Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, European Fiction Series)
Bouvard and Pecuchet met quite by accident one summer evening while each was out for a walk. They sat down to rest at the same moment on the same bench and soon noticed that they had both written their names on the inside of their hats. On this common ground, they began talking and soon found out that they were alike in practically everything except appearance. They held the same political views and the same kind of job as clerks, and both were bachelors living alone. Pecuchet, however, was fairly tall and thin, while Bouvard was shorter and much heavier. After a lengthy conversation, they decided it was time for them to return to their homes, and they then spent much more time walking each other to their respective doors. A friendship had already developed; from that time on, they spent every available moment together.
Soon afterward, Bouvard learned that he had inherited a considerable sum of money from a man who he thought was his uncle but who was really his natural father. Because the friends shared everything by this time, Bouvard considered and consulted Pecuchet before making any plans for investing his fortune. It was decided between them that they should buy a house and farm far from the city and their desks and, after much deliberation about location, they finally obtained one. They thought that now they could forget their rather plebeian tasks as clerks and give themselves up to more rewarding labors. They had long ago convinced themselves...
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