Julien's old friend Father Chélan visits him. The man calls him a monster.
His old buddy Fouqé comes and tells him he has a good chance of avoiding the death penalty in court, since Madame de Rênal survived. Fouqé also offers to sell everything he owns to bribe Julien's way out of prison.
Nonetheless, Julien tells every lawyer who visits him that he tried to kill Madame and that it was premeditated. If he lied, he could probably get off. But he won't.