its from pages 26-50 in the book
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Jean Valjean is a desperate man. He has just got out of prison (19 years) for stealing bread. He is starving and humiliated. I don't think he is angry at the boy rather than his situation. This boy has money and he doesn't. Jean steals a 40-sous coin from 12-year-old Petit Gervais and chases the boy away. He feeld badly after this.