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Master of the House

The first time I saw Les Miserables the 10th anniversary concert, I was impressed by the song " Master of the House". It's very sarcastic and vividly shows the word "cunning" musically. I love this song so much that I couldn't help but draw it. There are two versions of my work about the song. The first time I drew it, I was too focused on the appearance of the Mr. and Mrs. Thenardier, so I forgot to arrange my composition properly. After I finished coloring it, I was dissatisfied with the weak connection between the two characters. Therefore, in the second version I drew them holding a crying chicken head on a chopping block. Beneath them, the abused servant almost gets hit by the falling knife. So all of the characters in the center of the picture look like they are in motion. On the right edge, I drew in the plot's events from bottom to top starting with what happened after Fantine passed away. On the left side, I depicted the lyrics description about how this terrible inn charges you for extra money.

Master of the house, keeper of the zoo

Ready to relieve 'em of a sou or two

Watering the wine, making up the weight

Pickin' up their knick-knacks when they can't see straight

Everybody loves a landlord. Everybody's bosom friend

I do whatever pleases

Jesus! Won't I bleed 'em in the end!


Food beyond compare. Food beyond belief

Mix it in a mincer and pretend it's beef

Kidney of a horse, liver of a cat

Filling up the sausages with this and that

Residents are more than welcome

Bridal suite is occupied

Reasonable charges

Plus some little extras on the side!


Charge 'em for the lice, extra for the mice

Two percent for looking in the mirror twice

Here a little slice, there a little cut

Three percent for sleeping with the window shut

When it comes to fixing prices

There are a lot of tricks he knows

How it all increases, all them bits and pieces

Jesus! It's amazing how it grows!

Mis. Thenardier
Mr. Thenardier
Dirty servant
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