“"Do you know, Monsieur Marius? It bothered me you went into that garden; it was silly, since I was the one who showed you the house, and then, well, I surely should have known that a young man like you—"
She stopped, and, leaping over the gloomy transitions that were undoubtedly in her mind, she added with a heartrending smile, “You thought me ugly, didn’t you?” ”
— ok one les miserables quote i’ve been burning with before i dive into a home stretch that’s like almost as long as most books i read. i figured, i knew it was coming, eponine’s death would be sad but how affecting could it really be. WELL YOU KNOW HOW THAT TURNED OUT
. and i burst into tears immediately when marius found her, because eponine is such a startling, odd, spellbinding, jarring portrait that even though she really appears very rarely in the novel, i was hugely invested in her. but this is the moment where it went into the snot-producing gasping gotta-put-the-book-down-to-wipe-my-eyes, need-a-couple-minutes-to-compose-myself sort of cry. because aaaauuugggghhhhh