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J.C edited the summary of Madame Bovary Friday, April 12, 2013.
A young woman of modest means is stuck in a social-climber type of situation with Love. First she aspires to be loved and taken away (which really points out the limited choices for women at the time), and she is courted by a a Doctor who becomes smitten, and marries her. His love is pure and complete and to her , boring. She craves the life and to be loved like women in the books she has read, or the way she imagines the more wealthy live. She longs to be loved with passion and romance and intrigue. There are at least two guys to oblige. One, not much wealthier, but more imaginative and passionate--they have intrigue and secrecy, etc. Then, a nobleman playboy who sees she is ripe for the plucking, and who utterly seduced her and enjoys and uses her, playing on and inflaming her need for the illusory world of wealth and passion and intrigue. After a while he tires of her . . .In a way this is the classic social climber situation, but she is trying to climb up Love (instead of simply wealth), instead of being honest and true to where she is, she mucks it all up. It seems if she had a trusted woman friend, or if she were honest with her husband, or put away her 1st world problems, she 'd be a lot less miserable.
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