Miss Elizabeth Rousset (Ball-of-Fat)
Miss Rousset, the story’s protagonist, is a young woman who works as a prostitute. Her nickname is Ball-of-Fat, due to her robust figure. Passionate and patriotic, Miss Rousset chooses to leave her home in Rouen… read analysis of Miss Elizabeth Rousset (Ball-of-Fat)
Mr. Loiseau is a crass, lower-middle class wine merchant from Rouen who is traveling in the carriage to Havre. He sells “bad wine at a good price,” and he has two principal interests: making a… read analysis of Mr. Loiseau
Mr. Carré-Lamadon is a rich cotton merchant traveling to Havre in the carriage. With a beautiful young wife, plenty of money, and a few titles, he is perfectly comfortable financially and thus he is a… read analysis of Mr. Carré-Lamadon
Count Hubert de Bréville
Count Hubert de Breville is the wealthiest among the travelers in the carriage to Havre. With one of the most “ancient and noble” names in Normandy, this man has been (and will be rich) for… read analysis of Count Hubert de Bréville
Countess Hubert de Bréville
Cornudet, a traveler in the carriage to Havre, is a ruddy, red-bearded French democrat. He is the only single man traveling from Rouen to Havre, and the only politician, openly opposing Napoleonic imperialist rule… read analysis of Cornudet
The German Commander
This unnamed Prussian officer is the story’s antagonist, as he holds the French traveling party hostage at an inn in Tôtes until Miss Rousset agrees to sleep with him. He is young, gawky, and off-putting… read analysis of The German Commander
The Two Nuns
The two nuns in “Boule de Suif” are unassuming and demure women of faith who are riding in the carriage from Rouen to Havre. Both women spend much of their time with their heads bent… read analysis of The Two Nuns
Mr. Follenvie is the heavy-breathing owner of the inn in Tôtes. He always has the unpleasant task of communicating between the travelers and the Prussian officer.
Mr. Follenvie’s wife, who dines with the travelers on their first night and talks brashly and honestly about the Prussian occupying soldiers.