A Little Fall of Rain Analysis

This is another duet that means SPOILERS if you proceed. It is between Marius and Eponine at the barricades, who are close friends, but Eponine has unrequited love for Marius. This is one of the death scenes in Les Mis. In order to understand this scene, you must understand Eponine as a character.

Eponine lived a tragic and dark life. She wasn’t shown love or kindness growing up due to having abusive and unloving parents. She only had one source of light in her terrible life, who was Marius, the young man she fell in love with. Marius was the only person who showed her kindness, and that is why she fell in love with him. Prior to “A Little Fall of Rain”, Eponine sacrificed her life to save Marius- her death is bittersweet because she is in the arms of Marius and it is the happiest moment of her life. It is heartbreaking in two ways- for starters, Eponine is dying and second, Marius is devastated.

[Eponine:]
Don’t you fret, M’sieur Marius. I don’t feel any pain
A little fall of rain, can hardly hurt me now
You’re here. That’s all I need to know
And you will keep me safe
And you will keep me close
And rain will make the flowers grow

[Marius:]
But you will live, ‘Ponine, dear God above
If I could heal your wounds with words of love

[Eponine:]
Just hold me now, and let it be
Shelter me, comfort me

[Marius:]
You would live a hundred years, if I could show you how
I won’t desert you now…

[Eponine:]
The rain can’t hurt me now
This rain will wash away what’s past
And you will keep me safe
And you will keep me close
I’ll sleep in your embrace at last

The rain that brings you here is heaven blessed
The skies begin to clear, and I’m at rest
A breath away from where you are
I’ve come home from so far

[Marius:]
Hush-a-bye, dear Éponine
You won’t feel any pain
A little fall of rain
Can hardly hurt you now

[Eponine:]
So don’t you fret, M’sieur Marius
I don’t feel any pain
A little fall of rain
Can hardly hurt me now

[Marius:]
I’m here

[Eponine:]
That’s all I need to know

And you will keep me safe
And you will keep me close

[Marius:]
I’ll stay with you
‘Till you are sleeping

[Eponine:]
And rain…

[Marius:]
And rain…

[Eponine:]
Will make the flowers…

[Marius:]
Will make the flowers… grow…

Les Mis, A Little Fall of Rain

As a matter of fact, this song says a LOT about Marius. It shows how compassionate of a person he is. If he wasn’t capable of all that compassion, he would have left her to die alone. Eponine is just so happy he is with her in that moment. He may have been devastated, but still decided to be there for her. It really does show how much he valued their friendship. He was worried about her- why do you think he asked- why she came back. Marius is actually my favorite survivor in Les Mis.

18 thoughts on “A Little Fall of Rain Analysis

  1. Meg, well said. It is a cherished moment for Eponine to have her friend and love with her. The song is precious. It is very hard to pick a favorite song from Les Mis, but this one would have to be included on a short list. Keith

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  2. “A Little Fall of Rain” is so sad. *cries* I love Eponine. I must admit that I used to think Marius was kind of heartless XD, but now I have a much higher opinion of him. I think I misunderstood his character and also judged him for the way he treated Jean Valjean (but he shouldn’t be blamed given that he didn’t know the full story). I do think he has compassion but that his flaw is being rather ignorant (like how he remained unable to realize that Eponine loved him).

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