Interesting: The Bishop of Digne confronts his own prejudices as he talks with a dying revolutionary. #ReadingLesMis

Interesting: The Bishop of Digne confronts his own prejudices as he talks with a dying revolutionary. #ReadingLesMis

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The old man convinces him of the noble aims of the French Revolution, and asks whether the abuses were really worse… #ReadingLesMis

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…than the abuses they fought against. Bienvenu comes to respect him even w/o a miraculous deathbed conversion. #ReadingLesMis

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That’s a much more even-handed treatment of atheism than I expected to find in an 1862 book with heavy religious themes. #ReadingLesMis

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(Revolutionaries and atheists being tied together and despised alike by the people of Digne.) #ReadingLesMis

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Yes, Victor Hugo not only worked out the Bishop’s household budget, but included it in the novel. #ReadingLesMis

Yes, Victor Hugo not only worked out the Bishop’s household budget, but included it in the novel. #ReadingLesMis

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To be honest, it is character building. The bishop allocates his “household expenses” to various charities. #ReadingLesMis

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