Chapter 2 Summary


The narrator presents a time line of Flaubert's life. It is formatted like a two-column table in a reference book: Year and Event. He breaks the time line into three parts.

The first part begins with the 1821 birth of Gustave to Achille (a prominent surgeon) and Anne. They are a middle class family with property in Rouen. In 1825, a nurse is hired to care for Gustave. Her name is Julie, and she remains in his employ until his death. About five years later, Gustave acquires the first of a lifelong string of devoted friends. Gustave goes to school and begins to write from an early age. In 1836, Gustave develops his first passionate crush on a respectable Trouville matron, Elisa...

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