Was going through the Hapgood Les Mis, looking for various garden references for Reasons.
And somehow??? I have managed to miss the fact that between trolling gendarmes and saving Valjean’s soul, the Bishop found a moment to be passive-aggressive about his poor flowerbed that got damaged in Valjean’s nightly escape.
The Bishop had just bent down, and was sighing as he examined a plant of cochlearia des Guillons, which the basket had broken as it fell across the bed. He rose up at Madame Magloire’s cry.
“Now,” said the Bishop, “go in peace. By the way, when you return, my friend, it is not necessary to pass through the garden. You can always enter and depart through the street door. It is never fastened with anything but a latch, either by day or by night.”
gawwd Bishop. 😀