Does Felicite have a husband in "A Simple Heart"?

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I would like to perhaps take this question a bit deeper.  No doubt that the previous answer is right in that she does not have a husband.  Indeed, she also leaves because of a broken heart.  Yet, I think that there is more here with which Flaubert means to leave the reader.  On one hand, Felicite is young enough to certainly experience more of a sensuous or carnal nature of love.  However, she does not.  Once she experiences the inauthentic and self serving nature of love as offered by Theodore, she seems to immediately grasp that her expression of love is something that is "different" than those around her.  Part of the reason why...

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