Sentimental Education Setting & Symbolism

Gustave Flaubert and Mary Ruefle
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Paris

The site of the book's major events and the revolutionary overthrow of the French monarchy.

Nogent

Frederic's hometown, where he often retreats due to conflicts in the book. His mother, Roque and Louise all live there.

Brittany

A French town that the Arnoux's retreat to after financial devastation.

Law School

Frederic begins his days in Paris at law school with Charles; he meets Martinon and Dussardier through his experiences there.

Frederic's Mansion

When Frederic returns to Paris a wealthy man, he buys a mansion where he entertains.

Barthelemy's Inheritance

The grand sum of money Frederic's uncle left to him; this money allows Frederic to enter Parisian high society.

Rosanette's Son

Rosanette and Frederic have a child that dies not long after he is born.

Monsieur Dambreuse's Fortune

Monsieur Dambreuse was a rich man. Frederic planned to marry his wife in order to inherit his fortune, but Monsieur...

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