A Simple Heart


Gustave Flaubert

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The local “butcher’s boy.” Though the narrator states that Fabu has affection for Felicite’s parrot Loulou, Félicité witnesses a moment in which he strikes the noisy bird’s ear out of annoyance, causing her to suspect that he is responsible for the parrot’s death. As Félicité is dying, she apologizes to Fabu for the accusation.
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Fabu Character Timeline in A Simple Heart

The timeline below shows where the character Fabu appears in A Simple Heart. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Faith and Virtue  Theme Icon
Classism and Class Disparity Theme Icon
Cruelty vs Compassion  Theme Icon
...answer to the name “Polly” or talk when guests are listening. The local butcher’s boy, Fabu, even swats Loulou in a moment of frustration. Félicité, on the other hand, adores Loulou... (full context)
Love, Loss, and Death Theme Icon
Coming downstairs one morning, Félicité discovers Loulou’s dead body, and believes that Fabu—the local “butcher’s boy”—has killed him. Félicité is so distraught by Loulou’s death that Madame Aubain... (full context)