What Flaubert and I have in common


From the correspondence, by way of D.A. Williams’ 1973 “Psychological determinism in ‘Madame Bovary,'” in the Journal of Occassional Papers in Modern Languages:

La fatalite, qui m’avait courbe des la jenesse, s’etendait pour moi sur le monde entier, je la regardais se manifester dans toutes les actions des hommes aussi universellement que le soleil sur la surface de la terre.

And he was a self-confessed Spinozist!

Neither of these facts is helping me write my research proposal for a Madame Bovary term paper. I should stop blogging now.


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