Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 433
Maria Chapdelaine is the main character of the story. She's a young, modest French Canadian girl who comes home to her family after a month away. Three men are interested in her; she's in love with François. When he dies, she can't stand the idea of having to marry someone else or staying in the wilderness. She decides to marry a man from the city; after her mother's death, however, she changes her mind and chooses to marry a man more like her father.
Samuel Chapdelaine is Maria's father. He's worked his whole adult life to clear their farm and scrape a life from the wilderness. He's a strong, faithful man who loves his wife and daughter. He encourages her to move on from her fiancé's death and choose someone new to live with and love. He has built five farms up in his life.
Laura Chapdelaine is Maria's mother and Samuel's wife. She's a hard-working and straightforward woman who has the love of her husband and the respect of her community. After she dies, her husband speaks to Maria of how hard Laura worked and how cheerfully she managed the land during their first years of married life. He tells her how she fought off bears to save a sheep.
François Paradis is Maria's suitor that she falls in love with. His father died and he gave up the farm, sold it, and changed to fur trapping or trading with the Indian tribes. After he engages himself to Maria, he leaves for the winter. Trying to get to her for a visit, he dies in the wilderness.
Eutrope Gagnon is a neighbor to the Chapdelaine family. He and his brother have been working to build up their farmstead. He's a modest man who isn't able to express his feelings to Maria. He says that if she marries him, they'll work hard together and he'll toil all day to improve their lives. When Maria's mother is sick, he walks a long distance to bring help. Maria agrees to marry him in the end.
Lorenzo Surprenant is a Canadian who moved to Maine and then Massachusetts. He talks about city life and tries to convince Maria that she'll be happier there. He works in a factory. Maria thinks about marrying him for a while but changes her mind after her mother dies. He says the idea of having a farm and land does not entice him.
Tit'Sebe of St. Felicien is the bone-setter that Eutrope goes to bring to Maria's mother. He stays to try to help her but is unsuccessful.
Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 254
Maria Chapdelaine (mahr-YAH shahp-deh-LEHN ), a French-Canadian farm girl....
(The entire section contains 687 words.)
Unlock This Study Guide Now
Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this Maria Chapdelaine study guide. You'll get access to all of the Maria Chapdelaine content, as well as access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.
- Critical Essays