A Zola Dictionary; the Characters of the Rougon-Macquart Novels of Emile Zola; eBook

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QUENU, the half-brother of Florent.  After the death of his mother, he was taken to Paris by Florent, who supported him by teaching.  He was at first idle and unsettled, but after Florent’s arrest he was taken in by his uncle Gradelle, to whose business of pork-butcher, as well as to a considerable sum of money, he ultimately succeeded.  After his uncle’s death he married Lisa Macquart, who had previously assisted in the shop, and they had a daughter, Pauline.  Business prospered, and the Quenus were soon in a position to remove to larger premises.  Florent on his return from exile was kindly received by Quenu, who later on took no part in the efforts made by his wife to induce his brother to leave voluntarily.  He was ignorant of his wife’s action with reference to the subsequent arrest of Florent.  Le Ventre de Paris.

He died of apoplexy in 1863, six months after the death of his wife, leaving a will under which M. Chanteau, his cousin became the guardian of his daughter Pauline.  La Joie de Vivre.

QUENU (MADAME LISA), wife of the preceding.  See Lisa Macquart.

QUENU (PAULINE), born 1852, daughter of Quenu, the pork-butcher, and Lisa Macquart, his wife.  A quiet, amiable child, she unwittingly gave Mlle. Saget, who bullied her, information regarding her uncle Florent’s history, which led to the clamour against him in the Market, and ultimately to his arrest.  Le Ventre de Paris.

After the death of her father, who left her a fortune of a hundred and fifty thousand francs, Pauline went in 1863 to live at Bonneville with M. Chanteau, her guardian.  She soon endeared herself to her relatives, and became much attached to her cousin Lazare.  As she grew up and her nature developed, it became more and more her pleasure to sacrifice herself to her friends.  She allowed her fortune to be squandered by the Chanteaus, and though engaged to be married to Lazare, she released him in order that he might marry another girl with whom he had become infatuated.  After his mania became acute, it was she who endeavoured to comfort him, and to dispel his unreasoning fear of death.  She never married.  La Joie de Vivre.

After the death of Chanteau, she remained at Bonneville, resolved never to marry, in order that she might devote herself entirely to Lazare’s little son, Paul.  Le Docteur Pascal.

QUINETTE, a glover in Rue Neuve Saint-Augustine, whose business was seriously affected by the competition of “The Ladies’ Paradise.”  Au Bonheur des Dames.

QUITTARD (AUGUSTE), son of Francoise Quittard.  He was a child of six years of age, who was so ill of typhoid fever that he could not be removed from Bazeilles when the place was attacked by the Prussians.  Early in the day, his mother was killed by a cannon ball, and the poor child lay for hours tossing with fever and calling for her.  He was burned to death in his bed, as the Prussians, infuriated by the length of the struggle, wantonly set fire to the village.  La debacle.

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