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Warning There are a few spelling errorsIt is only with the heart that one can see rightly what is essential is invisible to the eye What is essential is invisible to the eye the little prince repeated so that he would be sure to remember -- Antoine de Saint-Exupry The Little Prince The ending of Stendhals The Red the Black is obscure Julien Sorel is sentenced to death by guillotine for the crime of attempting to murder Mme de Rnal his former mistress During his trial Julien has the sympathy of the town and powerful figures of influence behind him he could quite easily change the verdict of trial by simply claiming his act was a crime of passion Yet Julien stubbornly insists from the moment of the offense until the day of his death that his crime was utterly premeditated and he deserves nothing short of death The details of the crime are nebulous Throughout his life Julien devoted all his energy to perfecting his outward behavior in order to transcend humble peasant beginnings and achieve fame wealth and social status On the very brink of achieving his goal he had acquired estates a title the rank of lieutenant of the Hussars a letter from Mme de Rnal accusing him of deliberately seducing her threatens to unravel Juliens carefully wrought future After being informed of the letter Julien leaves suddenly for Verrires buys a pair of pistols and shoots Mme de Rnal in the middle of Mass In the time between reading the letter and the shooting the reader hears none of Juliens usually prevalent inner monologues nor does he receive any commentary by the narrator All that is given are a few objective details 1 Julien fails an attempt to write a legible letter and 2 Julien has a difficult time communicating with the gunsmith These facts indicate that Julien was in no rational state but the very sparsity of information leaves
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