Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
French countryside. The landscape beyond the village is rural, a mixture of fields and woods. In winter, when the reader is first introduced to the area, it is bleak and deserted. In fact, Meaulnes is almost literally in the dark as most of his journey to and from the domain occurs either in the late afternoon or at night. Emphasis is placed on the emptiness and the difficulty of traveling; it is an inward-turning landscape. The summer landscape consists of green woodland, clear streams, and dusty roads, where people hunt and swim, cycle or walk, an outward-looking landscape. It is significant that while Meaulnes first discovered the lost domain in the depths of winter, it is only relocated in the height of summer.
Les Sablonnières (lay sah-blawn-NYEHR). Estate of the de Galais family, comprising a house, outbuildings, and gardens, built around a courtyard, mirroring the layout of the school at Sainte-Agathe. Augustin Meaulnes discovers it when he becomes hopelessly lost in the country lanes beyond Saint-Agathe. His first view of the estate is of the spire of a turret rising above the trees, and Meaulnes assumes that it is an abandoned manor house. Closer inspection reveals that while the outbuildings and garden are run-down and derelict, the main house is nonetheless still inhabited and, unusually for winter, preparing for a festival. The freedom afforded by the festival enables Meaulnes to explore the entire domain and to meet Yvonne de Galais, the daughter of the house. When Meaulnes finally returns to Les Sablonnières to propose marriage to Yvonne de Galais, he finds that the estate is much smaller, the land having been sold to pay debts incurred by Frantz de Galais.
*Paris. Capital of France to which Meaulnes goes in his quest to find Yvonne de Galais after finishing his schooling at Sainte-Agathe. There he looks for an address given to him by Yvonne’s brother. The house he finds is closed up, and he does not see her. Meaulnes later returns to Paris to locate Valentine Blondeau, Frantz’s fiancé, who lives close to Notre-Dame.
Le Vieux-Nançay (luh vyuh-nawn-SAY). Village that Seurel describes as his favorite place in the world; however, his description concentrates on one building: the shop kept by his uncle at the edge of the town. Also, although Seurel only discovers this after Meaulnes has left, the village is close to Meaulnes’s mysterious domain.
La Ferté d’Angillon (lah fer-TAY DAHN-yohn). Small village where Augustin Meaulnes lives with his widowed mother. Seurel visits it for the first time as an adult, having cycled from Sainte-Agathe, and his description of it is notable for including details of the village itself, rather than concentrating on the house’s interiors.
Saint-Benoist-des-Champs (sah[n]-ben-wahst-day-SHAN). Hamlet whose school stands isolated at the crossroads, this is where Seurel is appointed schoolmaster. It is also within an hour’s walk of Les Sablonnières, where Seurel visits Yvonne de Galais regularly. After her death, he lives at the domain and walks to the school.