Au bonheur des dames

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Author: Émile Zola
Published: 1883
Language: French
Wordcount: 161,499 / 538 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 6,818
Added to site: 2005.10.11
mnybks.net#: 11269
Origin: gutenberg.org
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r Denise derrière le comptoir. Aussitôt, Pépé monta sur les genoux de sa soeur, tandis que Jean, adossé contre une boiserie, se tenait près d'elle. Ils se rassuraient, regardaient la boutique, où leurs yeux s'habituaient à l'obscurité. Maintenant, ils la voyaient, avec son plafond bas et enfumé, ses comptoirs de chêne polis par l'usage, ses casiers séculaires aux fortes ferrures. Des ballots de marchandises sombres montaient jusqu'aux solives. L'odeur des draps et des teintures, une odeur âpre de chimie, semblait décuplée par l'humidité du plancher. Au fond, deux commis et une demoiselle rangeaient des pièces de flanelle blanche.

-- Peut-être ce petit monsieur-là prendrait-il volontiers quelque chose? dit Mme Baudu en souriant à Pépé.

-- Non, merci, répondit Denise. Nous avons bu une tasse de lait dans un café, devant la gare.

Et, comme Geneviève regardait le léger paquet qu'elle avait posé par terre, elle ajouta:

-- J'ai laissé notre malle là-bas.

Elle rougissait, elle comprenait qu'on ne tomb

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