L'Oeuvre

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Author: Émile Zola
Published: 1886
Language: French
Wordcount: 141,959 / 477 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,475
Added to site: 2006.01.16
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e. De l'eau avait coulé, les vêtements étaient trempés encore. Et, tout en étouffant des grognements, il finit par les ramasser, un à un, et par les étendre sur des chaises, au grand soleil. S'il était permis de tout jeter ainsi à la débandade! Jamais ça ne serait sec, jamais elle ne s'en irait! Il tournait et retournait maladroitement ces chiffons de femme, s'embarrassait dans le corsage de laine noire, cherchait à quatre pattes les bas, tombés derrière une vieille toile. C'étaient des bas de fil d'Écosse, d'un gris cendré, longs et fins, qu'il examina, avant de les pendre. Le bord de la robe les avait mouillés, eux aussi; et il les étira, il les passa entre ses mains chaudes, pour la renvoyer plus vite.

Depuis qu'il était debout, Claude avait envie d'écarter le paravent et de voir. Cette curiosité, qu'il jugeait bête, redoublait sa mauvaise humeur. Enfin, avec son haussement d'épaules habituel, il empoignait ses brosses, lorsqu'il y eut des mots balbutiés, au milieu d'un grand froissement de linges; et l

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