Part 2, Chapter 12 Summary

Emma constantly complains to Rodolphe that her life is horrible. One day when he snaps that he cannot do anything about it, she replies that he can. She begs him to take her away. He brushes her off, but she does not forget the idea.

Charles’s recent failure with the clubfoot operation has renewed Emma’s disgust for him. Her feelings for the two men have a curious connection to each other. The more she hates Charles, the more she loves Rodolphe. Every time she comes home after seeing Rodolphe, Charles seems worse than before.

Monsieur Lheureux, the owner of the dry goods store in Yonville, frequently lets Emma have pretty objects for herself on credit. He never bothers her about paying her bills, so she...

(The entire section is 600 words.)