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Madame Bovary

[boh-vuh-ree] /ˈboʊ və ri/
noun
1.
a novel (1857) by Gustave Flaubert.
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  • Madame Bovary bit her lips, and the child knocked about the village.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • When Madame Bovary was in the kitchen she went up to the chimney.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Madame Bovary left on a Wednesday, the market-day at Yonville.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Rodolphe with Madame Bovary was talking dreams, presentiments, magnetism.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Often even Madame Bovary; taking no heed of him, began her toilette.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Madame Bovary, as she listened to him, wondered that she was so old.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • On reaching the inn, Madame Bovary was surprised not to see the diligence.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Often even Madame Bovary, taking no heed of him, began her toilette.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary in Culture
Madame Bovary [(boh-vuh-ree) (1857)]

A novel by Gustave Flaubert. The title character, dissatisfied with her marriage, seeks happiness in adultery and finally commits suicide.

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