But Is That What Flaubert Wrote?
It took Gustave Flaubert five years to complete Madame Bovary, and there’s a line in the novel that expresses how difficult it is to communicate: “. . . human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance, when we long to move the stars.”
Emma sat up like a galvanized corpse, her hair streaming, her eyes fixed and gaping.