There is no possibility of a happy ending for either the hero or heroine in this tragic love story. Hugo paints a dark picture of history and humanity in this tale, where ugliness and innocence do not survive. This particular version is unabridged, which means you get the author’s long-winded lectures on the history of Paris and the printing press – for the modern reader, the book would be much better without them. If you get this version, I suggest you just skip these mind-numbing sections and pick back up to where the story continues.

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