Should there be a little Hagar in each marriage establishment? Michael's College, The University of Toronto, He had had his sexual ini- Introduction xxm tiation with his mother's maid, and a more memorable affair in Marseilles inas his family was passing through on a vacation trip. Three years after her husband died inshe moved to Antibes, a winter resort on the Mediterranean Sea near the Alps and Italy.
He finally persuaded the Odeon theater to produce Mademoiselle A'isse in , but the play failed miserably. So his first major project eventually to be published, La Tentation de saint Antvine, depicts almost exclusively altered states of consciousness—dreams and hallucinations—brought about by prolonged isolation, fasting, and obsessive prayer.
After Heloi'se dies, he marries Emma, a pretty, intelligent, self-centered girl who is bored on her father's farm. As Pascal had put it, in order to emphasize the primary importance of form, "when two people are playing tennis, they both use the same ball—but one of them places it better.
From then on Flaubert found difficulty in drawing on his funds or knowing how much money and income he had. He also carefully read everything she wrote then and tried to help her improve, making rigorous, astringent comments about her style and content.