[Javert and constables break up the fight. Valjean picks himself up and looks for Cosette, who is with Marius.]
Javert Another brawl in the square Another stink in the air! Was there a witness to this? Well, let him speak to Javert! M'sieur, the streets are not safe, But let these vermin beware We'll see that justice is done!
Look upon this fine collection Crawled from underneath a stone This swarm of worms and maggots Could have picked you to the bone! I know this man over here I know his name and his trade And on your witness, M'sieur, We'll see him suitably paid.
[Valjean and Cosette have disappeared.]
But where's the gentleman gone? And why on earth did he run?
Thenardier You will have a job to catch him He's the one you should arrest No more bourgeois when you scratch him Than that brand upon his chest!
[The constables search for Valjean.]
Javert Could it be he's some old jailbird That the tide now washes in Heard my name and started running Had the brand upon his skin And the girl who stood beside him When I turned they both had gone Could he be the man I've hunted? Could it be he's Jean Valjean?
Thenardier In the absence of a victim, Dear Inspector, may I go? And remember when you've nicked him, It was me who told you so!
Javert Let the old man keep on running I will run him off his feet!
Everyone about your business Clear this garbage off the street!