"Fantine's Arrest + Come To Me (fantine's Death)" as written by and Herbert Kretzmer Alain Albert Boublil....
Cosette, it's turned so cold
Cosette, it's past your bedtime
You've played the day away
And soon it will be night
Come to me, Cosette, the light is fading
Don't you see, the evening star appearing?
Come to me, and rest against my shoulder
How fast the minutes fly away
And every minute colder
Hurry near, another day is dying
Don't you hear, the winter wind is crying?
There's a darkness which comes without a warning
But I will sing you lullabies and wake you in the morning

Oh, Fantine, our time is running out
But Fantine, I swear this on my life
Look, Monsieur, where all the children play
Be at peace, be at peace evermore
My Cosette
Will live in my protection
Take her now
Your child will want for nothing
Good Monsieur, you come from God in Heaven
And none will ever harm Cosette as long as I am living
Take my hand, the night grows ever colder
Then I will keep you warm
Take my child, I give her to your keeping
Take shelter from the storm
For God's sake, please stay 'till I am sleeping
And tell Cosette I love her
And I'll see her when I wake


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"Fantine's Death: Come To Me" as written by Herbert Kretzmer Alain Albert Boublil

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    General CommentWould've been more logical if whoever had posted this had put the song where Fantine dies AFTER the song where she is arrested.

    I like this, though. Bamatabois is a jackass. So is Javert. But Javert's pretty cool.
    LuckyMonkeyon July 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOkay... werid order, but I'm just gonna comment on Come To Me

    Fantine, who had to whore herself to pay for her daughter, is about to die. The Mayor, a disguised Valjean, had taken her in since he feels bad for her. She has illusions of her daughter. She wants nothing more than to see her daughter, to be with her, if only for a minute. She asks Valjean, as she dies, to take care of her daughter, and he promises to. She dies happy, knowing her daughter is safe, and says "and tell cosette I love her and I'll see her when I wake" which just makes it so much more sad.
    liztomazon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn the novel Fantine has been in the hospital for at least 6 weeks but it's not really specified how long. She is waiting every day for Cosette to come. Valjean keeps promising Fantine that Cosette's coming but every time Valjean sends someone to fetch Cosette the Thenardiers refuse to give her up. Valjean has decided to go get Cosette himself but was sidetracked by the Champmatheiu ordeal.

    Valjean visits Fantine every afternoon, but has been gone two or three days. Fantine and the nurses are convinced he's going to get Cosette. Then suddenly Fantine hears children's voices outside her window. The nurse tells Fantine it is Cosette she hears but that the doctor won't allow Fantine to see Cosette until Fantine gets stronger. The nurse says this because she believe Valjean will be back soon with Cosette.

    Valjean appears and the nurse is upset that he didn't get Cosette. Valjean goes to Fantine to check on her but suddenly Javert comes into Fantine's hospital room and spills the beans that Valjean is not the mayor, he is a convict, and that Cosette is not there and Valjean will be going to jail and not be going to get Cosette. The shock of this news causes Fantine to die.

    So while the song has Fantine "imagining" she is seeing or hearing Cosette in the novel Fantine really believed she was hearing Cosette right outside her window.

    Here's the section of the novel where Fantine dies.

    classicreader.com/book/268/69/
    rodhandleron May 17, 2013   Link

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