Hippolyte and Marie contrast one another greatly, but after being together they appear to change each other for the better.
Marie lives a rigid life in the sense that she is always professional. Her apartment is pristine to the extent of her books being organized in alphabetical order by author’s last name and her closet was filled with solely work clothes. Marie lacked imperfection in her life, everything for her was just too perfect. She also was more modern than Hippolyte, as she integrated new technology into her life and her job. Marie portrayed a typical New York “uptown girl” whom I picture to look something like Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl.
Hippolyte is precisely the opposite of Marie, with no rigidity in his life and a free spirited type of lifestyle. Hippolyte did whatever he wanted to do, and that never was anything within the norms of the society around him. Hippolyte stood out to the people around him because of how carefree he was and also because of the outdated technology he was dedicated to using. In my opinion, Hippolyte looks similar to Richard Dreyfuss as Hooper in Jaws with a rugged sailor style, but also educated.
However, when the two met and got to know one another, they appeared to rub off a bit on the other person. Marie went on to travelling for leisure, something she had never really done before. The idea of her taking vacation at all from work shocked her fellow employees, as she had never taken leave for personal purposes before. Marie even changed her attire while she was away, stepping out of the comfort of her business suits to putting on something more casual. The relationship between Hippolyte and Marie demonstrates that even though people may be polar opposites, they can still find a way to work together and influence another person. Marie constantly tried to make Hippolyte’s book the best it could be, regardless of how annoying or disheveled he appeared to be. Although Hippolyte was still all over the place and childlike, Marie was able to keep most of his focus on the book and introduce him to a more modern world.