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

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is not uncommon.) With fine self-sacrifice Pascal persuaded Clotilde to go to Paris to live with her brother who was wealthy and wanted her to nurse him.  Soon after her departure Pascal showed symptoms of a fatal affection of the heart, and after some weeks of great suffering telegraphed for Clotilde to come back.  One hour before her return he died.  His mother, Madame Felicite Rougon, who feared that his researches on heredity might bring scandal on the family, burned all his papers, and in one hour destroyed the work of a lifetime.  A child was born to Clotilde seven months after the death of Doctor Pascal; a child which he intensely desired, in the hope that through it might come the regeneration and rejuvenation of his race.

Zola, in an interview quoted by Mr. E. A. Vizetelly in the preface to his translation of Le Docteur Pascal (London:  Chatto & Windus), states that in this book he has been able to defend himself against all the accusations which have been brought against him.  “Pascal’s works on the members of his family,” says Zola, “is, in small, what I have attempted to do on humanity, to show all so that all may be cured.  It is not a book which, like La Debacle, will stir the passions of the mob.  It is a scientific work, the logical deduction and conclusion of all my preceding novels, and at the same time it is my speech in defence of all that I have done before the court of public opinion.”

THE ZOLA DICTIONARY

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ADELE, the girl for whom Auguste Lantier deserted Gervaise Macquart.  They lived together for seven years, a life of constant bickerings and quarrels, accompanied, not infrequently, by blows, until the connection was ended by Adele running away.  Her sister was Virginie, with whom Gervaise fought in the public washing-house on the day of her desertion by Lantier.  L’Assommoir.

ADELE, maid-servant to the Josserands, and one of Hector Trublot’s friends.  Pot-Bouille.

ADELE, an assistant in the shop of Quenu, the pork-butcher.  It was she who took charge of the shop on the sudden death of her master.  And subsequently sent Pauline Quenu to Madame Chanteau.  La Joie de Vivre.

ADOLPHE, an artillery driver in the same battery as Honore Fouchard.  In accordance with a rule of the French artillery, under which a driver and a gunner are coupled, he messed with Louis, the gunner, whom, however, he was inclined to treat as a servant.  At the battle of Sedan, before the Calvary d’Illy, where the French were almost exterminated by the Prussian artillery, Adolphe fell, killed by a wound in the chest; in a last convulsion he clasped in his arms Louis, who had fallen at the same moment, killed by the same shot.  La Debacle.

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