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ROBINEAU, "second hand" in the silk department at "The Ladies'
Paradise." As the result of a conspiracy among his subordinates, he was
dismissed, and soon afterwards bought the business of M. Vincard, a silk
merchant, with money belonging to his wife. His capital was inadequate,
but M. Gaujean, a silk manufacturer who had quarrelled with Octave
Mouret, promised to give him unlimited credit. Robineau's intention was
to break up the monopoly of the cheaper class of silks which Mouret had
secured, but he soon found that each reduction in price which he made
was met by a still larger one. As he had no other departments out of
which to average his profits, ruin inevitably followed, and he attempted
to commit suicide by throwing himself under an omnibus; his injuries
were not serious, however, and he ultimately recovered. Au Bonheur des
Dames.



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