"Love is a fault; so be it. Fantine was innocence floating high over fault." Les Miserables, p. 100 Is Fantine at fault for her circumstances? The reader meets Fantine in the company of her devious lover Tholomyes, his three gallivanting friends, and their three fickle, frivolous females. Among them, she is pristine innocence even if plucked from virginal grounding. Where the other women are miffed at Tholomyes and his comrades for deserting them, they seem nonplussed. They move on to other encounters with their own intrigues in mind. Fantine, on the other hand, falls in the chasm left by the earth-shattering reality of trusting the wrong sort of love.