- “Now first, did this silver belong to us?”
Madame Magloire did not answer; after a moment the bishop continued.
“Madame Magloire, I have for a long time wrongfully withheld this silver; it belonged to the poor. Who was this man? A poor man evidently.”
“What is monsieur going to eat from now?”
“How so! Have we no tin plates?”
“Well, then, iron plates.”
“Well,” said the bishop, “then, wooden plates.”
- “Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God.”