The Attack on the Mill: And Other Sketches of War

William Heinemann
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Dec 31, 1892
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THAT morning, in the little pavilion of Chantebled, on the verge of the woods, where they had now been installed for nearly a month, Mathieu was making all haste in order that he might catch the seven-o'clock train which every day conveyed him from Janville to Paris. It was already half-past six, and there were fully two thousand paces from the pavilion to Janville. Afterwards came a railway journey of three-quarters of an hour, and another journey of at least equal duration through Paris, from the Northern Railway terminus to the Boulevard de Grenelle. He seldom reached his office at the factory before half-past eight o'clock.

He had just kissed the children. Fortunately they were asleep; otherwise they would have linked their arms about his neck, laughed and kissed him, being ever unwilling to let him go. And as he hastily returned to the principal bedroom, he found his wife, Marianne, in bed there, but awake and sitting up. She had risen a moment before in order to pull back a curtain, and all the glow of that radiant May morning swept in, throwing a flood of gay sunshine over the fresh and healthy beauty of her four-and-twenty years. He, who was three years the elder, positively adored her.

"You know, my darling," said he, "I must make haste, for I fear I may miss the train—and so manage as well as you can. You still have thirty sous left, haven't you?"

She began to laugh, looking charming with her bare arms and her loose-flowing dark hair. The ever-recurring pecuniary worries of the household left her brave and joyous. Yet she had been married at seventeen, her husband at twenty, and they already had to provide for four children....

For the first time in the English language, Delphi Classics is proud to present the complete works of the French master Émile Zola. This monumental eBook features beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and a wealth of Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Zola’s life and works

* Concise introductions to the novels and other works

* The complete Rougon-Macquart cycle, as well as all the other novels and series

* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Many rare novels, including the author’s scandalous first novel, appear here for the first time in digital print

* The complete short stores, including Zola’s first book STORIES FOR NINON – first time in digital print

* Includes Zola’s famous ‘J’ACCUSE!’, with explanatory introduction

* Special criticism section, with essays by famous writers such as Henry James and James Joyce, evaluating Zola’s contribution to literature

* Features a biography by Zola’s English translator – follow Zola’s literary life when fleeing France for safety in England

* Also includes a special resources section, with the detailed listing of the Rougon-Macquart family tree, as well as an index of the main characters and locations in the twenty-novel series


* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

 

CONTENTS:

 

The Early Novels

CLAUDE’S CONFESSION

THE DEAD WOMAN’S WISH

THE MYSTERY OF MARSEILLE

THERESE RAQUIN

MADELEINE FERAT

 

The Rougon-Macquart Cycle

THE FORTUNE OF THE ROUGONS

THE KILL

THE FAT AND THE THIN

THE CONQUEST OF PLASSANS

ABBE MOURET’S TRANSGRESSION

HIS EXCELLENCY EUGENE ROUGON

THE DRAM SHOP

A LOVE EPISODE

NANA

PIPING HOT

THE LADIES’ PARADISE

THE JOY OF LIFE

GERMINAL

HIS MASTERPIECE

THE EARTH

THE DREAM

THE HUMAN BEAST

MONEY

THE DOWNFALL

DOCTOR PASCAL

 

The Three Cities

LOURDES

ROME

PARIS

 

The Four Gospels

FRUITFULNESS

LABOUR

TRUTH

 

The Short Stories

STORIES FOR NINON

NEW STORIES FOR NINON

PARISIAN SKETCHES

THE ATTACK ON THE MILL

THE FLOOD

CAPTAIN BURLE

THE MILLER’S DAUGHTER

THE DEATH OF OLIVIER BECAILLE

NAÏS MICOULIN

 

J’Accuse !

I ACCUSE…!

 

The Criticism

ÉMILE ZOLA by Henry James

THE ZOLA CONTROVERSY by G. K. Chesterton

M. ZOLA by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

An Extract from ‘MY LITERARY PASSIONS’ by William Dean Howells

ÉMILE ZOLA by William Dean Howells

ZOLA by Henryk Sienkiewicz

BORLASE AND SON by James Joyce

 

The Biography

WITH ZOLA IN ENGLAND by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly

 

Resources

THE ROUGON-MACQUART FAMILY TREE

INDEX OF CHARACTERS IN THE ROUGON-MACQUART SERIES

INDEX OF LOCATIONS IN THE ROUGON-MACQUART SERIES
This carefully crafted ebook: “The Complete Rougon-Macquart Cycle (All 20 Unabridged Novels in one volume)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents.
Les Rougon-Macquart is the collective title given to a cycle of twenty novels by French writer Émile Zola. Subtitled Histoire naturelle et sociale d'une famille sous le Second Empire (Natural and social history of a family under the Second Empire), it follows the life of a fictional family living during the Second French Empire (1852–1870) and is an example of French naturalism.

Table of Contents:
1.La Fortune des Rougon (1871)
2.La Curée (1871-2)
3.Le Ventre de Paris (1873)
4.La Conquête de Plassans (1874)
5.La Faute de l'Abbé Mouret (1875)
6.Son Excellence Eugène Rougon (1876)
7.L'Assommoir (1877)
8.Une Page d'amour (1878)
9.Nana (1880)
10.Pot-Bouille (1882)
11.Au Bonheur des Dames (1883)
12.La Joie de vivre (1884)
13.Germinal (1885)
14.L'Œuvre (1886)
15.La Terre (1887)
16.Le Rêve (1888)
17.La Bête humaine (1890)
18.L'Argent (1891)
19.La Débâcle (1892)
20.Le Docteur Pascal (1893)

The series began with La Fortune des Rougon (The Fortune of the Rougons), which introduces the Rougons and the Macquarts. Zola examines the impact of environment by varying the social, economic, and professional milieu in which each novel takes place. La Curée (The Kill) explores the land speculation and financial dealings that accompanied the renovation of Paris during the Second Empire. Le Ventre de Paris (Savage Paris; also translated as The Fat and the Thin) examines the structure of the Halles, the vast central marketplace of Paris. Son Excellence Eugène Rougon (His Excellency Eugène Rougon) traces the machinations and maneuverings of cabinet officials in Napoleon III’s government.
L’Assommoir ( Drunkard) shows the effects of alcoholism in a working-class neighbourhood by focusing on the rise and decline of a laundress, Gervaise Macquart. Nana follows the life of Gervaise’s daughter as her economic circumstances and hereditary penchants lead her to a career as an actress, then a courtesan. Au Bonheur des dames (Ladies’ Delight) depicts the mechanisms of a new economic entity, the department store, and its impact on smaller merchants.
Germinal depicts life in a mining community by highlighting relations between the bourgeoisie and the working class. A quite different work, L’Oeuvre (The Masterpiece), explores the milieu of the art world and the relationships among the arts through an examination of the friendship between an Impressionist painter, Claude Lantier, and a naturalist novelist, Pierre Sandoz.
In La Terre (Earth) Zola depicts what he considered to be the sordid lust for land among the French peasantry. In La Bête humaine (The Human Beast) he analyzes the hereditary urge to kill that haunts the Lantier branch of the family. La Débâcle (The Debacle) traces both the defeat of the French army by the Germans at the Battle of Sedan in 1870 and the anarchist uprising of the Paris Commune. Finally, in Le Docteur Pascal (Doctor Pascal) he uses the main character, the doctor Pascal Rougon, armed with a genealogical tree of the Rougon-Macquart family published with the novel, to expound the theories of heredity underlying the entire series.

Émile Zola (1840 – 1902), French novelist, critic, and political activist who was the most prominent French novelist of the late 19th century. He was noted for his theories of naturalism, which underlie his monumental 20-novel series Les Rougon-Macquart, and for his intervention in the Dreyfus Affair through his famous open letter, “J’accuse.”
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