Speaking of Good Quotes…

09 Jul

Here’s another favorite from Part II, Chapter 13.  This one is speaking of Rodolphe’s heart condition.  He is going through past correspondence from other women, and says,

What a lot of rubbish!   Which summed up his opinion; for pleasures, like schoolboys in a school courtyard, had so trampled on his heart that no green thing grew there, and that which passed through it, more heedless than children, did not even, like them, leave a name carved upon the wall.

Flaubert really has a way with words.  Sometimes the words he says just grab me and make me ponder.  I may not have enjoyed the subject matter as much in this novel, but his command of the language and his analogies are so breath-taking.



Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Madame Bovary



3 responses to “Speaking of Good Quotes…

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    July 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I agree — the characterization and plot took a back seat to his descriptions.

  2. Christina Joy

    July 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Yup, total agreement here.


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