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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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  • 18 - Chapter IV, part five

18 - Chapter IV, part five

Thursday 1st January 1970

Explore the harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris in L'Assommoir by Émile Zola. Discover how Gervaise's influence avoided the first quarrel between the couple and how Madame Gouger helped her dishes.
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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)
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The Slow Victory of Laziness in L'Assommoir by Émile Zola

During The First Years following his marriage, he had avoided them thanks to Gervaise's influence.
In the fifth part of Chapter IV in L'Assommoir by Émile Zola, the slow victory of laziness takes advantage of Gervaise's convalescence to obtain possession of his body and unnerve him with its tickling. Étienne, the zinc-worker, had passed the afternoon with the loreleur, which caused the first quarrel between the couple. However, during the first years following his marriage, he had avoided them thanks to Gervaise's influence.
Sometimes, when Gervaise seemed to have too much to do, Madame Gouger helped her dishes or cleaned the kitchen herself. Gervaise pretended to have a terrible headache and kept the door closed so that the Gouger couldn't hear Coupeau's drunken babblings. Read on to discover how Madame Gouger helped Gervaise's household, and how Émile Zola's masterpiece explores the harsh realities of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris.