This book is phenomenal. It's totally worth reading for Hugo's satirical tone of voice and his breaking the fourth wall alone. It makes for quite an unusual Gothic read...and yet it is one.
"The physician, to whom the soldiers of the watch had carried him at the first moment, had feared for his life during the space of a week, and had even told him so in Latin. But youth had gained the upper hand; and, as frequently happens, in spite of prognostications and diagnoses, nature had amused herself by saving the sick man under the physician's very nose."