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Welcome to the website for "The Les Misérables Reading Companion," where you'll find all the episodes of this podcast about Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, plus extras relating to what I've discussed there. 

This page is a work in progress. Come back early and often for updates!

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Episode 09 extras

Feb 20, 2018

Because what's the Internet without cat pictures?

Auguste Vacquerie, family friend and brother of Hugo's late son-in-law, was an early adopter of the practice of at-home photography.

Photographs of the many pets of Hauteville-House are rare, but here is one. Lazy housecat indeed.


And while we're still thinking about house pets, here are links to versions of the fable of the Wolf and the Dog: an English version, and Jean de la Fontaine's 17th-century French version. The Fables of La Fontaine are commonly assigned for memorization in French schools, even today.