"He thinks of Emma Bovary, coming home sated, glazen-eyed from an afternoon of reckless fucking."


Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
Creative Commons AttributionMadame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert - Credit: Chris Drumm


Emma Bovary, is the main character in Gustave Flaubert's novel, Madame Bovary. Impulsive and passionate, Emma fails to find satisfaction in marriage and motherhood and seeks excitement through adulterous affairs. When the book was first released in 1857, Flaubert and his publisher were put on trial for obscenity, but acquitted, and the novel went on to become a bestseller.

In an interesting parallel with Disgrace, Emma goes to meet her lover, Leon, every Thursday, which is also the pre-arranged day for David's assignations with Soraya.

Madame Bovary can be read online via this link.