Marie Cardinal's La Clé Sur La Porte
English Summary for A-Level

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What This Document is For

Marie Cardinal's 'La Clé Sur La Porte' was a French A level text in the AQA syllabus for exam in 2001. These notes were written to help in the paper 1 literature exam, however they still may be useful for anyone studying the novel.

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This document, far from being perfect, was written by a student asked to do a summary on the book. Rather than write it out on paper it was typed out and put online. If you spot any errors then please drop me a line at

Thanks to 'nipkow' for pointing out an error in the first section, thanks also to 'S. Reid' for pointing out a mistake in the ninth section and thanks to 'A. Organ' for pointing out errors in section four.

Other Resources

You may also be interested in the Essay theme notes in French which are also available on this site.

How This Document is Organised

Marie Cardinal's 'La Clé Sur La Porte' is not written in chapters and so for the purposes of finding the desired part of the novel, it has been divided into subtitled sections. These are listed below.