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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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