Les Miserables is a serious book, it has a whole paragraph about puns because one of the characters made one
Feuilly, frankly, was entirely suspicious of Bahorel’s giddy insistence that he try a bite of the cake he’d brought. Not that he thought there was anything wrong with it– it was really quite good, as it happened, and that wasn’t the way Bahorel operated. But there was something, he was sure of it.
“I am told they make such a cake in Hungary,” Bahorel said. “Which I thought would please you. I couldn’t possibly tell you what they call it. Well, I could try, but it would bear no resemblance at all to what the word ought to be.”
“Well, what is it in French?” Feuilly asked.
“Some call in a Napoleon– and so of course, it is our duty to destroy it as quickly as possible. I am sorry to say they call it the napoleonka in Polish, too. I’ve heard it called a torte franchipane– but if you wish to order it for yourself, you’d best call it by its Parisian name.”
Feuilly was very suspicious now. “Which is?”
Bahorel beamed. “A mille-feuille.”
Feuilly, fortunately, had just enough mille-feuille left on his fork to flick across the table.
“Ah!” Bahorel cried. “Now I’m all feuille-y.”
…which Feuilly had to concede he’d walked right into.
This minific has inspired the best tags I’ve ever gotten.
They never get old.
Just like Marius’s friends.
Come on Feuilly, maybe he’s just a FAN of your work 😉 (Ba-dum shhhh)
WHOOOWOW that is a big order
But here, I have done what I can !
Notes: This is more or less in the order of character appearance.I’ve only included puns and references , not direct translations or name meanings (like “Felix” meaning “lucky”). I also haven’t sourced everything, because then I would really take forever answering this’; I’ve tried to get SOME sources linked in; if there’s any source someone’s especially curious about, let me know and I’ll add it.
ALSO I am in NO way saying this is a complete list of references or puns. I know right now Im’, missing some really good references about Fantine and Eponine! It is possible it will never be complete. But if anyone would like to help complete it, and sees a reference or a joke I’ve missed, please message me and let me know! I want to know about these things too!
Anyway. Here goes:
That’s master pun level right there.
He did not throw away his shot.
I wanna be on the moon where it happens
It’s not actually a moon where it happens
WAIT A SECOND. Part of the plot of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” involves a father searching for his long-lost children stolen at infancy by pirates. The brother and sister have been separated from each other and don’t know about each other. The daughter becomes a courtesan and the son becomes a captain in the army. They almost end up married. But she has a love interest and they figure out the truth before the siblings can be married.
I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE MARK HAMILL.
This post is turning into the best thing I have ever shared on Tumblr.
My friend sent me this lmao
So after the TFA table read, Mark Hamill took J.J. Abrams aside.
“Hey, J.J.,” he said, “can I have a word?”
Bahorel runs into Gavroche, who is running errands. He greets Gavroche with:
‘What’s the Gavrush?’