Why is Victor Hugo in his birthday suit without a stitch to wear?

Today is Victor Hugo’s birthday – Bon anniversaire, Victor!

As I’ve just read the magnificent ‘Les Miserables’, I couldn’t let his birthday go by without a little celebratory knitting. ‘Les Miserables’ is a whopping 1230 pages long, so I find it hard to believe that Hugo ever suffered from writer’s block, yet according to his wife’s memoirs, he did.

So irresistible was the desire to procrastinate, he would demand that his valet locked away all of his clothes so that he’d be unable to leave the house and instead was forced to stay in and write in the buff. Just imagine, both ‘Notre Dame’ and ‘Les Miserables’ were apparently written by Hugo while he was in the nude! Thankfully, he didn’t get frostbite or catch pneumonia as he bought himself a special grey woollen shawl to wear while he wrote.

So, here he is, as naked as the day he was born. At least he gets to keep his dignity intact – thank goodness for that blanket!