Random Quote #47 topic: zola-dictionary, A Zola Dictionary; the Characters of the Rougon-Macquart Novels of Emile Zola, Patterson, J. G

GRANDE (LA), elder daughter of Joseph Casimir Fouan, and sister of Pere
Fouan, Michel Mouche, and Laure Badeuil. Married to a neighbour, Antoine
Pechard, she brought to him seven acres of land against eighteen which
he had of his own. Early left a widow, she turned out her only daughter,
who, against her mother's will, wished to marry a poor lad named Vincent
Bouteroue. The girl and her husband died of want, leaving two children,
Palmyre and Hilarion, whom their grandmother refused to assist. At
eighty years of age, respected and feared by the Fouan family, not for
her age but for her fortune, she exacted the obedience of all, and still
directed the management of her land. She bitterly reproached her brother
Louis for dividing his property between his children, and warned him
that he need not come to her when they had turned him into the street, a
threat which she carried into effect. She took delight in the squabbles
of the Fouan family, exciting their cupidity by promising them a share
of her property at her death. Meantime she made a will which was so
complicated that she hoped it would lead to endless lawsuits amongst her
heirs. La Terre.


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