Classical Usage: In Part Three Chapter II Emma arrives back in Yonville from her “carriage tour” of Rouen to find the Homais household in disarray. Justin’s gotten into the arsenic and is looking at dirty books. Homais then not-so-tactfully explains that the elder Monsieur Bovary croaked. Emma, seeing that it was useless to ask for details, left the pharmacy, for Monsiuer Homais had resumed his vituperations.
Classically Mad Usage: Really, I don’t begrudge Homais his vituperations here. I’d be pretty ticked off if even one of those events occurred at our house.