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It had probably come too realistic, this "moral portrait from the province". The Editors of the Revue de Paris, Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" published as a continuation novel, had as a precaution deleted the most daring passages. But the story of disappointed by life and husband Emma together with extra-marital escapades offered the prosecutor so still enough substance for an indictment for "violation of public morality and religion." The author sat only as an "accomplice" on the lawsuit, chief defendant was the publisher of the review. And yet, the prosecutor's plea was directed against the author of the work, whose subtitle would rather be "The Adulterous Affair of a Provincial Woman, " paying tribute to a questionable "poetry of adultery." Flaubert's lawyer fought with clever arguments: Hardly a word about the freedom of art. Rather, Flaubert had only described the details, which were criticized as amoral, in order to call virtue "against the horrors of vice." Certainly the selected passages were drastic, but one could even hold some passages of the well-esteemed Rousseau against it. The court renounced thankfully, and followed the reasoning. On February 7, the acquittal was fined. And while the review went bankrupt a short time later, Flaubert's novel sold superbly.


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