Everything you need to understand or teach Germinal by Émile Zola.
Germinal starts when a young man by the name of Etienne Lantier arrives on foot at the Voreux pit. He is around 21-years-old, skinny but strong looking. He is greeted by a 58-year-old man nicknamed Bonnemort. The man tells him that there is no work for a mechanic in the mine. Bonnemort lives in the Village Two Hundred and Forty along with his son Maheu, Maheu's wife, and their seven children. Etienne Lantier finds work in the mine as a hewer and is integrated with the mining team that includes Maheu, Chaval and Catherine. Lantier immediately likes Catherine but Chaval sees nothing in Lantier but a competitor and a stranger who will steal the miners' salary. Two supervisors show up and after a quick inspection, they impose a fine on the team for faulty timbering. Maheu decides that the day is lost and that it is time for the team... View more of the Germinal Summary
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