A Simple Heart


Gustave Flaubert

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Nastasie Leroux (Barette) Character Analysis

Félicité’s sister, who she reunites with by happenstance while traveling with the Aubain family to the seaside. Though Félicité is initially overjoyed to reunite with her long-lost family member, paying little heed to Madame Aubain’s suspicions that Nastasie and her family intend to take advantage of her, she soon discovers that Nastasie does not share her moral priorities in life. She and her husband treat their son Victor cruelly, and they encourage him to take advantage of Félicité’s kindness. After Victor’s death, Nastasie and her sister never speak again.

Nastasie Leroux (Barette) Quotes in A Simple Heart

The A Simple Heart quotes below are all either spoken by Nastasie Leroux (Barette) or refer to Nastasie Leroux (Barette). 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

Félicité became very attached to them. She bought them a blanket, some shirts and a cooking stove. They were obviously out to take advantage of her. Madame Aubain was annoyed that Félicité was not more firm with them. She also took objection to the familiar way in which the nephew spoke to Paul.”

Page Number: 14
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Chapter 3 Quotes

His parents always told him to make sure he brought something back with him, a bag of sugar, a piece of soap, a little brandy or even money. He brought with him any of his clothes that needed mending and Félicité always did the work willingly, glad of any opportunity of encouraging him to visit her again.

Page Number: 17-18
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Nastasie Leroux (Barette) Character Timeline in A Simple Heart

The timeline below shows where the character Nastasie Leroux (Barette) appears in A Simple Heart. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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Classism and Class Disparity Theme Icon
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...wife approaches Félicité on the beach. This woman turns out to be Félicité’s long-lost sister, Nastasie Leroux (Barette) , who now has a husband and three children. Félicité is excited by the reunion... (full context)