GREGOIRE (MADAME LEON), wife of the preceding, was the daughter of
a druggist at Marchiennes. She was a plain, penniless girl, whom he
adored, and who repaid him with happiness. She shut herself up in her
household, having no other will but her husband's. No difference
of tastes separated them, their desires were mingled in one idea of
comfort; and they had thus lived for forty years, in affection and
little mutual services. Germinal.