Emma Bovary

Elle avait envie de faire des voyages ou de retourner vivre à son couvent. Elle souhaitait à la fois mourir et habiter Paris.

–Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary (1857), Partie 1, Chapitre 9



5 thoughts on “Emma Bovary

  1. Meaning: She wanted to travel, or return to her convent to live. She wanted to die and at the same time, to reside in Paris.

    1. Even now? I thought that was a Henry James phenomenon? 😉
      I wonder where I would like to go: perhaps the Channel Islands, off Santa Barbara…

  2. Better than “Après moi, le déluge” and speaking of floods…

    On the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, I thought that you would be interested in this new documentary on the Hurricane Katrina “ethnic cleansing” of New Orleans entitled “From Big Easy to Big Empty.” It’s free to download this week only.


    And as difficult the Louisiana university situation, it could be worse. On a recent university entrance exam in Liberia, all 25,000 applicants failed the test.

    “Earlier, Etmonia David-Tarpeh, the national education minister, expressed doubts over the dismal showing. “I know there are a lot of weaknesses in the schools but for a whole group of people to take exams and every single one of them to fail, I have my doubts about that,” she told the BBC. “It’s like mass murder.”


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