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CHAVAL, a miner employed at the Voreux pit. From the first he had an
instinctive hatred towards Etienne Lantier, caused partly by jealousy
regarding Catherine Maheu, whose lover he became. He treated the girl
very badly, and she ultimately left him. During the strike he took up a
position antagonistic to Lantier, who was one of the leaders, and
even undertook the direction of a party of Belgians brought in by the
mine-owners to work the pits. By a strange chance, Chaval met Lantier
and Catherine in a gallery of the pit after a terrible accident, which
resulted in its being flooded; a struggle followed, and Chaval was
killed, his body being thrown into the water. But the rise of the flood
brought him back time after time to the feet of the others, as if his
jealousy continued even after death. Germinal.



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