Saturday, June 27, 2020

Jean Valjean Versus Javert

In Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, the cop Javert has the protagonist Jean Valjean trapped in a narrow street from which the only way of escaping is by climbing two perpendicular walls of great height. Jean Valjean is with Cosette (his foster child) but he manages to escape with her by the virtue of the massive strength of his arms and legs. Carrying her on his shoulders, he climbs over the two perpendicular walls and climbs down from the other side leaving Javert dumbfounded. But today’s man does not possess the strength and courage of Jean Valjean. If he is trapped by enemies in a narrow street, he will look for a ladder, which will never arrive.

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