Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Countess Aurelia

Countess Aurelia (oh-ray-LYAH), the Madwoman of Chaillot (shah-YOH). Living eternally in the moment when her life was loveliest, and as champion of beauty and of the gentle people of Paris, she is confronted, at a sidewalk café, with the brutal forces of materialism in the form of a syndicate preparing to drill for oil beneath the streets. Realizing that justice, as it is ordinarily understood, will be powerless against the destroyers of beauty, she forms and carries out, with the help of her gentle friends, a plan to annihilate the financiers. With the materialists gone, all the manifestations of spring return to the world. The Madwoman is thanked by all for saving humanity from its exploiters.

Mme Constance

Mme Constance (koh[n]-STAHNS), the Madwoman of Passy (pah-SEE),

Mlle Gabrielle

Mlle Gabrielle (gay-BRYEHL), the Madwoman of St. Sulpice, and

Mme Josephine

Mme Josephine (zhoh-zay-FEEN), the Madwoman of la Concorde (koh[n]-KOHRD), Countess Aurelia’s gentle compatriots, who form a tribunal for a fair trial of the materialists, whom they find guilty on all charges.

The Ragpicker

The Ragpicker, one...

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