Au Bonheur Des Dames = the Ladies' Delight Topics for Discussion

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Discuss the idea of inherited traits. Give examples of characters who show inherited or acquired traits, as well as characters who show inherited physical traits.

Mouret argues that the middle class finds a better life through the department store and its marked prices. Madame Marty is the representative of the middle class. Does she really have a better life?

Discuss the role of luck in Mouret's success and Baudu's failure.

How does the department store act as a new religion? Discuss examples of viewpoints of different characters on this issue.

What do the characters who resist gain? What do the characters who give in or give up gain? Discuss.

How is working in a department store like slavery? How does this affect the discussions of class?

What role do gossip and public perception play in the novel's plots and themes?

Explain the novel's presentation of the idea...

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