[COMPLETE] The Red and the Black, by Stendhal - ans

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Sections 18 and 19 are okay.
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Sections 20-22 are okay.
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PL of section 23 is okay.
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Sections 24 and 25 are okay.
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Sections 26 and 27 are fine.
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I have uploaded section 29: https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/redandtheblack_29_stendhal_128kb.mp3 (33:47)

In the brief dialog between the masons, references to "the other" are presumably guarded (because at this time they are "politically incorrect") references to Napoleon.
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Sections 28 and 29 are okay.
I didn’t understand the reference of the numbers next to Julian’s name on the exam list.
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Sunrise2020 wrote: December 12th, 2023, 7:28 am Sections 28 and 29 are okay.
I didn’t understand the reference of the numbers next to Julian’s name on the exam list.
Thanks Susanne,

Here's the key passage relating to the issue of Julian's exam mark:

The time for the examination arrived. Julien answered brilliantly. He saw that Chazel endeavoured to exhibit all his knowledge. On the first day the examiners, nominated by the famous Grand Vicar de Frilair, were very irritated at always having to put first, or at any rate second, on their list, that Julien Sorel, who had been designated to them as the Benjamin of the Abbé Pirard. There were bets in the seminary that Julien would come out first in the final list of the examination, a privilege which carried with it the honour of dining with my Lord Bishop. But at the end of a sitting, dealing with the fathers of the Church, an adroit examiner, having first interrogated Julien on Saint Jerome and his passion for Cicero, went on to speak about Horace, Virgil and other profane authors. Julien had learnt by heart a great number of passages from these authors without his comrades’ knowledge. Swept away by his successes, he forgot the place where he was, and recited in paraphrase with spirit several odes of Horace at the repeated request of the examiner. Having for twenty minutes given him enough rope to hang himself, the examiner changed his expression, and bitterly reproached him for the time he had wasted on these profane studies, and the useless or criminal ideas which he had got into his head.

“I am a fool, sir. You are right,” said Julien modestly, realising the adroit stratagem of which he was the victim.

This examiner’s dodge was considered dirty, even at the seminary, but this did not prevent the abbé de Frilair, that adroit individual who had so cleverly organised the machinery of the Besançon congregation, and whose despatches to Paris put fear into the hearts of judges, prefect, and even the generals of the garrison, from placing with his powerful hand the number 198 against Julien’s name.


Basically, the examiners could see that Julien was faring very well in the exams, and one of them, "an adroit examiner", decided to trip Julien up by setting a trap for him. He invited Julien to speak at length about non-church authors such as Horace and Virgil. Julien did so, so then the examiner accused him of having wasted his time on studying non-church authors. It seems that students in these exams were not given an absolute mark, such as they might get in a modern exam system, but rather a ranking showing their standing in relation to all the other students. We understand (I'm going from memory here) that there are three hundred or so students in this seminary. Julien's ranking following the exams is "198", meaning the examiners have determined that 197 students did better than he did. Essentially, he has been placed somewhere in the bottom half — all because he fell into a trap set maliciously by one of the examiners.

I have uploaded:
Section 32: https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/redandtheblack_32_stendhal_128kb.mp3 (17:14)
Section 33: https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/redandtheblack_33_stendhal_128kb.mp3 (7:17)
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