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• Charles Bovary is introduced as an example of an ordinary, middle-class citizen without much natural talent.
• Charles' parents have a loveless marriage characterized by his father's infidelity, drinking and financial troubles.
• Charles' has an inconsistent upbringing and education.
• After initially failing his final exams to become a doctor, he is able to retake the test through the intercessions of his mother.
• Charles' mother selects a dull, but wealthy widow to become Charles' wife.
• After Monsieur Rouault breaks his leg, Charles meets his daughter Emma, who is shown to be a charming and passionate character.
• Madame Bovary is discovered to have exaggerated her income, shortly after which she dies.
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• Now a widower, Charles enjoys living on his own, but finds himself more and more attracted to Emma.
• Charles proposes to Emma.
• Emma begins making her wardrobe for her life as the...
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