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Epilogue, Les Miz"Papa, please!" Cosette sobbed. "You mustn't
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"Cosette, my child
" Jean Valjean paused, struggling to catch his breath. His eyes filled with tears, though he couldn't determine the origin of his weeping. Perhaps it was fear of death, perhaps mourning for Cosette. He knew she wasn't dying, but
oh, God, he was losing her.
'But maybe,' he thought to himself, 'maybe she remembers me. Maybe Fantine will recognise me.'
Finally able to breathe somewhat enough to speak, he continued. "My dearest Cosette
"Of course, Papa!" she exclaimed. "Marius, watch him."
Lifting her skirts from the ground, she scurried off to obey her father, leaving him with her husband. The two shared a silent look, both knowing how much Cosette's happiness was worth to them.
Marius was the first to speak. "Monsieur, I should apologise
"No," Jean Valjean interjected, lifting his withered hand