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Baptistine Myriel
Biographical information





Bishop Myriel (brother)
Unnamed General (brother)
Unnamed Prefect (brother)

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Baptistine Myriel is a minor character in Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables. She is the sister of Bishop Myriel. She loves and venerates her brother.


Baptistine was a long, pale, thin, gentle creature; she realized the ideal expressed by the word "respectable"; for it seems that a woman must needs be a mother in order to be venerable. She had never been pretty; her whole life, which had been nothing but a succession of holy deeds, had finally conferred upon her a sort of pallor and transparency; and as she advanced in years she had acquired what may be called the beauty of goodness. What had been leanness in her youth had become transparency in her maturity; and this diaphaneity allowed the angel to be seen. She was a soul rather than a virgin. Her person seemed made of a shadow; there was hardly sufficient body to provide for sex; a little matter enclosing a light; large eyes forever drooping;— a mere pretext for a soul’s remaining on the earth. she was not to help out more in the house chores.


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