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

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BADEUIL (MADAME LAURE), wife of the preceding, was the youngest daughter of Joseph Casimir Fouan.  She was the sister of La Grande, of Pere Fouan, and of Michel Fouan, known as Mouche.  When her father’s estate was divided, she got no land, but received an indemnity in money instead.  After she and her husband acquired the establishment in Chartres, she assisted ably in its management.  At the time of their retirement to the country, she was a woman of sixty-two years of age, of respectable appearance and an air of religious seclusion.  She set a good example by going regularly to Mass, and paid great attention to the education of her granddaughter, Elodie, whom she endeavoured to bring up in entire ignorance of life.  She had, however, still a passion for active life, and in busy seasons frequently returned to Chartres to assist her daughter, who had taken over the establishment there.  Madame Badeuil received the greatest surprise of her life when she found that her granddaughter whom she had brought up in the innocence of ignorance, was quite aware of the source of the family fortune, and was ready to take up the work begun by her grandparents.  La Terre.

BADEUIL (ESTELLE), daughter of the preceding, was educated by the Sisters of the Visitation at Chateaudun, and at eighteen was married to Hector Vaucogne, by whom she had one daughter, Elodie.  She was thirty years of age before she had any suspicion of the calling of her parents, and at that time she took over the management of their establishment.  She proved a capable manager, and in spite of the laziness of her husband, was able to keep up the reputation of the house, though in a few years she killed herself with hard work.  La Terre.

BADINGUET, a popular nickname for Napoleon III.  It was the name of the workman whose clothes he wore when he escaped from the fortress of Ham.  Son Excellence Eugene Rougon.

BAILLEHACHE, a notary at Cloyes, was born in 1805, and succeeded to several generations of lawyers.  He had a large business amongst the peasantry, in whose quarrels he mediated with professional calmness.  He arranged the division of Fouan’s property between the various members of the old man’s family.  La Terre.

BAILLEHACHE (MADEMOISELLE), eldest sister of the preceding, was born in 1799.  She was plain-looking, but good-natured, and at thirty-two married Alexandre Hourdequin, to whom she brought a considerable dowry.  She had two children, a son and a daughter, and died in 1855.  La Terre.

BALBI (CLORINDE), daughter of Comtesse Balbi, was a lady of great beauty, but of eccentric habits.  Her position in society being precarious, she determined to establish it by a good marriage, and used every endeavour to induce Eugene Rougon to make her his wife.  Having become fascinated by her beauty and charm, he made overtures which she resisted in the belief that he would be the more certain to marry her.  He practically decided to do so, but reflection convinced

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