Please forgive me in taking so long to post this. A lot happens in book 1.
This part of the book is entirely focused on the June Rebellion, but also brings together characters from other narrative strands of the book – namely Javert and Jean Valjean. Some chapters are interludes that deal with events outside the main storyline – I’ve mentioned them briefly to avoid confusion as to missing chapters.
As a warning, this section is marked for being quite long, filled with spoilers and (if the movie didn’t clue you in) detailing the deaths of all the characters you’ve grown to love. Thank Victor, not me.
Volume V – Jean Valjean
Chapter 2 – Under cover of darkness, the rebellion rebuild the barricade and move the dead away from the main fighting area. At dawn, while they are waiting for news of the other barricades, Combeferre speaks poetically about their fallen comrades.
Chapter 3 – Enjolras returns from his reconnaissance, and informs the gathered insurgents that the people of Paris are not joining them in their insurrection, and that within the hour the barricade is to b attacked. An unnamed citizen shouts up a rallying call to defend the barricades to their deaths regardless of their lack of support, which the rest of them agree with.
Chapter 4 – Having taken four spare uniforms from the enemy, Enjolras and Combeferre request those with families to leave while there is still chance. Most are reluctant, but five men step forward. Unable to decide who should be the one to stay behind, Valjean arrives at the barricades and adds his own uniform to the pile, making up the desired five.
Chapter 5 – Enjolras gives a rousing speech as to their accomplishments in the face of their certain death.
Chapter 6 – Enjolras gives water to Javert and readjusts his bindings so he is more comfortable.
Chapter 7 – The revolutionaries strengthen the barricades to encompass three streets, at the cost of sacrificing any possible exit. The first assault comes from the army, and a cannon is set up. Courfeyrac, Combeferre and Bossuet jokingly discuss the effectiveness of the cannons. However, the cannonball does little damage and the whole barricade cheers.
Chapter 8 – Combeferre entreats Enjolras not to kill an artillery sergeant. Despite his unwillingness, Enjolras shoots the soldier, gaining them some time free from being fired upon.
Chapter 9 – Valjean manages to procure a mattress in order to provide more protection for the barricades.
(Chapter 10 – Narrative shift to Cosette)
Chapter 11 – The enemy tries exhaust the revolutionary’s ammunition.
Chapter 12 – There is a minor attack on the barricades by the company of Captain Fannicot, the same which had earlier executed Jean Prouvaire.
(Chapter 13 – Brief interlude, dealing with minor insurrections which break out in some local quarters of Paris, which are quickly repressed by the Nation Guard.)
Chapter 14 – Courfeyrac amuses the insurgents by routinely shouting disparaging comments at the cannon. Bossuet comments that he admires Enjolras for being so filled of passion without the incentive of a woman; under his breath, Enjolras names his mistress ‘Patria’. There is another attack on the barricades, and Enjolras comments that they’re running out of ammunition.
Chapter 15 – Gavroche goes outside of the barricade to collect cartridge provisions, having overheard Enjolras’ comment. Most of the bullet aimed at him miss, however one hits and he falls, and on attempting to rise, another bullet hits him, finally killing him.
(Chapter 16 – Interlude dealing with the two children Gavroche had looked after earlier in the book – who unbeknownst to him are his younger brothers).
Chapter 17 – Marius and Combeferre bring Gavroche back inside and lay him down beside the corpse of Father Mabeuf. In a moment of quiet, Combeferre dresses injuries, Bossuet and Feuilly make extra cartridges, Courfeyrac organises his collection of weapons, and Joly checks his tongue in a mirror.
Chapter 18 – Readying for their last stand, Les Amis line the windows and roofs with paving stones and set themselves up to retreat to Corinthe when the barricades are taken. Enjolras gives Javert over to Valjean.
(Chapter 19 – Valjean releases Javert, sending him from the barricades).
(Chapter 20 – Interlude where Hugo discusses the nature of Progress, and the noble nature of those revolutionists who would attempt to alter the future for the better, and martyr themselves for an ideal.)
Chapter 21 – The barricades are attacked by infantries of the National and Municipal Guard. Bossuet laughs when a shot makes him lose his hat, and Feuilly complains about those who had promised to fight and in the end abandoned them. The battle is vicious and heroic, and Bossuet, Feuilly and Courfeyrac are killed. Combeferre dies lifting a wounded soldier, his eyes gazing to heaven. Marius is injured but continues fighting.
Chapter 22 – The only leaders left are Marius and Enjolras (it’s inferred that Joly too, is dead, although his actual death isn’t mentioned). The centre of the barricade is breached, and Enjolras defends the door into Corinthe as the remaining men take shelter in there. Marius is still outside, collapsed from injuries. Inside, Enjolras kisses the hand of Father Maubef in a gesture of reverence and readies the men for their last stand. The revolutionaries retreat up the stairs, chopping away the steps with axes, firing bullets and pushing paving slabs out the window, and the wine shop is besieged.
Chapter 23 – The National Guardsmen manage to clamber up the remainder of the stairs to find only Enjolras still alive. Knowing he is outnumbered, he throws down his gun and stands unflinchingly as he readies to be executed. The narrative cuts to Grantaire, who has been collapsed in a drunken stupor since the previous evening, tucked away into a corner, out of sight from the soldiers. On awakening, he sees Enjolras with the soldiers, and realising what is happening, declares aloud his allegiance to the revolution. Standing up, he crosses the room and stands next to Enjolras, requesting to die by his side. Enjolras smiles at him, and they press hands together as they are shot.