Study Guide

The Red and the Black Part 2, Chapter 26

By Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

Part 2, Chapter 26

Love of a Moral Sort

  • Whenever Madame de Fervaques visits the de La Mole house, Julien always makes sure to seat himself in the place that makes Madame look most beautiful.
  • Whenever he speaks to Madame, it is only to make Mathilde jealous.
  • Julien then starts sending Madame letters, always hand-delivering them on horseback and looking sad like a doomed lover from a romance novel.
  • At first, it looks like the letters have no effect. But the narrator tells us that Madame Fervaques has an improved opinion of Julien now that he's paying a lot of attention to her.