A tale of two backpacks

Jean Valjean avait cela de particulier qu’on pouvait dire qu’il portait deux besaces; dans l’une il avait les pensées d’un saint, dans l’autre les redoutables talents d’un forçat. Il fouillait dans l’une ou dans l’autre, selon l’occasion.
— Victor Hugo, Les Miserable (Chapter V: Which would be Impossible were the Streets Lighted with Gas.)

“Jean Valjean had this peculiarity, that he might be said to carry two knapsacks; in one he had the thoughts of a saint, in the other the formidable talents of a convict. He helped himself from one or the other as occasion required.”

Image of two pasikings – which are indigenous backpacks from Indonesia! But I liked the image – Indonesian By Bagoto (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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