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 and excited for the return of a French Republic. Maupassant shows, though, that although Cornudet is supposed to have a revolutionary mindset, he is still opportunistic and selfish like many of the others. He did assist in building defenses around Rouen, but then he retreated into the city as soon as the Prussians came (he never fought). He loves to drink and talk politics, but he has never really sacrificed anything for his country. He neither stands up for Miss Rousset nor shares food in the carriage with her once the trip recommences. Ultimately, Cornudet is a narcissistic character, full of hot air.
Cornudet Character Timeline in Boule de Suif
The timeline below shows where the character Cornudet appears in Boule de Suif. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Boule de Suif
...lung disease. Besides these nuns, there are two single travelers: a man and a woman, Cornudet and Miss Elizabeth Rousset. Cornudet is immediately identified as a democrat, angering and irritating the... (full context)
...who looks right through him. Although they are closest to the door, Miss Rousset and Cornudet leave the carriage last. Miss Rousset is dismayed and even a little “disgusted” at her... (full context)
...a point about how countries, when at war, treat soldiers “as if they were game.” Cornudet and Mrs. Follenvie agree on something substantial: that the kings and rulers of empire who... (full context)
...that the Prussian officer wants to sleep with her. The group responds with total indignation. Cornudet even breaks his glass. But the next morning, everyone’s shock has worn off and the... (full context)