Boule de Suif

by

Guy de Maupassant

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Mr. Carré-Lamadon Character Analysis

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 supporter of the status quo. He is a member of the Legion of Honor, but this is an empty label, as he never fought in the war and he favors economic interests over patriotism. Mr. Carré-Lamadon has neither the grand superiority of the Count nor the brash honesty of Mr. Loiseau; like his financial standing, he sits right in the middle. In this way, Mr. Carré-Lamadon is not an antagonist in any scene in “Boule de Suif,” but he does go along with the other two married couples in their plan to convince Miss Rousset to sleep with the officer. His ineffectual presence symbolizes the complacency of the middle-class even as others suffer.

Mr. Carré-Lamadon Quotes in Boule de Suif

The Boule de Suif quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Carré-Lamadon or refer to Mr. Carré-Lamadon. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Thrift Editions edition of Boule de Suif published in 1992.
Boule de Suif Quotes

The three men installed their wives at the back [of the carriage] and then followed them. Then the other forms, undecided and veiled, took in their turn the last places without exchanging a word.

Page Number: 5
Explanation and Analysis:

These six persons formed the foundation of the carriage company, the society side, serene and strong, honest, established people, who had both religion and principle.

Page Number: 6
Explanation and Analysis:

They found themselves in a square […] where they perceived some Prussian soldiers. The first one they saw was paring potatoes. The second, further off, was cleaning the hairdresser’s shop. Another, bearded to the eyes, was tending a troublesome brat, cradling it and trying to appease it […]. One of them was even washing the linen of his hostess, an impotent old grandmother […]. Loiseau had a joke for the occasion: “They will repopulate the land!”

Page Number: 17
Explanation and Analysis:

The three men mounted the staircase and were introduced to the best room of the inn, where the officer received them, stretched out in an armchair, his feet on the mantelpiece, smoking a long, porcelain pipe, and enveloped in a flamboyant dressing-gown, appropriated, without doubt, from some dwelling belonging to a common citizen of bad taste. He did not rise, nor greet them in any way, not even looking at them.

Page Number: 19
Explanation and Analysis:

The breakfast was very doleful; and it became apparent that a coldness had arisen toward Ball-of-Fat, and that the night, which brings counsel, had slightly modified their judgements. They almost wished now that the Prussian has secretly found this girl, in order to give her companions a pleasant surprise in the morning. What could be more simple? Besides, who would know anything about it? She could save appearances by telling the officer that she took pity on their distress. To her, it would make little difference!

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Mr. Carré-Lamadon Character Timeline in Boule de Suif

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Carré-Lamadon appears in Boule de Suif. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...other and comment that they are also bringing their wives. These men are Mr. Loiseau, Mr. Carré-Lamadon , and Count Hubert de Breville. All three determine that they will not be returning... (full context)
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...has caused, such as losing cattle and crops (although he’ll hardly feel the financial loss). Mr. Carré-Lamadon talks about large amount of money he has stashed away as a reserve. Mr. Loiseau,... (full context)
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...now looks as though they’ll be lucky to make it there by nightfall. Mr. Loiseau, Mr. Carré-Lamadon , and Count Hubert expect to find some small eating-house or bar, but the Prussian... (full context)
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At this point, Mr. Carré-Lamadon and Mrs. Carré-Lamadon and the Count and Countess are in total agony—they can’t believe that... (full context)
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The two nuns obey the order first, followed by the Count and Countess, then Mr. Carré-Lamadon and Mrs. Carré-Lamadon then Mr. Loiseau and Mr. Loiseau. Mr. Loiseau greets the officer, who... (full context)
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...is not prepared. They are certain they told the driver eight o’clock; mystified, Mr. Loiseau, Mr. Carré-Lamadon , and the Count walk into town to try to sort it out. In town,... (full context)
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...not to let the group go. The Count requests to see the commander; he and Mr. Carré-Lamadon attempt to leverage their status and their titles for a meeting. The officer says he... (full context)
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When the Prussian officer finally receives the Count, Mr. Carré-Lamadon , and Mr. Loiseau, the officer has his feet up on his desk, he is... (full context)
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...green,” and he tells the others about Miss Rousset’s rejection of Cornudet. The Count and Mr. Carré-Lamadon double over in laughter. (full context)