Yonville’s versatile merchant, who slowly and deliberately drives the Bovarys to financial ruin. Lheureux affects a pleasant air, but he is a ruthless businessman. He makes money by encouraging people like Emma to spend more than they can afford and then lending them money at very steep rates. Homais may be indifferent to other people’s suffering, but Lheureux seems to enjoy it. Though he is in large part responsible for Emma’s death, he attends her funeral without a trace of guilt.
Monsieur Lheureux Character Timeline in Madame Bovary
The timeline below shows where the character Monsieur Lheureux appears in Madame Bovary. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 12
...an expensive riding-whip, along with other fine presents. She gets most of these things from Lheureux, who never asks her for money, and never tells her how much anything costs. She... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 14
...health, but he is also concerned about money. His housekeeper is stealing from him, and Lheureux is drowning him in real and invented bills. Lheureux loans Charles a great deal of... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 10
...palely for a moment before hiding in the pharmacy. It is a beautiful, fragrant morning. Lheureux is present, lamenting to everyone who will listen. Emma’s father leaves after the funeral, deep... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 11
...come after Charles for money, but he refuses to sell anything that belonged to Emma. Lheureux pesters him with bills, the piano-teacher who never gave any lessons demands six months pay,... (full context)