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The Red and the Black Part 1, Chapter 14

By Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

Part 1, Chapter 14

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  • Julien stresses about his friend Fouqé's offer to become business partners. He feels tempted to give up his ambitions and become a semi-wealthy businessman.
  • One day, he kisses Madame de Rênal on the mouth. He and she both know it's reckless, and from that point on, Madame makes sure to have her kids around when she's with him.
  • Julien keeps thinking of new ways to seduce Madame, but none of them come to fruition.
  • One day, Julien tries playing footsies with Madame in front of distinguished company. She disguises his move by dropping some scissors and making the touching look like an accident.
  • Afterward, she orders Julien to be more careful around people.
  • Julien goes to visit his old friend, Father Chélan. It looks like the old priest has finally been forced out of office. He's packing to leave.