Madame Bovary

by: Gustave Flaubert

Part One, Chapters VII–IX

Summary Part One, Chapters VII–IX

Emma’s relation to her farming roots is also explored in this section. Flaubert places a recollection of the past in the middle of Emma’s fantasy evening to show that she can never really escape her origins. At the ball, Emma allows herself to forget that she is not a privileged member of the upper-class world she is visiting, but when a servant breaks a windowpane, Emma sees the peasants outside, and she remembers the simple country life of her youth.