Germinal - Part IV: Chapter 1-7 Summary & Analysis

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Part IV: Chapter 1-7 Summary

On December 15, a day the Hennebeaus are hosting a social event for their friends, the miners go on strike. The workers end up chanting and demonstrating in front the mine director's house while their party begins. The wife of the director acts as though all this activity doesn't really concern any of them, but the miners are really having an effect on the guests and the meal is somewhat awkward. The workers demand to meet with the director; Hennebeau agrees to meet a delegation of miners.

A delegation is formed with members chosen during a meeting at Rasseneur's place. The delegation is welcomed with a bit of irony by the host, as Hennebeau tells them that he heard they were rebelling. Maheu takes the lead and ask for justice and for bread every day. He also complains about the injustice inherent...

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