Random Quote #33 topic: zola-dictionary, A Zola Dictionary; the Characters of the Rougon-Macquart Novels of Emile Zola, Patterson, J. G

GOUJET, a blacksmith from the Departement du Nord, who came to Paris and
got employment in a manufactory of bolts. "Behind the silent quietude
of his life lay buried a great sorrow: his father in a moment of drunken
madness had killed a fellow-workman with a crowbar, and after arrest had
hanged himself in his cell with a pocket-handkerchief." Goujet and his
mother, who lived with him, always seemed to feel this horror weighing
upon them, and did their best to redeem it by strict uprightness. "He
was a giant of twenty-three, with rosy cheeks and blue eyes, and the
strength of a Hercules. In the workshop he was known as Gueule d'Or,
on account of his yellow beard. With his square head, his heavy frame,
torpid after the hard work at the anvil, he was like a great animal,
dull of intellect and good of heart." For a time the Coupeaus were
his neighbours, and he came to love Gervaise with a perfectly innocent
affection, which survived all disillusionments, and subsisted up to the
time of her death. It was he who lent her money to start a laundry, and
afterwards repeatedly assisted her when in difficulties. L'Assommoir.


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