1. When is the novel written and what time period serves as the novel's setting?
The novel was written in 1902. It was set in the last few years of the 19th century, or the late 1800s.
2. Who is the letter written to that outlines the story and who wrote the letter?
The letter was written by one of Michel's friends to his own brother identified as Monsieur D. R.
3. Why does Michel marry Marceline?
Michel marries Marceline to fulfill his dying father's wish. His father did not want Michel to be alone and asked him to marry Marceline.
4. Discuss Michel's life and interests following the death of his mother at age 15.
After the death of his mother at age 15, Michel became devoted to his father's Greek and Latin studies. Michel lived the sheltered life of a scholar and did not have many interests outside of academia.
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