Whew, it will take forever to get this book finished (partly because I keep interrupting to read other things).
This volume was called "Marius". As with other characters we have an in-depth introduction to him. We learn about his grandfather and his father. The father who served at Waterloo...who was in that description many pages ago and met a scavenger named Thenardier.
WE learn how Marius meets the students led by Enjolras and are given a full introduction to each student.
We learn that Marius has a strong predilection for helping others, a charitable heart. Then again it is obvious in this book that to be a heroic character one has a charitable caring heart
We learn how Marius first becomes besotted with this beautiful girl whose name he does not know. And how he pretty much stalks her.
ANd then we learn that Marius lives next door to the Thenardier clan, and we watch with him as Thenardier once again meets an old friend.
IT is interesting reading. But sooo long, and sooooooooooooo much detail that seems extraneous to moving the plot forward.