Javert Valjean, at last, We see each other plain `M'sieur le Mayor', You'll wear a different chain.
Valjean Before you say another word, Javert Before you chain me up like a slave again Listen to me! There is something I must do. This woman leaves behind a suffering child. There is none but me who can intercede, In Mercy's name, three days are all I need. Then I'll return, I pledge my word. Then I'll return...
Javert You must think me mad! I've hunted you across the years A man like you can never change A man... such as you...
Javert (in counterpoint) Men like me can never change Men like you can never change No, 24601, My duty's to the law You have no rights Come with me 24601 Now the wheel has turned around Ne Jean Valjean is nothing now Dare you talk to me of crime And the price you had to pay Every man is born in sin Every man must choose his way You know nothing of Javert I was born inside a jail I was born with scum like you I am from the gutter too! Valjean (in counterpoint) Believe of me what you will There is a duty that I'm sworn to do You know nothing of my life All I did was steal some bread You know nothing of the world You would rather see me dead But not before I see this justice done
I am warning you Javert I'm a stronger man by far There is power in me yet My race is not yet run I am warning you Javert There is nothing I won't dare If I have to kill you here I'll do what must be done!
[Valjean breaks chair and threatens Javert with the broken piece. Turns to Fantine.]
Valjean And this I swear to you tonight
Javert There is no place for you to hide
Valjean Your child will live within my care
Javert Wherever you may hide away
Valjean And I will raise her to the light.
Valjean & Javert I swear to you, I will be there!
[They fight, Javert is knocked out. Valjean escapes.]