Villette - Chapter 30, M. Paul Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 30, M. Paul Summary

Lucy assures the reader that M. Paul does not change after this confrontation on his birthday. He continues to be as tyrannical as Napoleon. When a teacher, Madame Panache, will not change her methods to match what M. Paul would like, he storms and fusses until she leaves the school. Lucy hints that this was not right, since the woman was not a bad teacher or person. Later, when he hears that Madame Panache is not able to find a position, M. Paul works hard to find one for her, but he does not react well when she comes by to thank him.

When M. Paul learns that Lucy has an educational deficiency in arithmetic, he takes it on himself to instruct her. When she is frustrated and struggling to learn, he is kind and encouraging, but once she learns and begins to...

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