Random Quote #44 topic: zola-dictionary, A Zola Dictionary; the Characters of the Rougon-Macquart Novels of Emile Zola, Patterson, J. G

PALOQUE, a judge. He and his wife were said to be the ugliest couple in
Plassans, and in addition were far from popular. Madame Mouret having
asked the assistance of Madame Paloque in connection with the Home for
Girls proposed by Abbe Faujas, she agreed to act on the Committee, and
became Treasurer. At the opening ceremony, however, the Bishop omitted
to make reference to her services, and she took great offence, becoming
afterwards very irregular in her work, and declining to perform any
duties that she did not fancy. This ultimately led to the appointment of
a paid Secretary for the institution, Honore Trouche, the brother-in-law
of Abbe Faujas being selected. The Paloques were antagonistic to Faujas,
but on getting a hint from Madame de Condamin that he had the backing of
the Government and would see that they were rewarded, they came over
to his side, and assisted him in "the conquest of Plassans" by the
Bonapartist candidate. La Conquete de Plassans.


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