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Can I get a summary of "Boule de Suif"?

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misan | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 26, 2007 at 7:47 AM via web

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Can I get a summary of "Boule de Suif"?

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tal | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 26, 2007 at 8:08 AM (Answer #1)

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Basic summary: 10 French people flee the advancing Prussians during a war. During their retreat, they are held up by a Prussian commander who demands to have sex with the prostitute Boule de Suif, who refuses. As time passes, her companions urge her to give in to the request. Finally, she agrees and the party is allowed to leave, but they scorn Boule de Suif and make her cry, even though she sacrificed to allow them all to leave.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 26, 2010 at 10:45 PM (Answer #3)

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Yes, you may get a summary of this story by Guy de Maupassant. All you need to do is click on the link in the Sources section below. Enotes has not only a summary but also discussions of theme, characters, style, and historical context. You can also read critical analysis of the story and get biographical information about its author. I've added links to a couple of other interesting sites that are also here at enotes. One has a couple of photographs: one of the author and one of soldiers like those in "Boule de Suif."

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