Study Guide

The Red and the Black Part 2, Chapter 43

By Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

Part 2, Chapter 43

  • Julien awakes from a nap to the feeling of tears falling on his hand. Madame de Rênal is standing over him. She begs him to appeal his conviction.
  • Julien realizes how much he still loves Madame.
  • He agrees to appeal as long as she comes to visit him every day.
  • It turns out that the letter Madame de Rênal sent the Marquis de La Mole about her affair with Julien wasn't actually written by her. A young priest wrote it and made her copy it in her own hand.
  • Madame offers to kill herself if this will make Julien happy. He says he'll only appeal his sentence if she promises not to do this.

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