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The Red and the Black Part 2, Chapter 37

By Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

Part 2, Chapter 37

The Tower

  • 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.