Bedtime reading5000 words
The Red And The Black
Book One
CHAPTER 1 A Small Town
The small town of Verrieres might be the prettiest in the French province of Franche-Comete. There are white houses on the side of the hill and the river Doubs flows through the town walls.
When you first come to town, you hear an extremely noisy machine with many hammers. This machine makes many nails every minute. If you ask a local person, they will say, "Ah! That belongs to the mayor."
The mayor always looks like he is on important business, but he seems to have no imagination at all. This man appears to only think about money. This is the mayor, Mr. de Renah
The mayor owns a beautiful house up the street. Next to the house is a nice garden with nice walls. To have nice walls is a way to show your neighbors you should be respected, and Mr. de Renal got some of his walls by buying land. One piece of land belonged to old Sorel. This business was difficult, because Sorel was a tough peasant.
Now Sorel is called Mr. Sorel, because this sale made him very rich. Many people in Verrieres didn't like this deal, and Public Opinion is very important in a small town like Verrieres. This makes life very hard; Public Opinion is almost like despotism in these small towns.

CHAPTER 2 A Mayor
Luckily for Mr. de Renal's popularity as a mayor, the public square needed a new wall. Mr. de Renal needed three trips to Paris to raise enough money because a powerful minister said he would always oppose a wall for the square in Verrieres. The new wall is now very large, regardless of any ministers.
The Mayor's plans are final. When an old army surgeon said that the trees were being cut too much, the Mayor replied, "T like shade, and 1 will have the trees cut for shade. They have no other use, and they don't bring in any money."
"Bringing in money" : this is a very important phrase, for money always solves any argument in Verrieres.
One morning, Mr. de Renal was walking with his wife. Mrs. de Renal, a beautiful woman of thirty, was watching her three boys, Mr. de Renal was talking angrily about a man from Paris, Mr. Appert, who two days ago visited both the prison and the poor house.
"How can this man harm you?" asked his wife. "You ore very honest with the poor."
Mr. de Renal replied, "He will blame people for some-thing, and the liberals will write in the newspaper about it. I'll never forgive the priest for inviting him,"

CHAPTER 3 Care of the Poor
The priest of Verrieres was Father Chelan. He was eighty years old, but still very strong. He had the right to visit the prison and poor house. Mr. Appert had come with a letter from Marquis de La Mole, a noble and a rich landowner. Still, he was very worried. "I'm old and well loved here," he thought, "They wouldn't dare replace me. " The Father decided to take Mr. Appert where he wished to go.
Two days later, Mr. de Renal and the master of die poor house, Mr. Valenod, came to speak with the priest. The priest defended himself, saying, "I've lived here for fifty-six years. Every day I marry young people whose grandparents I married years ago. Verrieres is my family." The Mayor and Mr. Valenod were still angry, though.
"All right, then," said Father Ch6lan. "Remove me from office. My land brings me money. 1 will survive. I am not afraid."
At this time, the Mayor's three sons were becoming difficult. Mr. de Renal had an idea. "I've decided to hire young Sorel to tutor the children. He's almost a priest and knows Latin. I thought perhaps he was a liberal, but Father Chelan says he's a good young man.
"This will make me look good," he continued. "Mr. Valenod has two very nice new horses, but he doesn't have a tutor for his children. We must keep up our social class."
This idea left Mrs. de Renal deep in thought- She was always considered beautiful but simple, Many people had tried to marry her, including Mr. Valenod. Others thought her silly, but she was happy in her simple life. She thought mostly of her children, and she thought her husband was a polite man. Others did too ? when he wasn't speaking of money ? and Mr. de Renal was considered the finest man in Verrieres.

CHAPTER 4 Father and Son
Mr. de Renal went the next morning to Old Sorel. Old Mr. Sorel was very surprised by the Mayor's offer. When Sorel replied, he recited all the words of respect he knew while he tried to think. Why would an important person want to take his good-for-nothing son into his home?
The mayor had a thought. If Sorel was not excited, Mr. Valenod must have had the same idea and made the same offer! Sorel would not agree right then, however. He said he had to talk with his son.
Sorel walked to the mill and called lo his son. Julien did not answer. Sorel did not like his son; he was not strong !ike his brothers. And why was he always reading? Sorel found Julien sitting with a book in his hands. One hit from the father sent the book flying; the second struck Julien right in the face. Julien saw his favorite book in the river, ruined.
Sorel's rough hands seized Julien, and the boy feared a beating. "Answer me without lying," the old peasant said.

CHAPTER 5 Striking a Bargain
"How do you know Mrs. de Renal? When did you speak to her?" Old Sorel shouted, "I've never spoken to her," replied Julien. "I've only seen her at church."
"There's something happening, still," the old peasant said. "But now I'll be rid of you, YouVe going to be Mr. de Rfcnal's tutor."
"I don't want to be a servant. Who will I have my meals with?"
Sorel didn't want to miss this chance to be rid of Julien, but Julien would not eat with the servants. He'd rather run away and join the army. His goals were very high, and being like a servant would end it.
When Sorel spoke to Mr. de Renal again, the subject of meals was settled; Julien would eat with Mr. and Mrs. de Renal. Sorel had an idea to get more money, though.
"We've had a better offer."
Fear of losing his new tutor made the mayor agree to a higher pay for Julien. Having won this small battle, Sorel said, "I'll send my son up to the house," and left.
On his way to the house, Julien thought again about join-ing the church. In his youth he admired Napoleon, but after he saw liberals jailed he began thinking about becoming a priest. He had learned the entire Bible in Latin with Father
Chelan. Julien felt that joining the church would offer him many opportunities. Napoleon becajne famous building a great army, but in this time the church had more power. Now Julien was afraid to become a soldier.
Mis. de Renal was also afraid. She loved her boys dearly, and she wanted no tutor to he mean to them.

CHAPTER 6 Boredom
Mrs. de Renal walked out into her garden and saw a boy with fair skin standing there. He had not rung the hell.
She gently said, "What have you come for, dear?" Julien was so impressed by her beauty that he forgot
everything. Finally he replied, "I've come to tutor here."
This surprised Mrs. de Renal, and she said, "You know Latin, sir?"
Someone so well-dressed had called him sir! "Yes, madam," he said shyly.
She became frightened, "You'll be kind to them, won't you? You won't beat them?"
She was so gentle that Julien's voice became even softer.
"Never fear, madam, I promise to be kind."
As he grew less shy, Julien decided he would kiss Mrs. de Renal's hand. This act might be useful later, he thought. He swore, "I'll never beat your children," and he took her hand and kissed it.
Before she could react, her husband entered the room.
Mr. de Renal did not see anything, and he quickly gave the tutor instructions before the children could see him. "Now, sir ? everyone in this house will call you 'sir' ? you must dress properly. We will go to the tailor before the servants or children see you."
When they returned Julien had a new black suit. Julien thought Mrs. de Renal looked angry, and with his excitement about the new clothes and home he decided to go to his room for a short time.
Mrs. de Renal never told her husband what had happened. This was unusual for her; Mrs* de Renal rarely hid any-thing.
When Julien returned he met his new students and decided to show them what he could do. He gave a copy of the Bible to the oldest child, Adolphe, "Open it to any phrase. Read it and I will recite the rest in Latin until you stop me." The boy read one word and Julicn began reciting as if he was speaking simple French. Mr. de Renal was so proud! He had made an excellent decision.
Even the servants had come out to listen, so Julien continued. He gave the Bible to the youngest child, Stanislas Xavier, and performed again. Mr. de Renal's pride was made complete when Mr. Valenod and Mr. Charcot de Maugiron, the district leader, walked in. By evening the whole town knew of his ability. This show made even Mr. de Renal respect Julien. No one knew that Julien admired Napoleon,

CHAPTER 7 Choices
The children loved Julien, but he thought of other things. He was a good tutor, but he felt only hatred towards the high society he joined. At one dinner, Mr. Valenod was speaking about honesty. How people respected this man who doubled his fortune while running the poor house! Julien had to escape to the garden to hide his true feelings; "Ah! What monsters!" he thought.
While Julien still thought Mrs. de Renal was beautiful, now he hated her because of her beauty. He rarely spoke to her, and he regretted that first day when he kissed her hand. Elisa, Mrs. de Renal's maid, had immediately fallen in love with the young tutor. Mrs. de Renal wondered why he spoke with her so much. She soon learned that Julien had so few clothes that needed Elisa's help to keep them clean and repaired.
Mrs. de Renal began to pity him for what he lacked. This might seem foolish, but while Mrs. de Renal was sensitive, she had no experience of life. Until Julien arrived, she had hardly noticed anyone but her children. Their lives were her life. The men in her life seemed only concerned with money and their social position. She saw that Julien was different, and little by little she became attracted to him.
Once, she thought about how poor he was and she wept. Julien saw this and asked what was wrong.
"Call the children, Julien," she replied, "and we'll go for a walk." She took his arm closely. "I want you to take some money, but please don't tell my husband."
Julien stopped walking and became very angry, "I am not rich, but I am not lowly. I will not hide from Mr. de Renal anything concerning money,"
To apologize, she took Julien and the boys to the book-store in town, even though the owner was known to be a liberal. She purchased books for the children that she knew Julien wanted. Julien was only thinking about the number of books in the store. He didn't think once about Mrs. de Renal, only about how he could read some of those books!
He began planning a way to get Mr. de Rgnal to buy some. He thought of a plan that would bring him the books, and at the same time convinced Mr. de Renal that he, too, feared what the liberals might say. This small battle was won easily, as were many others.
How he hated these rich people! What monsters and what fools! He always privately disagreed with them, but many times he didn't understand their political beliefs.
Mrs. de Renal, however, thought more and more of Julien.

CHAPTER 8 Events
Mrs. de Rgnal's happiness lessened when she thought of her maid, Elisa. The girl had inherited some money and confessed to Father Chelan that she wanted to marry Julien. The priest was delighted for his friend Julien, and was surprised when the tutor refused.
"Be careful," the priest said, "of what you desire. I see strong ambition in you. Seeking fortune is not horrible for common people, but as a member of the church it is a path to Hell."
For the first time in his life, Julien knew someone cared for him. Yet Julien was angry with himself. "Father Chelan thinks I wouldn't make a good" priest. He's the one with whom l must be dishonest, but I failed, he thought.
Mrs. de Renal noticed Elisa's new fortune did not make her happier, and she asked her maid why. At last Elisa talked to her about marriage. For the next few days, Mrs. de Renal felt ill; she thought always of Julien and Elisa's happy new life. She even hated Elisa.
She soon saw that Elisa was more troubled than before. Elisa confessed that Julien had refused her. Mrs. de Renal immediately felt better, but she wanted to try to convince Julien herself.
The next day she spent an hour trying to convince Julien. He refused again and again, and Mrs. de Renal's heart filled with happiness. She suddenly felt ill again. When recovered in her room she asked herself at last: Could I be in love with Julien?
When spring came the family went to the countryside. Mrs. de Renal's happiness only increased, and she began changing her dresses three times a day. She spoke with Julien every day, although always on harmless topics. Soon she brought her cousin, Mrs. Derville, to the house.
Julien felt happy as well. He was away from the public and when Mr. de Renal was away he could read his books without fear. Napoleon said things about women, and Julien now thought the same things boys of his age had thought long before.
One evening Julien was talking with the two young women in the garden, and he accidentally touched the back of Mrs. de Renals hand. She moved it away. Julien decided it
 

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