Mme de Rênal  

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Mme de Rênal is the female protagonist in the novel The Red and the Black. She is a married woman who falls in love with Julien Sorel. She is older than Julien, see age disparity in sexual relationships.

"Leur bonheur était désormais d'une nature bien supérieure, la flamme qui les dévorait fut plus intense. Ils avaient des transports pleins de folie. Leur bonheur eût paru plus grand aux yeux du monde. Mais ils ne retrouvèrent plus la sérénité délicieuse, la félicité sans nuages, le bonheur facile des premières époques de leurs amours, quand la seule crainte de Mme de Rênal était de n'être pas assez aimée de Julien. Leur bonheur avait quelquefois la physionomie du crime." --Chapter 19 in The Red and the Black
"Their joy was thenceforward of a far higher nature, the flame that devoured them was more intense. They underwent transports of utter madness. Their happiness would have seemed great in the eyes of other people. But they never recaptured the delicious serenity, the unclouded happiness, the spontaneous joy of the first days of their love, when Madame de Renal's one fear was that of not being loved enough by Julien. Their happiness assumed at times the aspect of crime. " --Chapter 19 in The Red and the Black




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