“If There is No Sun, One Must be Made” (#Treesquare July 11 & Lens Artists #156)

Happy Sunday

Combining #Treesquares with the Lens-Artists’ Black and White theme this week. 



I have been enjoying reading some of Les Mis this month and so here is another excerpt, which I chose because it adds a bit of a color to a black and white theme.  


     Cosette had never been more tender with Jean Valjean. She was in unison with Father Gillenormand; while he incited joy into aphorisms and maxims, she exhaled goodness like a perfume.

Happiness desires that all the world should be happy.

She regained, for the purpose of addressing Jean Valjean, inflections of voice belonging to the time when she was a little girl. She caressed him with her smile.

A banquet had been spread in the dining-room.

Illumination as brilliant as the daylight is the necessary seasoning of a great joy. Mist and obscurity are not accepted by the happy. They do not consent to be black. The night, yes; the shadows, no.

If there is no sun, one must be made.

The dining-room was full of joyful things. In the centre, above the white and glittering table, was a Venetian lustre with flat plates, with all sorts of colored birds, blue, violet, red, and green, perched amid the candles; around the chandelier, girandoles, on the walls, sconces with triple and quintuple branches; mirrors, silverware, glassware, plate, porcelain, faïence, pottery, gold and silversmith’s work, all was sparkling and joyous. The empty spaces between the candelabra were filled in with bouquets, so that where there was not a light, there was a flower.

In the antechamber, three violins and a flute softly played quartettes by Haydn.

Jean Valjean had seated himself on a chair in the drawing-room, behind the door, the leaf of which folded back upon him in such a manner as to nearly conceal him. A few moments before they sat down to table, Cosette came, as though inspired by a sudden whim, and made him a deep courtesy, spreading out her bridal toilet with both hands, and with a tenderly roguish glance, she asked him:

“Father, are you satisfied?”

“Yes,” said Jean Valjean, “I am content!”

“Well, then, laugh.”

Jean Valjean began to laugh.

A few moments later, Basque announced that dinner was served.

The guests, preceded by M. Gillenormand with Cosette on his arm, entered the dining-room, and arranged themselves in the proper order around the table.

taken from Book VI, Chapter 2 from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables



Hope your weekend is going well.  

What books have been opened around your house this month? 












36 thoughts on ““If There is No Sun, One Must be Made” (#Treesquare July 11 & Lens Artists #156)

        1. well keep us posted – and I can skim a few books at once but not fiction – that can be hard to follow – so do let us know how it goes

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    1. well it is so nice to read short stories in any kind of weather – but all the more in nice weather with a short attention span – hahah


  1. I like your black-and-white tree pictures … they seem bigger than life this way. I have never read “Les Mis” nor have I seen the most-recent movie, but I’ve seen the original movie. I have so many things I want to do when retired – books to read are high on that agenda. There are many classics I’ve not read yet. I don’t have a book “on the go” at the present time. I’d really be more behind here on Reader if I began reading again. You know, one of those books that grabs your attention and you can’t put it down?

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    1. Hi Linda – well you seem to be making room for blogging friends and walking adventures – and all of that is keeping you connected and your brain alive.
      I know there are a lot of classic books out there to read – but Les Mis is a special one so I hope you add it to the “when retired” list

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      1. I have a growing list of books Yvette and there are many classics I never read in high school or college. I was reading a synopsis of an episode of the series Mad Men recently and they mentioned a character was similar to “The Catcher in the Rye” which is a book I’ve not read.


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