A timid, shy man who nevertheless becomes a successful colonel under Napoleon. He believes he was “saved” by Thenardier at Waterloo, though in fact Thenardier merely was trying to rob the corpses on the battlefield. He marries Gillenormand’s daughter and they have a son, Marius, but Gillenormand doesn’t approve of the colonel’s politics and so prevents him from seeing his son. Only after his death does the colonel become Marius’s hero.
The timeline below shows where the character Georges Pontmercy appears in Les Miserables. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Volume 2, Book 1: Waterloo
Volume 3, Book 3: The Grandfather and the Grandson
...next evening. A woman answers the door, weeping, and points him towards a ground-floor room. Pontmercy had been attacked by brain fever three days previously, and he has just died; his... (full context)
Volume 3, Book 4: The Friends of the ABC
Volume 3, Book 8: The Wicked Poor Man