The stableman at the Golden Lion, a quiet, hardworking man afflicted with clubfoot. Homais convinces him to undergo an experimental operation, because he thinks the operation would bring prestige to Yonville and to himself. The experimental method is a hoax; Hippolyte develops gangrene, and his leg has to be amputated. Though Homais promised that the operation would be painless and effective, Hippolyte never complains. When he is able to walk with an artificial leg, he resumes work at the inn.
Hippolyte Character Timeline in Madame Bovary
The timeline below shows where the character Hippolyte appears in Madame Bovary. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 11
...implement an experimental new cure for club-foot. Emma and Homais convince Charles to operate on Hippolyte, the club-footed ostler (stableman). Charles sends away for the description of the cure and studies... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 2
...guilty when he kisses her hello. Over dinner, Emma thinks mainly of her own boredom. Hippolyte brings in her luggage, tapping painfully with his wooden leg, and she thinks that he... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 10