Emile Study Guides

  • Emile

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  • Au Bonheur Des Dames = the Ladies' Delight

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  • The Belly of Paris

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    The Belly of Paris is the story of Florent, a man mistaken for a political dissident and jailed during the French Coup of 1851. Freed, Florent finds work as a quality inspector of fish at Paris's Les Halles market. The bulk of the work is concerned with a lavish verbal rendition of the market, a fixture of modern Paris at the time, and with Florent's extremely refined palette and his experience of the foods on offer at Les Halles.

  • The Masterpiece

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  • Thrse Raquin

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  • Nana

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    Nana is the story of the title character, Nana Coupeau, a low-class prostitute living in the last years of the Second French Empire. Nana becomes an influential courtesan and ruins a string of wealthy and powerful men, toying with their affections only to destroy them through financial ruination, humiliation, and psychological abuse. At the novel's conclusion she dies a slow and horrific death of small pox, mirroring the decay of the Second French Empire.