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Name:Jean Valjean
Up to that day, Jean Valjean had not been vanquished by trial. He had been subjected to fearful proofs; no violence of bad fortune had been spared him; the ferocity of fate, armed with all vindictiveness and all social scorn, had taken him for her prey and had raged against him. He had accepted every extremity when it had been necessary; he had sacrificed his inviolability as a reformed man, had yielded up his liberty, risked his head, lost everything, suffered everything, and he had remained disinterested and stoical to such a point that he might have been thought to be absent from himself like a martyr. His conscience inured to every assault of destiny, might have appeared to be forever impregnable. Well, any one who had beheld his spiritual self would have been obliged to concede that it weakened at that moment. It was because, of all the tortures which he had undergone in the course of this long inquisition to which destiny had doomed him, this was the most terrible. Never had such pincers seized him hitherto. He felt the mysterious stirring of all his latent sensibilities. He felt the plucking at the strange chord. Alas! the supreme trial, let us say rather, the only trial, is the loss of the beloved being. -- Les Miserables, Victor Hugo. Book 15, Chapter I.

Jean Valjean has lived an interesting a life. He was a peasant, then fell to being a convict. He spent nineteen years in the galleys - five for stealing bread to feed his dying nephew, and fourteen more for repeated attempts at escape. When he gained freedom, he was a man full of hate; for the world, for society, for his fellow man.

And then he met Bishop Myriel. He stole again, but was allowed to keep his freedom by an act of mercy. The Bishop bought him for God - and since that day, Jean Valjean has tried to live up to the faith placed in him by a stranger who saved his soul.

He has been a mayor, a father, a man on the run. A hunted beast, and a humble saviour. He lives in fear and hope both; a man who struggles with his demons, but is never without love. His adopted daughter, Cosette, is his world. To lose her would be the end of everything.

Physical features: He is a little over six feet tall, with hazel eyes, and brown hair that tends to curl. He will always be dressed respectably, in the fashion of early 19th century France. He is horribly scarred on his back and wrists - these latter give rise to his habit of always pulling his cuffs down. It is likely no one will ever see these. He also walks with a slight limp off his right leg; this is due to nineteen years of being shackled.

Most notably, Valjean has the strength of four men. He was often used as a human jack ('Jean-le-Cric') in his days as a convict; he can lift a loaded cart with the strength of his back, and carry the weight of a man for more than a day through the sewers of Paris. He would hope his days of having to perform such feats are behind him, but you never know.

Canon note: Valjean will be a fusion of book and musical/movie canon. Hugh Jackman is from the 2012 film, obviously, and as such, events appearing there will make sense to him. But the novel will be used for details, background information, character motivation and historical interaction, as well as order of events. If you're unsure about what he'll remember from a particular canon event, please do ask.

Jean Valjean is from Les Misérables, and is the property of Victor Hugo, and Universal Pictures. He appears here solely for the purpose of role-playing in [community profile] milliways_bar, from which no profit whatsoever is being made. His PB is Hugh Jackman who, presumably, belongs to himself.
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