Excerpt from Les Miserables, Vol. 1
M. Myriel had to undergo the fate of every newcomer in a little town, where there are many mouths which talk, and very few heads which think. He was obliged to undergo it although he was a bishop, and because he was a bishop. But after all, the rumors with which his name was connected were rumors only, - noise, sayings, words; less than words - pala bres, as the energetic language of the South expresses it.
However that may be, after nine years of episcopal power and of residence in D., all the stories and subjects of con versation which engross petty towns and petty people at the outset had fallen into profound oblivion. No one would have dared to mention them; no one would have dared to recall them.
M. Myriel had arrived at D. Accompanied by an elderly spinster, Mademoiselle Baptistine, who was his sister, and ten years his junior.
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