Can you please tell me the plot synthosis of Les Miserables?

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Please give me a full summary of it.


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This is the full sypnosis of Les Mis
Act I
Les Misérables begins at a prison in Digne, France in 1815, where the imprisoned men are forced to do labour (“Overture/Work Song”). After nineteen years of imprisonment (five for stealing bread for his starving sister and her family, and the rest for trying to escape) Jean Valjean, Prisoner 24601, is released on parole by the antagonist policeman Javert. By law, Valjean must display a yellow ticket-of-leave, which condemns him as an outcast as he tries to start anew (“On Parole”). He then meets the Bishop of Digne, who offers food and shelter. Nevertheless, Valjean repays the bishop by stealing some silver, and is soon quickly caught by the police. However the bishop lies to save Valjean, then gives him two silver candlesticks and asks him to start a new, honest life (“Valjean Arrested, Valjean Forgiven”). Humbled by the bishop’s mercy and kindness, Valjean decides to follow the bishop’s advice and breaks his parole as he tears apart his yellow ticket-of-leave (“What Have I Done?”).

Eight years later, Valjean has assumed a new identity as Monsieur Madeleine, a factory owner and mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer. One of his workers, Fantine, gets into a fight after the other workers discover that she is sending money to her secret illegitimate child who is living with an innkeeper and his wife (“At the End of the Day”). “The Mayor” initially breaks up the conflict, but asks his factory foreman to resolve it. When asked, the other women demand Fantine’s dismissal. Because she had previously rejected his advances, the foreman agrees and throws Fantine out.

Fantine sings about her broken dreams and about the father of her daughter who left them alone (“I Dreamed a Dream”). Desperate for money, she sells her locket, and her hair, before becoming a prostitute (“Lovely Ladies”). When she fights with a prospective customer, she is arrested by Javert (“Fantine’s Arrest”). “The Mayor” soon arrives, learns how Fantine was fired from his factory, and orders Javert to take her to a hospital instead.

“The Mayor” then rescues a local man (Fauchelevant) who is pinned by a runaway cart (“The Runaway Cart”). This reminds Javert of the abnormal strength of Jean Valjean, who he has been tracking for years for breaking parole. However, Javert assures “The Mayor” that Valjean has just been recently arrested and will be in court later in the day. Unable to see an innocent man go to prison, Valjean confesses to the court that he is the real Prisoner 24601, showing the convict’s brand on his chest as a proof (“Who Am I?”).

Before returning to prison, Valjean visits the dying Fantine and promises to find and look after her daughter Cosette (“Come to Me”/”Fantine’s Death”). When Javert arrives to arrest him, Valjean asks three more days to fetch Cosette, but Javert refuses to believe his honest intentions (“The Confrontation”). Valjean eventually knocks Javert out and escapes.

The scene then shifts to an inn outside Montreuil run by the Thénardiers, where Cosette has been living. The Thénardiers have been abusing the little girl. Cosette dreams of a better life (“Castle on a Cloud”) before Madame Thénardier sends her to fetch water in the dark from a well in the woods. The inn fills up for the evening, where the Thénardiers use several methods to cheat their customers (“Master of the House”). Valjean finds Cosette fetching water and pays the Thénardiers to let him take Cosette away (“The Bargain”/”The Thénardier Waltz of Treachery”).

Nine years pass, and Paris is in an uproar because popular leader General Lamarque, the only man in the government who shows mercy to the poor, is ill and may die soon. The young street urchin Gavroche mingles with the whores and beggars on the street, while students Marius and Enjolras discuss the likely demise of the general (“Look Down”).

A street gang led by the Thénardiers prepares to ambush Valjean, whom Thénardier recognises as the man who took Cosette (“The Robbery”). As they set up, Éponine sees Marius, whom she is secretly in love with, and warns him to stay away. As Marius tries to ask Éponine about what is going on, he accidentally bumps into Cosette and immediately falls in love with her. The Thénardiers attempt to rob Valjean and Cosette, who are rescued by Javert, who does not recognize Valjean until after he makes his escape (“Javert’s Intervention”). Javert gazes at the night sky, comparing his hunt of Valjean and justice to the order of the stars (“Stars”). Gavroche overhears Javert and reasserts that he is the one who “runs this town.” Meanwhile Marius, although he does not yet know Cosette’s name, persuades a reluctant Éponine to help find her (“Éponine’s Errand”).

The scene shifts to political meeting in a small café where a group of idealistic students led by Enjolras gather to prepare for a revolution they are sure will erupt after the death of General Lamarque (“The ABC Cafe – Red and Black”). Marius arrives late, filled with thoughts of love for Cosette, whose name he still does not know. When Gavroche brings the news of the General’s death, the students march out into the streets to whip up popular support (“Do You Hear the People Sing?”)

Cosette is also consumed by thoughts of Marius, and Valjean realises that his daughter has grown up but refuses to tell her about his past or her mother. (“Rue Plumet – In My Life”). In spite of her own feelings, Éponine leads Marius to Cosette (“A Heart Full of Love”), and then prevents her father’s gang from robbing Valjean’s house (“The Attack on Rue Plumet”). Valjean, convinced it was Javert who was lurking outside his house, tells Cosette they must prepare to flee the country (“My God, Cosette!”).

On the eve of the revolution, Valjean prepares to go into exile; Cosette and Marius part in despair of ever meeting again; Éponine mourns the loss of Marius; Marius decides to join the other students as they prepare for the upcoming conflict; Javert plans to spy on the students and learn their secrets; and the Thénardiers look forward to stealing from the corpses of those who will be killed during the battle to come (“One Day More”).

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