Study Guide

The Red and the Black Part 2, Chapter 39

By Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

Part 2, Chapter 39

Plotting

  • Mathilde runs all over town pleading Julien's case. But no matter what she does for him, all he can feel toward her is indifference. It sounds like he's really checked out from the hotel of life.
  • The next time Mathilde visits him, Julien says that he would like Madame de RĂȘnal to look after their child growing up. You can imagine how this goes over with Mathilde.
  • Julien tries to cheer Mathilde up by saying that she still has time to hide her scandal and to marry a successful young man in Paris.