When her mother dies, Emma quits school and returns to her father’s farm at les Bertaux in Normandy. Bovary travels 18 miles to les Bertaux to treat him.
While there, he is attracted to Emma, and she to him, believing he is the magic prince who will fulfill her dreams.
His looks and interests—he shares her love of music, literature, and art—are a considerable improvement over her husband’s, and they enjoy each other’s conversation. He has a scheme in mind: to lend her so much money and to allow her to buy so much on time that she accumulates a debt that will one day permit him to lay claim Dr. Prodigal Emma then begins ordering expensive fashions and household items from Lheureux.
After Emma gives birth to her child, christened “Berthe,” she turns the day-to-day care of the child over to a nurse while she meets frequently with Dupuis. Although Emma decides that she loves Leon, she continues to hold fast to her marriage vows and, consequently, becomes frustrated.
The doctor defends her, but Heloise is deeply wounded.