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"The Attack on Rue Plumet"
The Attack on Rue Plumet

Claude-Michel Schönberg


Herbert Kretzmer


Jean Valjean
Monsieur Thénardier

Song Order

"A Heart Full of Love"


"On My Own" (Movie) "One Day More" (Musical)

"The Attack on Rue Plumet" or "Plumet Attack" takes place in Paris in 1832. After bringing Marius to Valjean's house to see Cosette, Éponine sees her father Thénardier and his gang Patron-Minette preparing to rob the house; Éponine screams, dispersing them, while Valjean is led to believe that Javert or his minions have discovered his whereabouts at last, and so prepares to leave at once with Cosette.

In some productions of the musical, the conversation with Éponine and Montparnasse is cut.

The lyrics were written by Herbert Kretzmer.


'Parnasse, what are you doing
So far out of our patch?

This house, we're going to do it
Rich man, plenty of scratch
You remember he's the one
Who got away the other day
Got a number on his chest
Perhaps a fortune put away!

Oh Lord, somebody help me!
Dear God, what'll I do?
He'll think this is an ambush
He'll think I'm in it too!

What'll I do, what'll I say?
I've got to warn them here
I've got to find a way.

[Thénardier arrives with the rest of his gang.]

This is his lair
I've seen the old fox around
He keeps himself to himself
He's staying close to the ground
I smell profit here!

Ten years ago
He came and paid for Cosette
I let her go for a song
It's time we settled the debt
This'll cost him dear

What do I care
Who you should rob
Give me my share
Finish the job!

You shut your mouth
Give me your hand

[He notices Éponine but doesn't recognize her.]

What have we here?

Who is this hussy?

It's your brat Éponine
Don't you know your own kid
Why's she hanging about you?

Éponine, get on home
You're not needed in this
We're enough here without you

I know this house
I tell you there's nothing here for you
Just the old man and the girl
They live ordinary lives

Don't interfere
You've got some gall
Take care, young miss,
You've got a lot to say!

She's going soft

Happens to all

Go home, 'Ponine,
Go home, you're in the way

I'm gonna scream, I'm gonna warn them here.

One little scream and you'll regret it for a year.

What a palaver
What an absolute treat
To watch a cat and its father
Pick a bone in the street.

Not a sound out of you!

Well I told you I'd do it, told you I'd do it!

[She screams.]

You wait my girl, you'll rue this night
I'll make you scream, you'll scream all right!
Leave her to me, don't wait around
Make for the sewers, go underground!

[The gang scatters.]

It was your cry sent them away
Once more 'Ponine saving the day
Dearest Cosette, my friend 'Ponine
Brought me to you, showed me the way!

Someone is near
Let's not be seen
Somebody's here...

[Marius and Éponine leave quickly as Valjean enters.]

My God, Cosette
I heard a cry in the dark
I heard the shout of angry voices in the street.

That was my cry you heard, Papa.
I was afraid of what they'd do.
They ran away when they heard my cry

Cosette, my child, what will become of you?

Three men I saw beyond the wall
Three men in shadow moving fast

This is a warning to us all
These are the shadows of the past

Must be Javert!
He's found my cover at last!
I've got to get Cosette away
Before they return!

We must get away from shadows
They will never let us be
Tomorrow to Calais
Then a ship across the sea!

Hurry, Cosette, prepare to leave and say no more
Tomorrow we'll away!
Hurry, Cosette, it's time to close another door
And live another day!


In the school edition version, Thenardier's lines are switched around:

Make for the sewers, get underground/ Leave her to me, don't wait around/ You wait my girl, you'll rue this night/ I'll make you scream, you'll scream alright!

These are the words in the school edition


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