Fantine is a fictional character in Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Misérables. She is a young grisette in Paris who becomes pregnant by a rich student. After he abandons her, she is forced to look after her child, Cosette, on her own. Originally a pretty and naive girl, she is eventually forced by circumstances to become a prostitute, selling her hair and front teeth, losing her good looks and health. The money she earns is sent to support her daughter.