Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings begins reading from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-nineteenth century Parisian high society.

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01*20081006

Alex Jennings begins reading from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-nineteenth century Parisian high society.

Young law student Frederic Moreau meets Mme Arnoux for the first time.

02*20081007

Frederic gets his first taste of political unrest and succeeds in meeting Mme Arnoux again.

03*20081008

Frederic fails his exams and fails to understand the subtleties of society, but his devotion to Mme Arnoux increases.

04*20081009

Despite his ambitions for love and career, Frederic finds it hard not to sink into the provincial comforts of his mother's home.

05*20081010

Frederic gets his first taste of the Parisian 'demi monde' and meets the luscious Rose-Annette for the first time.

06*20081013

Frederic is torn between his love for his friend's wife, Mme Arnoux, and his increasing interest in the charming Rosanette.

07*20081014

Frederic is drawn into the tensions of the Arnoux household and comes to the rescue when the bailiffs threaten them.

08*20081015

A day at the races with Rosanette leaves Frederic compromised and an insult to a lady leads to fighting talk.

09*20081016

Frederic's fortunes go into sharp decline.

Will returning home to Nogent and the girl next door bring him solace?

10*20081017

Revolution is in the air, but Frederic only has eyes for Mme Arnoux.

11*20081020

As the 1848 revolution gathers strength, Frederic and his friend Hussonet find themselves caught up in the melee, and Frederic begins to harbour political ambitions.

12*20081021

Frederic briefly escapes Paris with Rosanette, but news that Dussadier has been wounded draws him back, where he is surprised to find Louise waiting for him.

13*20081022

Despite his efforts to forget Mme Arnoux, Frederic cannot help but fall in love with her again.

Meanwhile, Rosanette has some dramatic news

14*20081023

Frederic is torn between the demands of two women but is still prepared to sacrifice everything for a third, Mme Arnoux.

15 LAST*20081024

Frederic sees his amorous ambitions fall apart, but there is one more significant meeting to come.