“The good women of the quarter said: «He is an innocent.» The children followed him and laughed.
BOOK NINTH—SUPREME SHADOW, SUPREME DAWN CHAPTER I—PITY FOR THE UNHAPPY, BUT INDULGENCE FOR THE HAPPY It is a terrible thing to be happy! How content one is! How all-sufficient one finds it! How, being in possession of the false object of life, happiness, one forgets the true object, duty!
Let us say, however, that the reader would do wrong were he to blame Marius.
Marius, as we have explained, before his marriage, had put no questions to M. Fauchelevent, and, since that time, he had feared to put any to Jean Valjean.”