“The Bargain” / “The Thénardier Waltz of Treachery”


Valjean
I found her wandering in the wood
This little child, I found her trembling in the shadows
And I am here to help Cosette
I will settle any debt you may think proper
I will pay what I must pay
To take Cosette away.

Thénardier (spoken)
I love you.

There is a duty I must heed,
There is a promise I have made
For I was blind to one in need
I did not see what stood before me
Now your mother is with God.
Her suffering is over
And I speak here with her voice
And I stand here in her place
And from this day and evermore

Madame Thénardier
Let me take your coat, M’sieur.

Valjean
Cosette shall live in my protection

Thénardier
You are very welcome here

Valjean
I shall not forget my vow

Thénardier
Take a drink

Madame Thénardier
Take a chair

Valjean
Cosette shall have a father now!

Thénardier
What to do? What to say?
Shall you carry our treasure away?
What a gem! What a pearl!
Beyond rubies is our little girl!
How can we talk of debt?
Let’s not haggle for darling Colette!

Madame Thénardier (spoken)
Cosette.

Thénardier
Cosette.

Dear Fantine, gone to rest
Have we done for her child what is best?

(spoken)
I think so.

(sung)
Shared our bread, shared each bone
Treated her like she’s one of our own!
Like our own, M’sieur

Valjean
Your feelings do you credit, sir
And I will ease the parting blow

Let us not talk of bargains or bones or greed
Now, may I say, we are agreed?

Madame Thénardier
That would quite fit the bill
If she hadn’t so often been ill
Little dear, cost us dear
Medicines are expensive, M’sieur
Not that we begrudged a sou

Madame Thénardier & Thénardier
It’s no more than we Christians must do!

Valjean
No more words, here’s your price.
Fifteen hundred for your sacrifice
Come, Cosette, say goodbye,
Let us seek out some friendlier sky.
Thank you both for Cosette
It won’t take you too long to forget.

Thénardier (spoken)
Farewell Courgette!

Madame Thénardier (spoken)
It’s Cosette.

Valjean (spoken)
And open.
It’s for you.

(sung)
Where I go, you will be.

Young Cosette
Will you be like a papa to me?

Valjean
Yes Cosette, this is true
I’ll be father and mother to you.

Thénardier (spoken)
Not bad.

Madame Thénardier (spoken)
Not enough!
There’s a copper at the door, what the devil have you done?

Javert (spoken)
Where’s the child Cosette?

Madame Thénardier
She’s gone with a gent,
Didn’t tell us where they went
Didn’t leave his home address.

You bloody fool, look at what we got
Shoulda struck the iron, stuck while it’s hot

Thénardier (spoken)
Next time round, I promise
I’m gonna get the lot. Okay?