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In Les Misérables, Jean Valjean spent nineteen years in the Bagne de Toulon, a notorious prison. Nineteen years. In October, 1815, he was released; he had entered there in 1796, for having broken a pane of glass and taken a loaf of bread. Victor Hugo (1862). Les Misérables, book 2, chapter 6. Translated by Isabel Hapgood. In the prison he was referred to ...


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