One afternoon, Bouvard, an office employee, meets Pecuchet, another office employee. They get along quite well when they learn they have the same aspirations of a life devoted to study and a nice living in the country, away from modern cities.
Days later, Bouvard is notified that he's inherited money that allows him to quit his job forever. He drags his friend Pecuchet to study in agriculture, chemistry, history, literature, alchemy, and each time they are left skeptical and depressed. Finally, they feel attracted to the same woman and their friendship falls under storm as they start projects on their own.
This novel wasn't finished by his author, who passed away in 1880. The manuscript of 'Bouvard and Pecuchet', as it is, was published a year later.
This report prepared by Augusto Wong Campos