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Lovely Ladies

Les Miserables Altered Book

Lovely Ladies

Illustration Friday- Worn

This week's topic for Illustration Friday is "Worn". I felt like it tied in to the latest page added to my Les Miserables altered book. The page represents Fantine after she has fallen into prostitution. These women are worn, used, abused and lost.

Fantine was turned out of the factory. Without a job, she was unable to support her young daughter. The innkeepers who are keeping her child have made Fantine believe that if she does not send more money that her daughter will die. Fantine sells her hair, her teeth and eventually herself in order to save her child. I chose the lines from the song "Lovely Ladies" that I think are some of the saddest lines in the whole musical...

"Come on Captain, you can wear your shoes. Don't it make a change to have a girl who can't refuse. Easy money lying on a bed. Just as well they never see the hate that's in your head. Don't they know they're making love to one already dead?"

 

The Runaway Cart

Les Miserables Altered Book

The Runaway Cart

This page in my altered book is broken into panels. The first one shows Fantine after she has been thrown out into the street. The gossiping women of the factory have convinced the foreman to send Fantine away. The head of the factory M. Madeline (Jean Valjean) is not aware of the chaos on his factory floor. He is distracted by the meeting with the new inspector in town...Javert. Javert was a prison guard when Jean Valjean was in prison. While they meet, they hear loud sounds out in the street. A runaway cart has pinned down a poor man named Fauchlevent underneath it. M. Madeline (Jean Valjean) wastes no time and at great risk to himself lifts the cart off the man underneath. Javert is struck by the strength of this man and it reminds him of a certain prisoner that escped parole years earlier. Has M. Madeline's true identity been discovered???

 

Illustration Friday- Children

Illustration Friday- Children

Graphite Pencil

 

This week's topic is children. This is a drawing i did from a photo of my children when they were just babies. They are teenagers now, but they will always be little to me.I always loved this photo of them lying on my bed. 

 

At the End of the Day

Les Miserables Altered Book

At the End of the Day

After Jean Valjean has his life changed by the kind bishop, he decides to change his life for good. He runs away from his parole and changes his name. He is no longer Jean Valjean. The story picks up several years later. Valjean now goes under the name of Monseiur Madeleine. He is now a respected factory owner and has been appointed mayor of a small town. He has followed the Bishop's wishes and helps everyone who needs it and lives a life of kindness and generosity. This page represents the song "At the End of the Day". This is a view of the factory women from above looking down on them as they work. It is during this song in the musical that we meet one of the women at the factory named Fantine. In the book, we learn that Fantine was in love and had a child out of wedlock. The man left her with nothing. She has left the child in the care of a couple of innkeepers while she finds work. The innkeepers turn out to be con artists who use Fantine's daughter as their personal slave. Fantine works hard to send them money even though they keep lying to her that she needs to send more money because her child is sick. Some of the nosey- gossiping factory wormen find out about Fantine's out of wedlock child and have her fired from the factory.

 

Jean Valjean's Soliloquy

Les Miserables Altered Book

Jean Valjean's Soliloquy

After the Bishop has shown Jean Valjean mercy, he is so moved. He has never been shown such love before. I love in the movie how heart broken Jean Valjean looks in this scene. The words are part of the song from the musical.

"Why did I allow this man to touch my soul and teach me love? He treated me like any other. He gave me his trust. He called me brother. My life he claims for God above. Can such things be? For I had come to hate this world. This world that always hated me. Take an eye for an eye! Turn your heart into stone! This is all all I have lived for. This is all I have known. One word from him and I'd be back. Beneath the lash, upon the rack. Instead he offers me my freedom. I feel my shame inside me like a knife. He told me that I have a soul! How does he know? What spirit came to move my life? Is there another way to go? I am reaching but I fall and the night is closing in. And I stare into the void. to the whirlpool of my sin. I'll escape now from that world. From the world of Jean Valjean. Jean Valjean is nothing now. Another story must begin."

 

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