Villette - Chapter 14, The Fete Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 14, The Fete Summary

The summer is a pleasant time at Rue Fossette. Many classes are held outdoors, and there are many saints' days to celebrate. The most important fete, or party, of the season is Madame Beck's birthday. Zylie St. Pierre is in charge of planning the party. The fete involves the presentation of the gift, a feast, a play and a dance and supper. The play is the most important part of the evening, and both teachers and students take roles. M. Paul Emanuel, the professor of literature, is the director of the play. Lucy does not know M. Paul, but she has seen him. The students often talk about him. He is intimidating, plain looking and demanding of his students.

The morning of the party begins slowly, with students and teachers eating breakfast in their dressing gowns and curlers, and later that morning, the...

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