Les Miserables


Part Three: THE TRIAL

Broadcast on:
August 6, 1937

Police inspector Javert (Gabel) asks Madeleine (Welles), the mayor of Montreuse, France, to dismiss him. Javert had denounced the mayor as the former convict Jean Valjean, only to learn that another man has been arrested as Valjean. Madeleine, who really is Valjean, must decide whether to find the child of the dying peasant Fantine, as he promised her, or declare his real identity to save an innocent man. At the trial, Valjean reveals his identity. Fantine dies when Javert arrests Madeleine and she realizes her daughter has not yet been found.

Chap. 3 - The Trial

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"We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone."

Orson Welles