For what crime does Inspector Javert pursue Valjean in “Les Misérables”?
Kidnapping a child
Stealing gold from a church
Victor Hugo’s lengthy 1862 novel “Les Misérables” follows multiple stories and characters, but one of its main protagonists is Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who is freed after 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. Valjean starts a new life under the name Madeleine and becomes a successful businessman and eventual mayor of the town Montreuil.
There, Inspector Javert, a rigid man dedicated to the rule of the law, discovers Valjean has lied about his criminal past and broken his parole. Javert hunts Valjean for years across France, finally confronting him in the middle of a rebellion in Paris.
Answer: The correct answer is Breaking parole.