BOURDONCLE, the son of a poor farmer near Limoges, started at "The
Ladies' Paradise" at the same time as Octave Mouret. He was very active
and intelligent, but he lacked that touch of genius possessed by his
companion, before whom he had bowed from the first. Acting on Mouret's
advice, he put all his savings into the business, and, after passing
through the various grades, he became in time one of the six persons who
assisted Mouret to govern "The Ladies' Paradise," exercising a general
control of the whole staff. Au Bonheur des Dames.