FANTINE
There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong...


I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high and life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving


Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine unwasted


But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they tear your dream to shame...


He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came


And still I dream he'll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather


I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seems
Now life has killed the dream I dream


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    General CommentThe one thing that bothers me about the play vs the novel is the first half of the play is the first 75% of the novel and the second half of the play is the last 25% of the novel. Therefore many things in the first 75% of the novel get left out of the play. The only part that got cut that's really too bad (in my opinion) is Fantine's history. Her back story is amazing and it was entirely cut from the play and this song attempts to explain it.

    "He slept a summer by my side
    He filled my days with endless wonder
    He took my childhood in his stride
    But he was gone when autumn came"

    This part makes it seem like Fantine and Tholomyès were only together for 6 months or so. In reality the book makes it clear that Tholomyes ditches Fantine when Cosette is 2 years 2 months old. In the section when Fantine gives Cosette to the Thenardiers it is mentioned that 10 months had passed since Fantine was dumped by Tholomyes. It also makes clear that Cosette is "going on three" years old. Doing the math you can figure out Cosette was 2 years, 2 months old at the time Tholomyes leaves Fantine ("the pretty farce"). This means that Fantine and Tholomyes were together at least 3 years, not "a summer".

    "And still I dream he'll come to me
    That we will live the years together"

    After the pretty farce Fantine writes a few letters to Tholomyes but they are ignored. She pretty much forgets him at that point. So after she's fired from her job in Montreiul-Sur-Mer it's doubtful she'd still be dreaming of Tholomyes.

    If you want to read about Fantine's back story you can find the novel here:

    classicreader.com/book/268/

    Read the section: Book Third.--In the Year 1817
    rodhandleron May 26, 2013   Link

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