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Sentimental Education
Sentimental Education
by Gustave Flaubert
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Guide Mentor

Character Role Analysis

Monsieur Arnoux

Frederick's biggest rival teaches our guy the ways of social wiliness and infidelity. He initiates Frederick into the crazy party world of courtesans, and the two men even end up sharing a lover—almost two. And as it goes, the student eventually surpasses the teacher, as Frederick rises in the ranks and Arnoux slowly hits rock bottom.

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