Study Guide

Madame Zilensky in Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories

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Madame Zilensky

While we don't know much for sure about Madame Zilensky, we do know two things: that she's a dedicated composer/music professor, and that she's given to telling tales… like the whopper about "Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland." Though Mr. Brook seems certain she's a pathological liar, it's hard to tell if this elegant odd duck is lying, deluded, or confused. Whatever—he's still half in love with her.

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