In part 1 of the novel Flaubert follows this formula and first creates the character of Emma. It is pointed out that Emma from a realy early age would dream romantic thoughts. Even at the convent she would tell stories full with love affairs, lovers, mistresses, persecuted ladies fainting in lonely country houses, post-riders killed at every relay, horses ridden to death on every page, dark forests, palpitation hearts, vows, sobs, tears and kisses. Emma would bring with her these fantasies to her marriage.
Charles Bovary is a country physician who, after an unhappy first marriage, marries the daughter of a patient. Emma is eager to leave her fathers dirty farm but finds marriage to be less romantic and satisfying than she expected. Charles is not a prince, but a bumbling, aging man. Even when at work
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