When his wife is dead, Charles sobs and clings to her body. Monsieur Homais tells him that this is all right; it is better to grieve now and get the feelings out. Returning home, Monsieur Homais rushes around to tell people the news and to write an article about Emma’s death. He invents a convenient fiction about accidental poisoning to cover up her suicide.
At first, Charles says he does not want a funeral for his wife. Monsieur Homais makes him see reason, and Charles demands an exorbitantly expensive burial, complete with three expensive coffins and a velvet shroud. Monsieur...
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