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Thus she decides to struggle for her personal freedom and a life of her own in which she can do as she pleases. It seems that Edna is only a valuable possession for her husband collection and not an individual human being. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her p. What are you doing out here, Edna?

He had walked up with Madame Lebrun and left her at the house. His wife did not reply. Pontellier from within, after a few moments had gone by. You must come into the house instantly.

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Pontellier uses high intonation, Edna still does not just go in and adhere to the command of her husband. Her persistence has made Mr. Pontellier exercise his power to forbid her from staying outside and order her to get into the house.

This incident might be trivial but the triviality and the power being exercised emphasize the inequal power relation between the contemporary husband and wife. This kind of rejection continues to take place in many occasions, such as when Mr. Ponteliier just coming from working, he asks Edna to see one of their boys in his room because he is quite sure that their boy has fever.

However, Edna rejects her husband command and says that their boy is perfectly well when he goes to bed. Pontellier returned to his wife with the information that Raoul had a high fever and needed looking after. Then he lit a cigar and went and sat near the open door to smoke it. Pontellier was quite sure Raoul had no fever. He had gone to bed perfectly well, she said, and nothing had ailed him all day. She perceived that her will had blazed up, stubborn and resistant.

She could not at that moment have done other than denied and resisted. She wondered if her husband had ever spoken to her like that before, and if 4 porch hammock 9 she had submitted to his command. Of course she had; she remembered that she had. But she could not realize why or how she should yielded, feeling as she then did.

She binds to her husband and she has to always conform to him. Furthermore, when she is vacationing at Grand Isle with her family, she develops a close relationship to Robert Lebrun, a younger single man, whose mother owns the resorts at Grand Isle. Edna and Robert spend their time together; they walk together and exchange long and pleasurable conversations. Edna enjoys their togetherness and begins to develop romantic feeling to Robert.

She is no longer showing her attention to their children; she becomes ignorant. If one of the little Pontellier boys took a tumble whilst at play, he was not apt to rush crying to his mother's arm for comfort; he would more likely pick himself up, wipe the water out of his eyes and the sand out of his mouth, and go on playing. Pontellier was not a mother-woman.

The mother- women seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle. It was easy to know them, fluttering about with extended, protecting wings when any harm, real or imaginary, threatened their precious brood. They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.

It was the first time she had admitted it, and a glow overspread her face, blotching it with red spots.

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Therefore, through the ways Edna escapes from her limitations as a nineteenth century American woman, Edna is depicted as a rebel. Pontellier, who is originally a Creole. Coming from a non-Creole family, caused Edna feels little bit strange with this community.

She is not able to adapt and blend into this community; hence it leads her to feel unhappy with her current social position. Pontellier, though she had married a Creole, was not thoroughly at home in the society of Creoles; never before had she been thrown so intimately among them p.

In comparison, both novels represent women who are discontented with their life, especially their marital life. Both main female characters, as previously elaborated, are married and dissatisfied with their lives after marriage although the primary causes of this dissatisfaction is different in each. Similarly, both act against the common social prescription of gender. They both nearly abandon their marriage and current family to pursue their self determination.

The escape route being taken is also similar — that they are engaged in extramarital love affairs. These similarities cannot be simply taken for granted. While this study will not go as far as arguing that Chopin as a writer is highly influenced by Flaubert, it can be argued that in the 19th century, both in America and France, the norms applied in regards to marriage and womanhood are more or less similar as they are represented in both novels under study. Both women are main characters, who are the centers of the story.

This signifies that their deeds are the spring of plot development. The world in the story revolves around them. When a story is considered as an echo of life and a means of didactic method to the contemporary society, it can mean that this case of women dissatisfaction with contemporary 19th idea of womanhood and class is real and people have to learn from the lives of these characters.

Yet, while Flaubert dooms the romantic love pursuit of Emma, Chopin tends to portray the liberty of Edna in her pursuit of freedom despite the social pressure. Emma is willing to do anything to get what she desires without considering the feeling of the people around her, especially her husband and her daughter.

It seems that Emma is already blinded by her own romantic pursuit. She is more or less looking for sexual satisfaction from her lovers. Edna Pontellier moreover, she is still able to control herself than Emma. Initially, when Edna is engaged in affairs, she is aiming to find the figure of man who understands her individual rights.

In building the relationship she is not only looking for sexual desire. It is a very unusual attitude to love and sex, it can be said a masculine one, because women usually connect tightly the relationship and sex, while men are able to detach these two. She feels she does not fit them, in terms of the ways of thinking and the lifestyle.

A characteristic which distinguished them and which impressed Mrs. Pontellier most forcibly was their entire absence of prudery. Their freedom of expression was at first incomprehensible to her, though she had no difficulty in reconciling it with a lofty chastity which in the Creole woman seems t be inborn and unmistakable. However, the ways being chosen by each author in ending the lives of these characters are different. Next she began to moan, feebly at first.

A violent attack of shivering made her shoulders shake, and she has turned whiter than the sheet at which her rigid fingers kept clawing. Her erratic pulse was now almost imperceptible.

Sweat was dripping from her blue-tinged face, which looked as if it had been glazed in the fumes of some metallic vapour. Her teeth were chattering, her dilated eyes stares vaguely round her, and her sole reply to every question was a mere nod; she even smiled a few times.

Gradually, her moaning grew louder. A muffled howl broke from her: then she declared she was feeling better and would soon get up. She does not feel any pain and agony while drowning herself into the sea.

Edna goes to the beach, stripes her clothes from her body, and stands as a newborn creature under the sky. She swims quite far, not realizing until it is too late that she has no strength to return to the shore. These were the overflow from the neighbouring granary, to which three stone steps led. By way of decoration for the apartment, hanging to a nail in the middle of the wall, whose green paint scaled off from the effects of the saltpetre, was a crayon head of Minerva in gold frame, underneath which was written in Gothic letters "To dear Papa.

Mademoiselle Rouault did not at all like the country, especially now that she had to look after the farm almost alone. As the room was chilly, she shivered as she ate. This showed something of her full lips, that she had a habit of biting when silent. Her neck stood out from a white turned-down collar. Her hair, whose two black folds seemed each of a single piece, so smooth were they, was parted in the middle by a delicate line that curved slightly with the curve of the head; and, just showing the tip of the ear, it was joined behind in a thick chignon, with a wavy move- ment at the temples that the country doctor saw now for the first time in his life.

The upper part of her cheek was rose-coloured. She had, like a man, thrust in between two buttons of her bod- ice a tortoise-shell eyeglass. When Charles, after bidding farewell to old Rouault, returned to the room before leaving, he found her standing, her forehead against the window, looking into the garden, where the bean props had been knocked down by the wind.

She turned round. He began rummaging on the bed, behind the doors, under the chairs. It had fallen to the floor, between the sacks and the wall. Made- moiselle Emma saw it, and bent over the flour sacks. Charles out of politeness made a dash also, and as he stretched out his arm, at the same mo- ment felt his breast brush against the back of the young girl bending beneath him.

She drew herself up, scarlet, and looked at him over her shoulder as she handed him his whip. Instead of returning to the Bertaux in three days as he had promised, he went back the very next day, then regularly twice a week, without counting the visits he paid now and then as if by accident.

Everything, moreover, went well; the patient progressed favourably; and when, at the end of forty-six days, old Rouault was seen trying to walk alone in his "den," Monsieur Bovary be- gan to be looked upon as a man of great capac- ity. Old Rouault said that he could not have been cured better by the first doctor of Yvetot, or even of Rouen.

As to Charles, he did not stop to ask himself why it was a pleasure to him to go to the Ber- taux. Had he done so, he would, no doubt, have attributed his zeal to the importance of the case, or perhaps to the money he hoped to make by it.

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Was it for this, however, that his visits to the farm formed a delightful exception to the meagre occupations of his life? On these days he rose early, set off at a gallop, urging on his horse, then got down to wipe his boots in the grass and put on black gloves before enter- ing. He liked going into the courtyard, and no- ticing the gate turn against his shoulder, the cock crow on the wall, the lads run to meet him. He liked the granary and the stables; he liked old Rouault, who pressed his hand and called him his saviour; he like the small wooden shoes of Mademoiselle Emma on the scoured flags of the kitchen—her high heels made her a little taller; and when she walked in front of him, the wooden soles springing up quickly struck with a sharp sound against the leather of her boots.

She always accompanied him to the first step of the stairs.

When his horse had not yet been brought round she stayed there. They had said "Good-bye"; there was no more talking. The open air wrapped her round, playing with the soft down on the back of her neck, or blew to and fro on her hips the apron-strings, that flut- tered like streamers.

Once, during a thaw the bark of the trees in the yard was oozing, the snow on the roofs of the outbuildings was melt- ing; she stood on the threshold, and went to fetch her sunshade and opened it. The sun- shade of silk of the colour of pigeons' breasts, through which the sun shone, lighted up with shifting hues the white skin of her face.

She smiled under the tender warmth, and drops of water could be heard falling one by one on the stretched silk. During the first period of Charles's visits to the Bertaux, Madame Bovary junior never failed to inquire after the invalid, and she had even cho- sen in the book that she kept on a system of double entry a clean blank page for Monsieur Rouault.

But when she heard he had a daugh- ter, she began to make inquiries, and she learnt the Mademoiselle Rouault, brought up at the Ursuline Convent, had received what is called "a good education"; and so knew dancing, ge- ography, drawing, how to embroider and play the piano.

That was the last straw. That woman! At first she solaced herself by allusions that Charles did not understand, then by casual observations that he let pass for fear of a storm, finally by open apostrophes to which he knew not what to an- swer. That was what he cared about; he wanted town misses.

Get out!

Their grandfather was a shepherd, and they have a cousin who was almost had up at the assizes for a nasty blow in a quarrel. It is not worth while making such a fuss, or show- ing herself at church on Sundays in a silk gown like a countess.

Besides, the poor old chap, if it hadn't been for the colza last year, would have had much ado to pay up his arrears. Heloise made him swear, his hand on the prayer-book, that he would go there no more after much sobbing and many kisses, in a great outburst of love.

He obeyed then, but the strength of his desire protested against the ser- vility of his conduct; and he thought, with a kind of naive hypocrisy, that his interdict to see her gave him a sort of right to love her.

And then the widow was thin; she had long teeth; wore in all weathers a little black shawl, the edge of which hung down between her shoul- der-blades; her bony figure was sheathed in her clothes as if they were a scabbard; they were too short, and displayed her ankles with the laces of her large boots crossed over grey stock- ings.

Charles's mother came to see them from time to time, but after a few days the daughter-in-law seemed to put her own edge on her, and then, like two knives, they scarified him with their reflections and observations. It was wrong of him to eat so much. Why did he always offer a glass of something to everyone who came? What obstinacy not to wear flannels! In the spring it came about that a notary at Ingouville, the holder of the widow Dubuc's property, one fine day went off, taking with him all the money in his office.

Heloise, it is true, still possessed, besides a share in a boat valued at six thousand francs, her house in the Rue St. Francois; and yet, with all this fortune that had been so trumpeted abroad, nothing, excepting perhaps a little furniture and a few clothes, had appeared in the household.

The matter had to be gone into. The house at Dieppe was found to be eaten up with mort- gages to its foundations; what she had placed with the notary God only knew, and her share in the boat did not exceed one thousand crowns. She had lied, the good lady! In his ex- asperation, Monsieur Bovary the elder, smash- ing a chair on the flags, accused his wife of hav- ing caused misfortune to the son by harnessing him to such a harridan, whose harness wasn't worth her hide.

They came to Tostes. Explana- tions followed. There were scenes. Heloise in tears, throwing her arms about her husband, implored him to defend her from his parents. Charles tried to speak up for her. They grew angry and left the house. But "the blow had struck home. She was dead! What a surprise! When all was over at the cemetery Charles went home.

He found no one downstairs; he went up to the first floor to their room; say her dress still hanging at the foot of the alcove; then, leaning against the writing-table, he stayed until the evening, bur- ied in a sorrowful reverie. She had loved him after all! One morning old Rouault brought Charles the money for setting his leg—seventy-five francs in forty-sou pieces, and a turkey. He had heard of his loss, and consoled him as well as he could. When I lost my dear departed, I went into the fields to be quite alone.

I wanted to be like the moles that I saw on the branches, their insides swarming with worms, dead, and an end of it. And when I thought that there were others at that very moment with their nice little wives holding them in their em- brace, I struck great blows on the earth with my stick. I was pretty well mad with not eating; the very idea of going to a cafe disgusted me—you wouldn't believe it. Well, quite softly, one day following another, a spring on a winter, and an autumn after a summer, this wore away, piece by piece, crumb by crumb; it passed away, it is gone, I should say it has sunk; for something always remains at the bottom as one would say—a weight here, at one's heart.

But since it is the lot of all of us, one must not give way alto- gether, and, because others have died, want to die too. You must pull yourself together, Mon- sieur Bovary. It will pass away.

Come to see us; my daughter thinks of you now and again, d'ye know, and she says you are forgetting her. Spring will soon be here.

We'll have some rab- bit-shooting in the warrens to amuse you a bit.

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He went back to the Bertaux. He found all as he had left it, that is to say, as it was five months ago.

The pear trees were already in blossom, and Farmer Rouault, on his legs again, came and went, making the farm more full of life. Thinking it his duty to heap the greatest atten- tion upon the doctor because of his sad posi- tion, he begged him not to take his hat off, spoke to him in an undertone as if he had been ill, and even pretended to be angry because nothing rather lighter had been prepared for him than for the others, such as a little clotted cream or stewed pears.

He told stories. Charles found himself laughing, but the remembrance of his wife suddenly coming back to him de- pressed him. Coffee was brought in; he thought no more about her. He thought less of her as he grew accustomed to living alone. The new delight of independ- ence soon made his loneliness bearable. He could now change his meal-times, go in or out without explanation, and when he was very tired stretch himself at full length on his bed.

So he nursed and coddled himself and accepted the consolations that were offered him. On the other hand, the death of his wife had not served him ill in his business, since for a month people had been saying, "The poor young man! He had an aimless hope, and was vaguely happy; he thought himself better looking as he brushed his whiskers before the looking-glass. One day he got there about three o'clock. Eve- rybody was in the fields.

He went into the kitchen, but did not at once catch sight of Emma; the outside shutters were closed. Through the chinks of the wood the sun sent across the flooring long fine rays that were bro- ken at the corners of the furniture and trembled along the ceiling. Some flies on the table were crawling up the glasses that had been used, and buzzing as they drowned themselves in the dregs of the cider. The daylight that came in by the chimney made velvet of the soot at the back of the fireplace, and touched with blue the cold cinders.

Between the window and the hearth Emma was sewing; she wore no fichu; he could see small drops of perspiration on her bare shoulders. After the fashion of country folks she asked him to have something to drink. He said no; she insisted, and at last laughingly offered to have a glass of liqueur with him. So she went to fetch a bottle of curacao from the cupboard, reached down two small glasses, filled one to the brim, poured scarcely anything into the other, and, after having clinked glasses, carried hers to her mouth.

As it was almost empty she bent back to drink, her head thrown back, her lips pouting, her neck on the strain. She laughed at getting none of it, while with the tip of her tongue passing between her small teeth she licked drop by drop the bottom of her glass. She sat down again and took up her work, a white cotton stocking she was darning. She worked with her head bent down; she did not speak, nor did Charles.

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The air coming in under the door blew a little dust over the flags; he watched it drift along, and heard nothing but the throbbing in his head and the faint clucking of a hen that had laid an egg in the yard. Emma from time to time cooled her cheeks with the palms of her hands, and cooled these again on the knobs of the huge fire-dogs. She complained of suffering since the begin- ning of the season from giddiness; she asked if sea-baths would do her any good; she began talking of her convent, Charles of his school; words came to them.

They went up into her bedroom. She showed him her old music- books, the little prizes she had won, and the oak-leaf crowns, left at the bottom of a cup- board.

She spoke to him, too, of her mother, of the country, and even showed him the bed in the garden where, on the first Friday of every month, she gathered flowers to put on her mother's tomb. But the gardener they had never knew anything about it; servants are so stupid!

She would have dearly liked, if only for the winter, to live in town, although the length of the fine days made the country perhaps even more wearisome in the summer. And, accord- ing to what she was saying, her voice was clear, sharp, or, on a sudden all languor, drawn out in modulations that ended almost in murmurs as she spoke to herself, now joyous, opening big naive eyes, then with her eyelids half closed, her look full of boredom, her thoughts wandering.

Going home at night, Charles went over her words one by one, trying to recall them, to fill out their sense, that he might piece out the life she had lived before he knew her. But he never saw her in his thoughts other than he had seen her the first time, or as he had just left her.

Then he asked himself what would become of her—if she would be married, and to whom! Old Rouault was rich, and she! But Emma's face always rose before his eyes, and a monotone, like the humming of a top, sounded in his ears, "If you should marry after all!

If you should marry! He got up to drink from the water- bottle and opened the window. The night was covered with stars, a warm wind blowing in the distance; the dogs were barking. He turned his head towards the Bertaux. Thinking that, after all, he should lose nothing, Charles promised himself to ask her in mar- riage as soon as occasion offered, but each time such occasion did offer the fear of not finding the right words sealed his lips.

Old Rouault would not have been sorry to be rid of his daughter, who was of no use to him in the house. In his heart he excused her, think- ing her too clever for farming, a calling under the ban of Heaven, since one never saw a mil- lionaire in it.

Far from having made a fortune by it, the good man was losing every year; for if he was good in bargaining, in which he enjoyed the dodges of the trade, on the other hand, ag- riculture properly so called, and the internal management of the farm, suited him less than most people. He did not willingly take his hands out of his pockets, and did not spare expense in all that concerned himself, liking to eat well, to have good fires, and to sleep well. He took his meals in the kitchen alone, opposite the fire, on a little table brought to him all ready laid as on the stage.

When, therefore, he perceived that Charles's cheeks grew red if near his daughter, which meant that he would propose for her one of these days, he chewed the cud of the matter beforehand. He certainly thought him a little meagre, and not quite the son-in-law he would have liked, but he was said to be well brought- up, economical, very learned, and no doubt would not make too many difficulties about the dowry.

Now, as old Rouault would soon be forced to sell twenty-two acres of "his prop- erty," as he owed a good deal to the mason, to the harness-maker, and as the shaft of the cider- press wanted renewing, "If he asks for her," he said to himself, "I'll give her to him. The last had passed like the others in procrasti- nating from hour to hour.

Old Rouault was seeing him off; they were walking along the road full of ruts; they were about to part. This was the time. Charles gave himself as far as to the corner of the hedge, and at last, when past it— "Monsieur Rouault," he murmured, "I should like to say something to you. Charles was silent. Don't I know all about it? So you get off— I'll go back home. If it is 'yes', you needn't re- turn because of all the people about, and be- sides it would upset her too much.

But so that you mayn't be eating your heart, I'll open wide the outer shutter of the window against the wall; you can see it from the back by leaning over the hedge.

Half an hour passed, then he counted nineteen minutes by his watch. Suddenly a noise was heard against the wall; the shutter had been thrown back; the hook was still swinging.

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It is obvious that she experiences an unforgettable time in the ball at la Vaubyessard. She has several other memories from the ball which she will occasionally remember and use to give impetus to her life. But in making this movement, as she leant back in her chair, she saw in the distance, right on the line of the horizon, the old diligence, the "Hirondelle," that was slowly descending the hill of Leux, dragging after it a long trail of dust.

It was in this yellow carriage that Leon had so often come back to her, and by this route down there that he had gone for ever. She fancied she saw him opposite at his Mustafa Bal 56 windows; then all grew confused; clouds gathered; it seemed to her that she was again turning in the waltz under the light of the lustres on the arm of the Viscount, and that Leon was not far away, that he was coming; and yet all the time she was conscious of the scent of Rodolphe's head by her side.

In this sense, Emma gives a futile fight of making the impossible become possible in her life. She harbors idealistic romantic illusions, sensuality, and passion agents for her what should be , and falls into the abyss of boredom and depression when life fails to match with her fantasies. The confusion created with this clash of the reality and her imagination paves the way for her failure in life, finally her decision to end it.

She fails in her relationships with men; she seems to be too passionate, sensual and romantic as a woman for a man of her time. Charles cannot fulfill her desires. Rodolphe leaves her when he gets bored of her romantic fancies and emotional demands, and Leon is a premature partner for her desires. None of them proves to be the gallant of her novels, as they, save for her husband whom she detests the most as a man and once again committing a misjudgment in life, do not even attend to her funeral.

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Yet her hand was not beautiful, perhaps not white enough, and a little hard at the knuckles; besides, it was too long, with no soft inflections in the outlines. Koscher, Adeline carrie. It was a substantial-looking farm. However, Flaubert can never be completely labeled as a realist or a romantic writer. Edna goes to the beach, stripes her clothes from her body, and stands as a newborn creature under the sky. Such is in line with the previously mentioned fact that mostly to survive marriage in the era is not based on love per se.

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