BIJARD (MADAME) lived with her husband and their children in the same
tenement as the Coupeaus and Lorilleux. She was a hard-working woman who
did washing for Gervaise Coupeau's laundry, but her husband, a drunken
brute, abused her to such an extent that she ultimately died of injuries
received at his hands, or, more accurately, feet. The poor woman, in
order to save her husband from the scaffold, said before she died that
she had hurt herself by falling on the edge of a tub. L'Assommoir.