Each time I've read Les Misérables, I've had a greater appreciation for the chapter on argot. The first time I skipped it. The second time I decided I hadn't missed much. The third time I could see what Hugo was doing thematically: hyperborea.org/les-mis/book/sl

The latest episode of the Les Mis Reading Companion is on that chapter, and they give it even more context, illustrating how language can be used for gatekeeping...or rebellion. readlesmis.libsyn.com/ep39-iv7

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