The First Sentimental Education
Gustave Flaubert, Douglas Garman, Gerhard Gerhardi
By Gustave Flaubert
Translated by Douglas Garman
Introduction by Gerhard Gerhardi
About the BookThe protagonist, Frederic Moreau, and his beloved, Mme Arnoux, are based on Flaubert's youthful infatuation with an older married woman. Frederic's puppy love for Mme Arnoux is at first steadfast and idealistic, and she remains faithful to her rather frivolous husband. Frederic's love ends in disillusionment, as do the subsequent passions of his life. His youthful ambitions lead to failure and boredom, and his idealistic views of social progress are disappointed by reality.