Charles’s mother, a nervous, demanding woman exhausted by years of unhappy marriage. She craves Charles’s affection, and resents sharing it with his wife. She often quarrels with Emma. Charles wants to please both women, and finds it very difficult to take sides. She abandons Charles after Emma’s death, when he is at his most helpless, because of a meaningless fight.
The elder Madame Bovary Quotes in Madame Bovary
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Part 1, Chapter 5 Quotes
The universe, for him, did not extend beyond the silken round of her skirts.