DANSAERT, a head captain in the Voreux pit. He was brutal and
overbearing with the workmen, but humble in the presence of his
superiors. Though it was well known that he was the lover of La
Pierronne, he was friendly with her husband, and got information from
him regarding the progress of the strike. On the day of the accident
in the pit he became mad with fear, and leaped into one of the cages,
leaving his men at the bottom. This action, together with the scandals
regarding him, caused the company to decide on his dismissal. Germinal.