HENNEBEAU (MADAME), wife of the preceding, was the daughter of a rich
spinner at Arras. She did not get on well with her husband, whom she
despised for his small success, and after she accompanied him to
Paris she entered into a notorious liaison with a man whose subsequent
desertion nearly killed her. For a time after their removal to
Montsou she seemed more contented, but this did not last long, and she
ultimately consoled herself with her husband's nephew, Paul Negrel.
She was angry at the strikers, as they interfered with the arrival
of provisions for a dinner-party which she was giving; but she was
incapable of understanding the sufferings of the miners and their
families in the hardships they were forced to undergo. Germinal.