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Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: Victor Hugo, the Ocean I The Divine Stenographer II The Dark Vein of Destiny The Law of Chance or the Order of Coincidence The Irresistible Traps The Ambush in the Gorbeau Tenement The Barricade at la Chanvrerie The Paris Sewers Elusive Freedom III Touchy Monsters A Character without Qualities The Saint The Just Man A Puritan World The Fanatic An Angel with a Dirty Face Collective Characters IV The Great Theater of the World Adjectives to Describe the Show Performance, Beauty, and Life Light and Shadow Sets The Victor at Waterloo Human Putrefaction Life as Fiction V Rich, Poor, Leisured, Idle, and Marginal Reformist Idealism The Just A Society Rebuilt The Victims: Confinement and Women A Source of Social Injustice: The Law A Stupid and Cruel Monster VI Civilized Barbarians Long Live Death! Slow-Motion Progress Victor Hugo and the Insurrection of 1832 VII From Heaven Above The Enumeration of the Infinite Attempting the Impossible The Total Novel or the Deicidal Impulse VIII The Temptation of the Impossible Notes Index
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Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885. Misãaerables.