Madame Bovary | Study Guide

Gustave Flaubert

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Part 1, Chapters 1–3 In Part 1, Chapter 1, Charles Bovary is a new student in his class. He is described by the narrator as "a country lad, a... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 4–6 Part 1, Chapter 4 opens by describing the many guests who attend the wedding, a procession that leads through the fields... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 7–9 In Part 1, Chapter 7, Emma wishes for a confidante in which to confide her "elusive malaise" about her marriage. Her att... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 1–3 As Part 2 begins Emma and Charles move to Yonville L'Abbaye, characterized by the narrator as a "sleepy market-town." Th... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 4–6 The season grows colder in Part 2, Chapter 4, and Emma begins to sit in her armchair every day to watch the village peop... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 7–9 Part 2, Chapter 7 opens the day after Léon departs as Emma mourns his absence. She feels a similar "dull melancholy" tha... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 10–12 In Part 2, Chapter 10, Emma grows paranoid after Rodolphe's warning, because she fears that if they are caught his love ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 13–15 Back at his estate in Part 2, Chapter 13, Rodolphe tries to write Emma a letter explaining himself. He looks over their ... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 1–3 In Part 3, Chapter 1, readers learn that Léon still thinks of Emma often, and seeing her again has flamed his passion. H... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 4–6 In Part 3, Chapter 4, Léon grows preoccupied by thoughts of Emma and returns to Yonville, prowling around her house. The... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 7–8 In Part 3, Chapter 7, the bailiff arrives the next day and begins inventorying the Bovary home. Emma is able to distract... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 9–11 In Book 3, Chapter 9, Charles, after much persuading, makes plans for Emma's funeral. Everyone is shocked at the romanti... Read More
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