One day, Monsieur Homais reads about a new medical operation that can cure clubfoot, an inborn deformity that makes a person’s foot grow twisted. Eager to bring scientific advances to Yonville, Monsieur Homais pressures Charles to study this operation and try it out on Hippolyte, a clubfooted man who works as a horse groom at the local hotel. Emma, who feels that she could love Charles if he distinguished himself in his career, supports Monsieur Homais's plan.
Charles is at first reluctant to try operating on Hippolyte, who gets along fine in spite of his disability. However,...
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