Early in the novel, Frédéric compares himself to Young Werther (1774) by Goethe, René (1802) by Chateaubriand, Lara (1824) by Byron, Lélia (1833/1839) by George Sand and Frank of La Coupe et les Lèvres (1832) by Alfred de Musset, popular romantic protagonists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His friend Deslauriers also asks Frédéric to "remember" Rastignac from Balzac's Comédie humaine and in the second part Frédéric asks Mlle Louise Roque if she still has the Don Quixote.
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