have read the story, the following plot line should help you recall the basic details of Valjean's story in order.

  1. Jean Valjean is released from jail.
  2. A Bishop pardons Valjean after he steals some silver.
  3. Valjean steals a coin from a boy in town and cannot find him to return it and apologize.  (Conflict = Jean Valjean's pardon from the bishop changes his entire life attitude, however, Javert, the chief of police is now hunting him down for the stolen coin.)
  4. Valjean changes his name, becomes the Mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer, and employs a poor woman named Fantine in his factory.
  5. Fantine dies and Valjean promises to rescue and raise the daughter she has been paying the Thenardiers to raise.
  6. Valjean rescues Cosette from the Thenardiers.
  7. Valjean and Cosette move to Paris where they hide in a convent; Valjean becomes a gardener and Cosette a student.
  8. While on daily walks with her father, Cosette is noticed by a young and poor student named Marius, who falls in love with her.
  9. Valjean becomes a philanthropist and wants to help the Thenardiers monetarily.
  10. The Thenardiers recognize Valjean and Cosette and plan to rob and kill them.
  11. Marius is involved in a revolutionary group who fight for the freedom of the poor French in a street barricade.
  12. Jean Valjean saves Marius and Javert's lives at the barricade; Javert commits suicide.
  13. Cosette and Marius marry.
  14. Valjean tells Cosette the truth of her life and her identity.
  15. Valjean dies happy and loved.
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