My Austrian student who gets romance mixed up with stalking?
He had an interesting suggestion for the ending of Les Miserables that I must pass on to you (before I smack him upside the head).
When asked on a quiz how he felt about the ending, in which Jean Val Jean basically writes his last confession to Cosette and Marius before they arrive just in time to exchange apologies with him before he dies of a lonely, broken heart . . .
(SORRY about the spoiler for those of you who are only on page 1356?)
When asked on a quiz how he felt about the ending, Wolfgang wrote this little ditty:
"Valjean's death takes too long. He should have finished his letter writing and then fallen down the stairs."
"I don't like the idea of Marius and Cosette showing up just in time to hear the truth before he dies. Seriously, that just doesn't happen!"
And falling down the stairs to your death does happen? Seriously, at least telling the truth should happen.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that Les Miserables is one of my favorite stories, soundtracks, broadway musicals, books, and 10th Anniversary Performances on DVD. I love everything about Les Mis (except the movies, which are like a ginormous shot of triptophan. YAWN! Probably because there are no stinkin' hot vampires).
But I confess, Wolfgang's 21st Century/MTV/GET-TO-THE-POINT-I'm-a-student/What-was-the-point-again? approach to the emotional ending of Les Miserables was just the kind of irreverent blasphemy I needed today.
Thanks for the smile, Wolfgang.
But as long as there are stairs involved could I offer an alternate ending?
Jean Val jean should finish writing his letter and then push Marius down the stairs to his death.
Now there's a satisfying ending!!!!!!!!!!!