Baccara

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Author: Hector Malot
Published: 1886
Language: French
Wordcount: 98,800 / 332 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,687
Added to site: 2006.08.23
mnybks.net#: 14357
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eux fils: Constant, l'aîné, chef de la maison d'Elbeuf, et Jean, le cadet, qui, au lieu de s'associer avec son frère, avait fondé à Paris une importante maison de laines en gros, si importante qu'elle avait des comptoirs de vente au Havre et à Roubaix, d'achat à Buenos-Ayres, à Moscou, à Odessa, à Saratoff. Celui-là n'avait que le nom des Adeline; en réalité, c'était un ambitieux et un aventureux; la fortune gagnée dans le commerce petit à petit lui paraissait misérable, il lui fallait celle que donne en quelques coups hardis la spéculation. S'il avait vécu, peut-être l'eût-il réalisée. Mais, surpris par la mort, il avait laissé de grosses, de très grosses affaires engagées qui s'étaient liquidées par la ruine complète--la sienne, celle de sa femme, celle de sa mère. A la vérité, elles pouvai

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