Random Quote #74 topic: zola-dictionary, A Zola Dictionary; the Characters of the Rougon-Macquart Novels of Emile Zola, Patterson, J. G

WEISS, husband of Henriette Levasseur, and cousin of Otto Gunther. He
got a situation in the refinery at Chene-Populeux, almost in a menial
position, but he gradually educated himself, and by dint of hard work
raised himself to the position of accountant. A clear-headed man, he
early saw the causes that were to lead to the downfall of his country,
and expressed himself strongly regarding the unprepared state of the
army. Weiss lived at Sedan, but in 1870 he had just bought a little
house at Bazeilles, where he slept the night before the battle. He was
frantic at the idea that the Prussians might pillage and perhaps destroy
the dwelling so long desired and so hardly acquired, and when the
attack was made he took an active part in the fighting. Captured by the
Prussians, and being a civilian, he was at once condemned to be shot,
and the sentence was carried out before the eyes of his wife, who had
come from Sedan to look for him. La Debacle.


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