Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

M. d’Albert

M. d’Albert (dahl-BEHR), a young aesthete, handsome, well-educated, and worldly, who has dreamed of and who seeks an ideal woman. Though Rosette provides for a while an education in love’s delights, she cannot cure his moods of dreamy longing. Théodore both fascinates and troubles d’Albert, who (to Silvio) admits loving a man but a man who is almost certainly a woman in disguise. He is joyously surprised by Madelaine-Rosalind’s offer of a night of love, is transported by the wonderful love itself, and is left astonished at Théodore’s disappearance.


Rosette, his mistress, a pretty and charming young woman prescribed by De C——— as a cure for d’Albert’s vaporish idealism. She is intelligent, witty, and capricious. From the beginning, she stirs d’Albert sexually and, becoming his mistress, delights him with a variety of pleasures. But these soon pall, and she struggles to conquer his boredom and his return to wistful dreaming. Simultaneously in love with the elusive Théodore, Rosette is saddened to learn that the disguised Isnabel is apparently Théodore’s mistress.

Théodore de Sérannes

Théodore de Sérannes (tay-oh-DOHR deh say-RAHN), in reality Mademoiselle Madelaine de Maupin. In disguise, Madelaine appears to be an extremely handsome young man, an...

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