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Madame Thénardier
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Biographical information
Gender

Female

Hair color

Ginger (novel)

Died

1832 (novel)

Cause of Death

Dies in jail

Family

Éponine (daughter)
Azelma (daughter)
Gavroche (son)
Two unnamed younger sons

Relationships

Monsieur Thénardier (spouse)

Job

Innkeeper's wife

Behind the scenes
Portrayer

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Madame Thénardier is the female secondary antagonist in the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. She is the wife of Monsieur Thénardier. She mistreats Cosette until Jean Valjean takes her away. In the movie and musical, she is seen again at Marius and Cosette's wedding stealing silverware (this does not happen in the book, where she is arrested, eventually dying in prison after her family is incarcerated).

NovelEdit

In the book Madame Thénardier is ugly, tall, fat and huge woman, about 12 or 14 years younger than her husband. She is totally subordinated to Thénardier; together own their inn (known as "the Sergent of Waterloo"). She has five children (including Éponine and Gavroche), but she loves only her daughters, whom she therefore spoils. Later Fantine meets her and leaves her daughter, Cosette, in her care, after believing she is a good mother. Both Thénardiers treat Cosette badly, but Fantine is unaware, and continues to send the couple money.

Several years later, Valjean visits the Waterloo inn to take Cosette into his own care. The Thénardiers attempt to con Valjean with a double price room and other extra fees regarding Cosette's care. However, after Valjean presents a letter from Fantine, Thénardier keeps his promise and erases all fees. Valjean uses the threat of Madame Thénardier returning for her to ensure Cosette travels quickly through the convent.

After the Thénardiers' inn goes bankrupt, the family, under the name Jondrette, travels to Gorbeau House and joins the Patron-Minette gang. Finally, the Thénardiers are arrested by Javert. Madame Thénardier dies in jail.

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