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Les MisérablesBook One, An Upright Man, Chapter 1 1.How does the author describe M. Myriel’s earlier life? He endured a lot of suffering and pain during the Revolution. He lost his own wife and had no children. In 1804, he was the Cure of B. He was already advanced in years and lived in a very retired manner. When he went back to Italy he became a priest2.Why did he emigrate to Italy? The revolution3.How did M. Myriel respond to Napoleon’s direct question? “Sire, you are lookingat a good man, and I at a great man. Each of us can profit by it.”44.What is the problem with small towns, according to the author? There are many mouths which talk, and very few heads which think.5.Who are the two women living with the Bishop of Digne? How does the author describe them? The two women living with the Bishop of Digne are Mademoiselle Baptistine, who was his sister, and ten years his junior and Madame Magloire.Mademoiselle Baptistine was a long, pale, thin, gentle creature. Madame Magloire was alittle, fat, white old woman, corpulent and bustling, always out of breath.Chapter 2, How M. Myriel becomes Monseigneur Bienvenu 6.What did the Bishop, M. Myriel, do in the town of Digne that earned him the name/nickname “Monseigneur Bienvenu” (literally “Bishop Welcome”)? The Bishop demanded that the thirty-six patients that were ultimately crammed in the hospital rooms be immediately moved into the Bishop’s palace. Mademoiselle Baptistine loved and venerated him. When he spoke she bowed and yielded her adherence.Chapter 3, Good Bishop, Hard Bishopric 7.How did the Bishop travel in the mountains? How did he answer the people who laughed at him? The Bishop travelled by donkey in the mountains. He answered the people who were laughing at him by saying “Monsieur the Mayor, and Messieurs Citizens, I perceive that Ishock you. You think it very arrogant in a poor priest to ride an animal which was used byJesus Christ. I have done so from necessity, I assure you, and not from vanity.” 8.What evidence does the Bishop point to when making his observation about the wild nature of the Devolny region? “Saying a country so wild that the nightingale is not heard. When the father dies, the sons leave, seeking their fortunes, leaving the women of the housethe entire property and for them to find their husbands.”
Chapter 4, Works answering Words9. How was M. Géborand able to buy a penny’s worth of Paradise? He amassed two millions in the manufacture of coarse cloth, serges, and woolen gallons. After a specific sermon, he gave a sou every Sunday to the poor old beggar-women at thedoor of the cathedral. The Bishop said, “There is M. Geborand purchasing paradise for a soul.” 10. What is the Bishop’s belief about proper living and conduct? He treated everyone the same, even from lower classes. He believes that everyone sins and that no sin at all is a dream of an angel.