There's a reason for that.
After a meeting with a bishop in his way to receive his parole, Jean Valjean was convinced to begin a new life. But after he adopts the young Cosette as his own daughter, Valjean develops a jealous and protective attachment to her.
Hugo writes that "He protected her, and she gave strength to him. His parents died when he was very young, and his only remaining relative was his widowed sister and her seven children.
DOC would approve. Cooper was editorial counsel at The New Yorker from to He was also even more agile than he was strong, able to easily climb walls. Not so much. Jean Valjean went to bed weary every night, after he ate dinner without ever saying a word.