Study Guide

The Red and the Black Part 1, Chapter 27

By Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

Part 1, Chapter 27

First Experience of Life

  • Julien goes around flashing his knowledge and intelligence so freely that people start to nickname him Martin Luther, after the man who read the Bible very closely and helped create Protestantism as a breakoff from Catholicism.
  • In other words, the other students question Julien's loyalty to the "true" faith of Catholicism.
  • On several occasions, Julien's classmates try to beat him up. But he has a metal tool he uses as a weapon and he keeps fending them off.