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Who Am I?Jean Valjean:
"Who am I?
Can I condemn this man to slavery
Pretend I do not feel his agony
This innocent who bears my face
Who goes to judgement in my place
Who am I?
Can I conceal myself for evermore?
Pretend I'm not the man I was before?
And must my name until I die
Be no more than an alibi?
Must I lie?
How can I ever face my fellow men?
How can I ever face myself again?
My soul belongs to God, I know
I made that bargain long ago
He gave me hope when hope was gone
He gave me strength to journey on
Who am I? Who am I?
I am Jean Valjean!"
Reflecting on his situation, Jean Valjean sings in "Who Am I?" about his very important choice he must make. Does he live freely, without the threat of being arrested again, or confront his guilt in that he'd be allowing an innocent man to be punished in his place?
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I Dreamed A DreamFantine:
"I dreamed a dream in times gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving"
"But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder"
"I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed."
In "I Dreamed A Dream," Fantine reflects on her aspirations, the things she dreamed to accomplish, as well as how far that place is from the life she currently leads. Fantine wanted a happy life for herself, her daughter and her daughter's father, who instead abandoned them both.
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At the End of the DayFantine:
"Yes it's true there's a child
And the child is my daughter
And her father abandoned us leaving us flat
Now she lives with an innkeeper man and his wife
And I pay for the child
What's the matter with that??"
"At the end of the day she'll be nothing but trouble
And there's trouble for all when there's trouble for one
While we're earning our daily bread
She's the one with her hands in the butter
You must send the slut away
Or we're all gonna end in the gutter
And it's us who'll have to pay
At the end of the day!"
"I might have known the rat could bite
I might have known the cat had claws
I might have guessed your little secret
Ah, yes, the virtuous Fantine
Who keeps herself so pure and clean
You'd be the cause I had no doubt
Of any trouble hereabout
You play a virgin in the light
But need no urgin' in the night."
"She's been laughing at you
While she's having her men"
"She'll be nothing but trouble again and again"
"You must sack her today
Sack the girl today!"
"Right my girl!
On your way"
Fantine's secret of having a daughter is exposed by a coworker and she is cast out as impure among the workers. The spiteful foreman, who was rejected by Fantine, fires Fantine from the factory, essentially cutting off her way to provide for herself and her child.
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On My OwnEponine:
"On my own
Pretending he's beside me
I walk with him till morning
I feel his arms around me
And when I lose my way I close my eyes
And he has found me"
"In the rain the pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river
In the darkness, the trees are full of starlight
And all I see is him and me forever and forever"
In "On My Own," Eponine is heart-broken that Marius, the young man who stole her heart, is instead in love with another woman, Cosette. Eponine is devastated at this fact knowing that she'll never have him and never be able to live happily without him.
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One More DayCosette and Marius:
"Tomorrow you'll be worlds away
And yet with you, my world has started!"
"But he never saw me there!"
"One more day to revolution,
We will nip it in the bud!
We'll be ready for these schoolboys
They will wet themselves with blood!"
In excerpts from "One More Day," the characters express anticipation for things they could do with their lives in the future, though to accomplish those things they must split up and lead lives without one another. For Cosette, Marius and Eponine, this life is one of a love triangle while for Javert it's a prediction that the student revels will fail in their insurrection attempt.
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