Random Quote #32 topic: zola-dictionary, A Zola Dictionary; the Characters of the Rougon-Macquart Novels of Emile Zola, Patterson, J. G

VANDEUVRES (COMTE XAVIER DE), the last member of a noble family, had
gone through a large fortune in Paris. His racing-stable was famous, as
were his losses at the Imperial Club, while his ruin was completed by
the vast sums which he spent on Nana. His final hope was centred on the
race for the Grand Prix de Paris in which he was running two horses,
Lusignan and a filly named Nana. Lusignan was the favourite, but
Vandeuvres, having arranged his betting, caused the horse to be pulled,
so that the filly might win. The ruse was successful, and Vandeuvres
gained a large sum, but suspicions having been aroused, he was warned
off the turf and expelled from the Imperial Club. Driven to madness,
the Comte shut himself up in his stable, and, having set it on fire,
perished among his horses. Nana.


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