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DENEULIN, a cousin of the Gregoires. Like his cousin, he inherited
a denier in the Montsou mines, but being an enterprising engineer,
tormented by the desire for a royal fortune, he had hastened to sell
out when the value of the denier reached a million francs. His wife
possessed through an uncle the little concession of Vandame, on which
were two abandoned pits--Jean-Bart and Gaston-Marie--and he invested all
his money in the reopening of these pits. He was a bad manager, however,
and after his wife's death he was pillaged by every one. The great
strike at Montsou completed his ruin, and he was ultimately compelled
to sell his pits to the great company which had already acquired all
the neighbouring mines, himself receiving a situation as divisional
engineer. Germinal.



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