"Henry quoted long passages about Emma Bovary and her greyhound"

Italian Greyhound
Creative Commons AttributionItalian Greyhound - Credit: madaise
 Madame Bovary is a novel by the nineteenth century French author Gustave Flaubert. It tells the story of the stifling life of the wife of a provincial doctor, the titular Madame Bovary, and her doomed attempts to escape the banality of her life through adultery. The novel was put on trial for obscenity when it was first published, making it and its author notorious; it is now considered Flaubert's masterpiece. In the novel, Emma Bovary is given a female Italian greyhound which she takes for long walks to escape boredom. The restless nature of the greyhound is comparable to Emma's own restlessness.