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The Passion Summary
Jeanette Winterson

Everything you need to understand or teach The Passion by Jeanette Winterson.

  • The Passion Summary & Study Guide
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  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
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The Passion Summary

Plot Summary

In The Passion, the young Frenchman Henri, sent to fight in the Napoleonic wars, meets a Venetian woman with webbed feet, Villanelle, in Russia. Together, they flee from the grande armee. Henri falls in love with her, though Villanelle's heart is with another. Henri kills Villanelle's husband and winds up in prison, where Villanelle visits him, eventually bearing his child though refusing to marry him.

As the novel begins, Henri, a new recruit of Napoleon's grande armee, has dreams of serving as a drummer. He is instead assigned the ignoble task of sating the emperor's considerable appetite for spit-roasted chicken. Though disappointed, Henri finds solace in being near the charismatic leader, this despite Napoleon's petulant, grasping behavior. Desperate for fulfillment, Henri wants to believe that Napoleon Bonaparte is worthy of his reputation.

Disillusioned, Henri finds friendship with Domino, a horse keeper who believes in living only for today...

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