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The Red and the Black Part 2, Chapter 15

By Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

Part 2, Chapter 15

Is it a Conspiracy?

  • Julien paces in his room, wondering if he should go see Mathilde in her room. On the one hand, it's probably a trap. On the other, he'll never have a chance to be with such a beautiful, rich young woman again.
  • He decides to visit Mathilde, but to keep two loaded pistols in his pockets just in case. Then he sends a copy of Mathilde's letter to Fouqé.
  • He spends the rest of the evening looking for some clue of knowledge in the faces of the servants in the house. He can't help but feel that there's a conspiracy against him.
  • Why else would a girl like Mathilde ask him to her room in the middle of the night?