EPONINE
Don't you fret, M'sieur Marius
I don't feel any pain
A little fall of rain
Can hardly hurt me now
You're here, that's all I need to know
And you will keep me safe
And you will keep me close
And rain will make the flowers grow.

MARIUS
But you will live, 'Ponine - dear God above,
If I could heal your wounds with words of love.

EPONINE
Just hold me now, and let it be.
Shelter me, comfort me

MARIUS
You would live a hundred years
If I could show you how
I won't desert you now...

EPONINE
The rain can't hurt me now
This rain will wash away what's past
And you will keep me safe
And you will keep me close
I'll sleep in your embrace at last.

The rain that brings you here
Is Heaven-blessed!
The skies begin to clear
And I'm at rest
A breath away from where you are
I've come home from so far
So don't you fret, M'sieur Marius

I don't feel any pain
A little fall of rain
Can hardly hurt me now

That's all I need to know
And you will keep me safe
And you will keep me close

MARIUS(in counterpoint)
Hush-a-bye, dear Eponine,
You won't feel any pain
A little fall of rain
Can hardly hurt you now
I'm here

I will stay with you
Till you are sleeping

EPONINE
And rain...

MARIUS
And rain...

EPONINE
Will make the flowers...

MARIUS
Will make the flowers... grow...

(She dies. Marius kisses her, then lays her on the ground)

ENJOLRAS
She is the first to fall
The first of us to fall upon this barricade

MARIUS
Her name was Eponine
Her life was cold and dark, yet she was unafraid.

COMBEFERRE
We fight here in her name

PROUVAIRE
She will not die in vain.

LESGLES
She will not be betrayed.

(They carry her body off)


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    General CommentThe saddest thing about this song is that it's not actually talking about rain. Immediately before the song, Marius sings, "I feel there's something wet upon your hair/ Eponine, you're hurt, you need some help/ O God, it's everywhere." This is obviously talking about her blood draining from her. It's important that he never says the word "blood," because Eponine's response is," Don't you fret...A little fall of rain can hardly hurt me now." She either honestly believes or is pretending that her blood is nothing more than a little drizzle from the rain. I tend to lean more to the latter option as she seems to notice the irony of the "rain" being "heaven-blessed." In summation, the entire song is about Eponine and Marius pretending that she is not injured as Eponine fades before Marius's eyes. The heartbreak of her death is that the writers have her die as she is singing a line about new life. Excuse me, I've got something in my eye...
    mrfrodo9on February 28, 2015   Link
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    General CommentYou know what makes this so sad? This is the only time in Eponine's life she's happy, and she's DYING.
    loserdorkon July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhen I heard this song, it brought me to tears. If there was any way to save her life, I'm sure that Marius would have.
    LesMisFanon August 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentits really sweet. i like how he finishes the last sentence for her when she dies.
    PRtwilight85on June 18, 2003   Link
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    General Commentgod...this song brings me to tears. marius finally realizes that eponine has done all this for him, and he sees that eponine is responsible for his happiness. he won't leave her side now...and if he could save her life by telling her that he loved her, then he would. because she's done all this for him. i agree w/ PRtwilight85, and i love how he kisses her as she dies. this part of the book brings me to tears too.
    Pegasus1288on June 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMy mom had me listen to the entire soundtrack before we went to see the play. I feel so much for Eponine because I have gone through and continue to go through the pain she felt because she had to watch the man she would do anything for fall in love with another woman. At least she didn't have to see that same woman break the man's heart. It's even worse because (depending on the guy) they go into this deep depression.

    I cried endlessly when I first heard this song. In the play, I cried even more because I was seeing it. In the play, she kisses him (him kissing her back) before she dies, then she dies in his arms. This play made me cry sooo many times! I sware I used a thousand kleenexes. I have yet to read the book, but I plan on it VERY soon.
    retart60on May 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is lovely. Eponine is happy, she is dying, but its in Marius's arms. This song makes me cry every time.
    blackxhearton October 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti really like this song. it is really sad, as you could tell, cuz mostly everyone that commented said so.
    bepruleson March 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentEponine has been in love with Marius for a long time, but he never loved her. His heart is for Cosette, and Eponine knows it. She's happy finally because she is in his arms. The rain does not nescisarily exsist, but represents all that has been wrong in her life liek her abusive father, living on the streets and not being able to have Marius.
    This song doesn't mean that Marius loves her, or notices that she is the only reason he's happy. He's only her friend, and she is dying, he obviously wouldn't leave her.

    retart60 - while I encourage you to read the book, you may be disappointed. Marius actually hates Eponine, mistakes her for a man, and she tries to kill him. The musical is much happier than the book, and that really is saying something.
    liztomazon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI have read this novel several times and there is some confusion on this thread.

    Marius doesn't hate Eponine. He doesn't love Eponine. He has no opinion. She's just another living being in the world to him. Marius is going through a sort of transformation after his problems with his grandfather. He is in limbo, unsure what to do next, until one day he sees Cosette. From that point onward he is obsessed with Cosette. So while Eponine is in his life (she lives next door to him) Marius looks through her.

    Eponine loves Marius. But she is aware that he would never ever have any interest in someone like her. She is poor, and unattractive due to being malnourished. So Eponine's goal in life is to bring Cosette and Marius together. Marius asks Eponine to help him find Cosette and Eponine arranges everything, and goes so far as to prevent her father's gang from attacking Val Jean and Cosette's house. She does this because she wants to make Marius happy. Because she loves him.

    That's what this song is about. Eponine is saying to Marius "I don't care if I'm dying, if I can lay my head on your lap and take comfort from you I will be happier than I've ever been".

    And for the person who said Eponine always lived a sad life, that's untrue. Eponine was a very happy child and she had a "good life" until the Thenardier's lost their inn when she was around 10 years old.

    Here's the link to the chapter in the novel when Eponine dies.

    classicreader.com/book/268/293/

    "The bullet traversed my hand, but it came out through my back. It is useless to remove me from this spot. I will tell you how you can care for me better than any surgeon. Sit down near me on this stone."

    He obeyed; she laid her head on Marius' knees, and, without looking at him, she said:--

    "Oh! How good this is! How comfortable this is! There; I no longer suffer."

    She remained silent for a moment, then she turned her face with an effort, and looked at Marius.

    "Do you know what, Monsieur Marius? It puzzled me because you entered that garden; it was stupid, because it was I who showed you that house; and then, I ought to have said to myself that a young man like you--"

    She paused, and overstepping the sombre transitions that undoubtedly existed in her mind, she resumed with a heartrending smile:--

    "You thought me ugly, didn't you?"....
    rodhandleron May 17, 2013   Link

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