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

DESIR (VEUVE), an elderly woman who kept a ball-room known as
Bon-Joyeux. She called all the miners her children, and grew tender
at the thought of the flood of beer which she had poured out for them
during the last thirty years. She gave her ball-room to the miners to
hold a meeting during the strike, and when the police arrived to break
it up she held the door long enough to allow those present to escape.


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