Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Madame Bovary” in chapter 1 of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life:

...surface; for in France the family feeling is so potent that the actual destruction of the domestic tie is often punished with cruel severity, even by the most tolerant novelists. The retribution in Madame Bovary , for instance, is almost too merciless, since it wreaks itself even upon the body of the poor sinner after death, and pursues her unoffending child to the poorhouse. No one has painted a climax of ...
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