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The Public vs. M. Gustave Flaubert

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Author: Various Authors
Language: English
Wordcount: 34,667 / 104 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.1
LoC Category: KJ
Downloads: 459
Added to site: 2004.06.30
mnybks.net#: 7928
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Non-fiction,
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p>I know well that the waltz is more or less like this, but that makes it no more moral!

Take Madame Bovary in her most simple acts, and we have always the same stroke of the brush, on every page. Even Justin, the neighbouring chemist's boy, undergoes some astonishment when he is initiated into the secrets of this woman's toilette. He carries his voluptuous admiration as far as the kitchen.

"With his elbows on the long board on which she was ironing, he greedily watched all these women's clothes spread out about him, the dimity petticoats, the fichus, the collars, and the drawers with running-strings, wide at the hips and growing narrower below.

"What is that for?" asked the young fellow, passing his hand over the crinoline or the hooks and eyes.

"'Why, haven't you ever seen anything?' Félicité answered laughing. 'As if your mistress, Madame Homais, didn't wear the same.'"

The husband also asks, in the presence of this fresh-smelling woman, whether the odour co

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