Random Quote #71 topic: zola-dictionary, A Zola Dictionary; the Characters of the Rougon-Macquart Novels of Emile Zola, Patterson, J. G

ROUGON (MARTHE), born 1820, daughter of Pierre Rougon; married in 1840
her cousin Francois Rougon; had three children. La Fortune des Rougon.

She accompanied her husband to Marseilles, where by close attention
to business they accumulated a fortune in fifteen years, returning to
Plassans at the end of that period and settling down there. Her life at
Plassans was a happy one until the household fell under the influence of
Abbe Faujas. From the first she was in love with the priest, and as
he gave her no encouragement in this, she devoted herself to church
services to the entire neglect of her household and family. As time went
on, her passion for the Abbe grew more extreme, and her health became
undermined to a serious extent. She became subject to fits of an
epileptic nature, and having injured herself in some of these, she
allowed the injuries to be attributed to her husband, whom she had now
grown to regard as an encumbrance. Though she was aware that he was not
insane, she allowed him to be removed to an asylum, where confinement
soon completed the work begun by her own conduct. The Abbe Faujas having
resolutely resisted her advances, her health became still worse, and she
died in her mother's house on the same night that her husband escaped
from the asylum and burned down their old home. La Conquete de Plassans.


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