Who is the antagonist and protagonist in "A Piece of String" by Guy de Maupassant?

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To the extent that those terms apply to this story, it's clear that Maître Hauchecome can be thought of as the protagonist, and Maître Malandain, who evidently accused Hauchecome of picking up the pocket book, is the antagonist. Since Hauchecome is the center of the story, readers tend to sympathize with him.

I'm not so sure that either of these characters fulfill the qualities of "hero" or "villain," however. Hauchecome is wrongfully accused, but it is his own greed (or "economy," like a "true Norman") that causes him to pick up...

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