Antonio (Tony) Falcone
Antonio (Tony) Falcone (fahl-KOHN), a thirty-three-year-old man who is arrested and tried for poisoning his wife, Gisèle. As three officials question him, he reveals the relevant facts of his life. He is proud to have established his own business selling and repairing agricultural equipment. A devoted family man, he appreciates his wife’s homemaking, takes his daughter to church on Sundays, visits his aged father regularly, and vacations with his family at the seaside. Tony also takes advantage of sexual opportunities. To him and the women involved, these encounters are isolated incidents that entail no obligations. He maintains this attitude during his passionate affair with Andrée Despierre. She, however, is determined to marry Tony, even though he wants to end their relationship. Andrée murders her husband and Tony’s wife, and both she and Tony are sent to prison for life.
Andrée Formier Despierre
Andrée Formier Despierre (ahn-DRAY fohr-MYAY day-PYEHR), the daughter of a local hero, Dr. Formier. She lives with her mother in the chateau in Saint Justin. They are proud provincial bourgeoises who have fallen on hard times; it is obvious that she marries Nicholas Despierre for money. Andrée is a tall, attractive woman, with dark hair that contrasts with her white, translucent complexion. Revealing her sexual aggressiveness, she initiates an affair with Tony Falcone. During their eight meetings at...
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