Tag Archives: Homais

When it’s brown it’s cookin’ . . .

Little Known Madame Bovary Fact:  Like most of us, Flaubert had a very strong feeling about the proper preparation of s’mores.  He puts his opinion in the voice of an angered Homais,

Go ahead – go right ahead – don’t respect anything!  Smash!  Crash!  Let the leeches loose!  Burn the marshmallow!  Make pickles in the medicine jars!

I think it’s fair to say this man had some traumatic childhood camping experience.

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Posted by on August 4, 2012 in The Blog


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Oh, no you didn’t.

vituperations – n.  sustained bitter, abusive and condemnatory language

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.

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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Madame Bovary


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Second Verse, Crazier than the First

dithyrambic – adj.  in the manner of a frenzied, wildly enthusiasic poem, hymn or speech

Classical Usage:  At the end of this lengthy agricultural romance, otherwise known as Chapter VIII of Part Two,   Homais writes an article about the big festival.  In his article he depicted the joy of the winners in dithyrambic terms.

Classically Mad Usage:  The next Sunday I drink a bit too much pre-service iced coffee before taking the organ bench I’ll at least be able to explain it in this quasi-intelligent sounding way,  “Sorry the hymns were so dithyrambic today, folks.”

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Posted by on July 1, 2012 in Madame Bovary


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Better Sauce through Science

pomology – n.  science of growing fruit

Classical Usage:  Once again the Bovary’s good friend and pharmacist Homais is showing the versatility of his profession.  He wrote a 72 page monograph on cider and as a result was admitted to the membership in the Agronomical Society of Rouen, Agricultural Section, Pomology Division.

Classically Mad Usage:  We have a lot of pomologists around here.  Sadly, the Pomology Division of West Michigan, Apple Group is telling us that this year they’re growing just growing trees.  No fruit.  I’m very sad for the pomologists, and for our applesauce loving family.


Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Madame Bovary


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effluvia – n.  odorous fumes from decaying matter

Classical Usage:  In addition to being the neighborhood cooking advisor, our good friend and pharmacist Homais fancies himself a bit of an agricultural expert.  Take the composition of manures, the fermentation of liquids, the analysis of gasses, the effects of noxious effluvia – what’s all that, I ask you, if it isn’t chemistry in the strictest sense of the word?”

Classically Mad Usage:  Maybe this is why I never like chemistry much in science.  Too much effluvia.

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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Madame Bovary


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Your Friendly Neighborhood Pharmacist

osmazomes – n.  a chemical additive designed to give meats flavor and odor

Classical Usage:   Homais the pharmacist is very knowledgeable and helps Emma out he was quite dazzling on the subject of aromas, osmazomes, juices and gelatines.

 Classically Mad Usage:  Next time my Jello salad doesn’t set I’m heading down to RiteAid.

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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Madame Bovary


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