What are two critical moments in Jean Valjean's life that were influenced by religion, as seen in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables?

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The first most important moment in which religion influenced Jean Valjean's life relates to the Bishop of Digne's mercy and generosity . When Jean Valjean was finally released from prison after 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread for his seven starving nephews and nieces, he found that every place he went to in order to find food and lodging turned him out when they learned that he was an ex-convict. At one point he even tried to sleep in what turned out to be a dog's house but was turned out by the growling dog; he then declared in despair, "I am not even a dog!" (Vol. 1, Bk. 2, Ch. 1). The Bishop of Digne was the only one willing to accept him into his home, giving him dinner and a bed to sleep in. Not only that, he fed him using his best silver. Sadly, Valjean's primitive survival instincts drove him to steal the silver he had been presented with. When the police spied him with the silver, they returned him to the Bishop's home who said...

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