** Emma attempts to have a lover outside of her marriage, but the man she attempts to woo doesn't have time to indulge in her fantasies, and she ends up miserable.
** When Emma attempts to convince Lheureux to extend her debt period, she puts her hand on his knee, and he is repulsed with disgust.
** Emma and her husband are invited to a ball. Her husband, not knowing anything about social graces, turns everyone off with his behavior, and Emma's social life gets worse as a result.
** When she can't maintain her lifestyle anymore, Emma decides to kill herself by taking a large dose of arsenic, expecting a quick, romantic, and painless demise. She instead suffers a slow, painful, gruesome death from the poison.
* DescriptionPorn: Lots of it: see PurpleProse below. During the ball in the middle of the book author even describes the fake roses in the jackets with drops of ''artificial water'' to make them look more natural.
* ExtremeDoormat: Charles for Emma, so very much. She despises him for it.
* PurpleProse: An exceptionally well done example.
* PairTheSpares: Felicite, the servant of Emma, and Justin, the apprentice of Madame Homais, are implied, but never outright confirmed, to be in a relationship.
* ParentalNeglect: Emma hardly cares at all about their daughter, leaving the nurse and her husband to care for her. Having said that, it wasn't all that uncommon at the time amongst lower middle class.
* PairTheSpares: Felicite, the servant of Emma, and Justin, the apprentice of
* ParentalNeglect: Emma hardly cares at all about
* ASimplePlan: Homaisí idea to try to cure clubfoot is meant to be just a simple exercise in cutting the errant tendon for Charles. Then the foot grows gangrenous and the limb ends up having to be amputated.
* ASimplePlan: Homaisí idea to try to cure clubfoot is meant to be just a simple
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