A Simple Heart

by

Gustave Flaubert

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Monsieur Bourais Character Analysis

A retired solicitor and friend of Madame Aubain’s, who manages Madame Aubain’s properties for her. Toward the end of the narrative, Madame Aubain and Félicité learn that he has committed suicide after engaging in fraud and an illicit affair. Madame Aubain is very distressed by the event, and she dies from pneumonia without ever fully recovering from the news.

Monsieur Bourais Quotes in A Simple Heart

The A Simple Heart quotes below are all either spoken by Monsieur Bourais or refer to Monsieur Bourais. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of A Simple Heart published in 2005.
Chapter 2 Quotes

Thinking that it would help the children to derive some enjoyment from their studies, he bought them an illustrated geography book. It depicted scenes from different parts of the world […] Paul carefully explained all these pictures to Félicité. In fact, this was the only time anyone ever taught her how to read a book.

Page Number: 9
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Monsieur Bourais Character Timeline in A Simple Heart

The timeline below shows where the character Monsieur Bourais appears in A Simple Heart. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Faith and Virtue  Theme Icon
Love, Loss, and Death Theme Icon
...had too much to drink and begins behaving inappropriately. Félicité particularly enjoys visits from Monsieur Bourais, a retired solicitor who manages Madame Aubain’s properties, and whose knowledge and elegance convinces her... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...that the two are equally valuable in her eyes.  Anxious about Victor, Félicité visits Monsieur Bourais and asks him to show her where Victor is on a map. When he points... (full context)
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Classism and Class Disparity Theme Icon
Years pass. Monsieur Bourais “mysteriously” leaves town, as do most of Madame Aubain’s old friends. The Baron de Larsonniere,... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Classism and Class Disparity Theme Icon
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...She also notes that Loulou seems to enjoy seeing the visitors to the house, especially Bourais, who always makes him laugh. (full context)
Faith and Virtue  Theme Icon
Classism and Class Disparity Theme Icon
Cruelty vs Compassion  Theme Icon
Love, Loss, and Death Theme Icon
...a promotion in the department. Meanwhile, Madame Aubain learns that her friend and manager, Monsieur Bourais, has committed suicide, and that he has been concealing acts of fraud and embezzlement, as... (full context)