Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

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How does Jean Valjean turn his life around after his confrontation with the bishop? Use two quotations for support and commentary.

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The last thing the Bishop says to Jean Valjean is

Do not forget, do not ever forget, that you have promised me to use the money to make yourself an honest man.

As we read the rest of Valjean's story, we see how the encounter with the Bishop has influenced him.

Valjean is a poor and homeless guest of the Bishop, yet he robs the holy man. Valjean even comes close to murdering the Bishop before taking the silverware.

The next morning, the Bishop is not fazed by the robbery, and when the police show up with Valjean, the Bishop easily proclaims that he gifted the silverware to the man and hands over the silver candlesticks as well. We...

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