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Stupid Question(s) Madame Bovary Edition

03 Jul

I didn’t miss Charles’ mother’s first name, did I?

It’s always possible that I didn’t catch it.  I miss things.  Sometimes important things.  Wait, is this important?

She’s just “Madame Bovary,” yes?

And yet she’s not The Madame Bovary, that’s Emma.

Why?  Why name the novel Madame Bovary and then cloud the issue?

Am I reading too much into this?

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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Madame Bovary

 

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10 responses to “Stupid Question(s) Madame Bovary Edition

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    July 3, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I think once my version referred to her as “Madame Bovary Sr.” This struck me as odd b/c I didn’t think it was proper to use “Sr.” for a females.

     
    • Elizabeth Johnson

      July 3, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Mine did the same. So yes, I missed her first name as well. Hrmph.

       
    • Christine

      July 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Here too! Mme B Senior.

       
    • Christina Joy

      July 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      That is odd usage (says the queen of odd usages.)

       
  2. Steph (@FABR_Steph)

    July 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I have seen the name of the two women separated from time to time, only by saying “the older” or “the younger”. I think that it is another example of how these women were not valued to begin with. Okay, I could be reading too much into it, but I am now on the first part of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and I am a little miffed.

     
    • Christina Joy

      July 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Yes, my version goes with “the elder” and “the younger.”

      I don’t know anything about Anna Karenina, but as soon as we finish Crime and Punishment I guess I’ll find out whether I want to or not.

       
  3. Christine

    July 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    It was only after taking the sparknotes quiz (and missing that question) did I pull out the kindle and search for Mme Sr’s name. I seemed to have missed it on my character list.

     
    • Christina Joy

      July 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Wait, isn’t the sparknotes quiz talking about Charles’ first wife’s name?

       
      • Christine

        July 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

        Whoops! You are absolutely correct. I’m all befuddled by the plethera of Mme Bovarys.

         
  4. Christine

    July 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    The sparknotes character list has for the three Bovary women: Emma Bovary, Heloise Dubuc, and The Elder Madame Bovary. Guess Charles’ mom didn’t receive a first name. Further emphasizing the unimportance/lack of power of women in the story (said with a wink).

     

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