Random Quote #35 topic: zola-dictionary, A Zola Dictionary; the Characters of the Rougon-Macquart Novels of Emile Zola, Patterson, J. G

BADEUIL (CHARLES), married Laure Fouan, and went to live at Chartres. He
tried commerce without much success, and, haunted by a desire for rapid
fortune, acquired a _maison publique_ which had fallen into bad repute
through mismanagement. Thanks to the firm control of Badeuil, and the
extraordinary activity of his wife, the establishment prospered, and in
less than twenty-five years the couple had saved three hundred thousand
francs. They were then able to realize the dream of their life, and
to retire to the country, where they purchased a property named
Roseblanche, near Madame Badeuil's native place. M. Badeuil was a
handsome man, sixty-five years of age, with a solemn face, and the air
of a retired magistrate. He was respected by his neighbours, and held
the strictest views on morality. The old couple lived in complete
happiness, their only worry being that Vaucogne, who had married their
daughter Estelle and taken over the property in Chartres, was not
managing it properly. La Terre.


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