Book of Answers: The Red and the Black

“In The Red and the Black, what do the colors stand for? In Stendahl’s 1830 novel, the red refers to Napoleon’s colors or the military life, the black to the clergy or religious life.”

Excerpted from: Corey, Melinda, and George Ochoa. Literature: The New York Public Library Book of Answers. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.

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