| Quote #1
[Emma] considered herself much more unhappy now, for she had experienced grief and knew it would never end.
Emma is always sure that she knows best. Now that Léon is gone, her "grief" makes her feel like she’s really lived life. However, this is just a ridiculous excuse for the retail therapy she indulges in.
| Quote #2
"Don’t you know there are some souls that are constantly tormented? They need dreams and action, one after the other, the purest passions, the most frenzied pleasures, and it leads them to throw themselves into all sorts of fantasies and follies." (II.8.40)
Here, Rodolphe attempts to tell Emma that her soul, one of these special ones that are always tormented, needs to give in to her desires – and to folly.
| Quote #3
"I’m wrong, wrong!" she said. "I’m mad to listen to you!"
Emma knows theoretically she’s "wrong" and "mad" to give in to Rodolphe’s advances, but she does anyway.