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Thérèse Raquin Chapter 10

By Émile Zola

Chapter 10

  • Three weeks pass without Thérèse and Laurent hanging out. Tragedy, we know. 
  • One Thursday evening, Michaud tells everyone about a horrible murder case. He laments about how many murderers escape justice.  
  • Grivet and Olivier join in the debate, arguing that the murderer always gets caught eventually. Michaud still insists that sometimes the police are powerless. 
  • Thérèse and Laurent don't say a word during this whole conversation, but their eyes meet across the table. 
  • Their murderous, homicidal-maniac eyes.