Study Guide

The Red and the Black Part 2, Chapter 12

By Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

Part 2, Chapter 12

Will He Be Another Danton?

  • Mathilde praises Julien in front of her brother and Croisenois, the guy who wants to marry her. They tell her to be careful, since people like Julien would have them all killed if they had their way.
  • Pretty soon, all the young men around the de La Mole house band together to destroy Mathilde's opinion of Julien.
  • One day, Julien follows Mathilde and the group of young men into the garden and hears Mathilde passionately defending him. Now he knows there must be something between them.