Study Guide

Les Misérables Part 1, Book 3

By Victor Hugo

Part 1, Book 3


In the Year 1817

  • Now we jump to Paris to look in on four young men who are about to play a "merry prank." Their names are Tholomyès, Listolier, Fameuil, and Blachevelle. And each of these men has a mistress. The mistress' names are Dahlia, Zéphine, Favourite, and Fantine.
  • Fantine is still a teenager and the most naïve of the group, but her bae Tholomyès is almost thirty. This is going to end well.
  • For the past few weeks, the women have been asking the men to plan a surprise for them, and Tholomyès, always the prankster, decides that this is a good time to drop the surprise on them. He and his three buddies leave the restaurant where they're all having dinner, telling the women they'll be back with the surprise soon.
  • Eventually, someone comes to deliver a letter. It's from Tholomyès. The letter essentially says, "Surprise! We're bored with you ladies, and you're all dumped."
  • The girls laugh with one another and agree that this is a funny prank. Lol!1!!
  • Oops. But Fantine was truly in love with Tholomyès. And she's pregnant with his child.