I am wondering if you are reminded of the same movie scene I am when you see this photograph:
To be honest, I was not sure when I saw it, I just remarked to Goldfinch that it reminds me of the scene in Les Miserables where Javert is having his meltdown…or crises of conscience.
After spying on Enjolras and his companions at the barricade, Javert is recognized and captured. Jean Val-Jean (who is there to find Marius, with whom Cosette is in love) volunteers to execute Javert, but rather than dispense with Javert’s life, Jean Val-Jean shows him mercy and allows him to escape. Javert cannot handle the fact that Jean Val-Jean could have rid himself of the man who has been hunting him down, but instead showed him mercy. Javert has been pursuing Jean Val-Jean for many years believing his goal was to dispense justice.
Well…when I arrived back in London, I googled where this scene of Javert’s demise was filmed and sure enough it was Pulteney Weir in Bath. These are two of my photos of Pulteney Weir…where Javert’s crises was filmed:
Goldfinch and I shared a cream tea in a little cafe on Pulteney Bridge – well I drank all of the tea, he had a Ferrero Rocher milkshake…but we shared the scones. Nothing like tea and scones to help you get a handle on your life.
I have read “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo three times. I love it, it is one of my all time favourite novels. It is is just such a long read. Epic! The musical – well…some of the songs are frankly marvellous, I think you have to be a bit hard-hearted not to find them touching. Although I find it really hard to hear Fantine singing “I Dreamed A Dream” without thinking of Susan Boyle and Simon Cowell which, I am afraid to say, casts a bit of a cloud over it for me.
Anyway…so far, nobody has ruined this gorgeous song for me yet…although I wondered if I will be able to bear hearing it after Goldfinch has gone to Australia? At least there will always be plenty of tea and scones to wash away my sadness. If Javert had only turned right at the bridge and found the same cafe as Goldfinch and I…after a cuppa and a warm scone with jam and cream, things would have been in much better perspective.
Go on…turn it up…let the tears flow! Then afterwards make yourself a cuppa.