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Thérèse Raquin Chapter 12

By Émile Zola

Chapter 12

  • Thérèse remains in Saint Ouen overnight, while Laurent takes a cab to Michaud's house. Michaud is having dinner with Olivier and Suzanne. 
  • Laurent tells Michaud about Camille's "accident," and asks Michaud to help him break the bad news to Mme Raquin.  
  • They all go with Laurent to the haberdashery shop. Much to Laurent's relief, Michaud says it's probably better for Laurent to let him speak to Mme Raquin alone.  
  • Mme Raquin is devastated by her son's death. 
  • Suzanne does her best to comfort the woman. 
  • The next morning, Laurent accompanies Thérèse back to the Passage du Pont Neuf. The two hardly speak on the journey back. 
  • Murder has a way of killing the mood. (Ba-dum-TSH.)