Random Quote #54 topic: zola-dictionary, A Zola Dictionary; the Characters of the Rougon-Macquart Novels of Emile Zola, Patterson, J. G

BADEUIL (MADAME LAURE), wife of the preceding, was the youngest daughter
of Joseph Casimir Fouan. She was the sister of La Grande, of Pere Fouan,
and of Michel Fouan, known as Mouche. When her father's estate was
divided, she got no land, but received an indemnity in money instead.
After she and her husband acquired the establishment in Chartres, she
assisted ably in its management. At the time of their retirement to
the country, she was a woman of sixty-two years of age, of respectable
appearance and an air of religious seclusion. She set a good example by
going regularly to Mass, and paid great attention to the education of
her granddaughter, Elodie, whom she endeavoured to bring up in entire
ignorance of life. She had, however, still a passion for active life,
and in busy seasons frequently returned to Chartres to assist her
daughter, who had taken over the establishment there. Madame Badeuil
received the greatest surprise of her life when she found that her
granddaughter whom she had brought up in the innocence of ignorance, was
quite aware of the source of the family fortune, and was ready to take
up the work begun by her grandparents. La Terre.


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