Madame Bovary Part 2, Chapters 14-15 Summary

Gustave Flaubert

Part 2, Chapters 14-15 Summary

In addition to his problems with Emma, Charles experiences problems with money. He cannot pay Monsieur Homais for the medicines he uses in his medical practice. Expenses for household supplies add up faster now that the maid has control of them. Local shopkeepers, especially Monsieur Lheureux, keep trying to make him pay strange bills. Just when Emma’s illness is at its worst, Monsieur Lheureux shows up with a cloak, a trunk, and a bag. Charles swears that these were never ordered, but the shopkeeper demands payment anyway. The bills add up so much that Charles ends up having to borrow money from Monsieur Lheureux at a very bad interest rate.

Far from feeling angry at Emma for spending so much, Charles feels guilty...

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