Study Guide

A Simple Heart Characters

By Gustave Flaubert

Félicité Barette

Everyone is jealous of Madame Aubain because she's such a good worker: For a hundred francs a...

Madame Aubain

Madame Aubain isn't a terrible person, but she can be a little bit toxic. She's the widow of a...

Virginie

The young daughter of Madame Aubain, Virginie is too good for this world. We don't really know...

Paul

Just like pretty much every male character in this story, Paul is a source of heartache for the...

Victor

While Paul is a real jerk, Victor, Félicité's poor nephew, is another story. He...

Monsieur Bourais

This guy's a real gem. A retired lawyer, he's Madame Aubain's friend. He takes care of her...

Théodore

And yet another piece of work. Poor Félicité meets this "prosperous-looking young...

Townies

Pont-l'Évêque is full of minor characters who play some role or another in the...