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The Red and the Black Part 2, Chapter 42

By Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

Part 2, Chapter 42

  • Julien returns to prison and goes into a cell reserved for people on death row. So yeah, the trial didn't work out so well.
  • He can't help but think of what a bright future he's wasting, and he gives into despair. In three days, he'll have his head chopped off.
  • Mathilde comes in and starts talking about his appeal, but he says he has no intention of appealing.
  • His lawyer visits again, and he gets the guy to go away by saying that he's willing to consider an appeal.