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Thérèse Raquin Chapter 18

By Émile Zola

Chapter 18

  • Now we're told something else that's kind of ridiculous: Thérèse and Laurent are bound together by blood and lust. So they now experience the same terrors and the same pain. 
  • They are both suffering now from constant insomnia, each haunted by thoughts of Camille's drowned body. 
  • They are both convinced that marriage is the only solution to their insomnia. 
  • (Huh?) 
  • So this dynamic duo launches a plan to convince their friends—without directly suggesting it themselves, of course—that they should get married. 
  • Because to suggest the marriage themselves would be simply uncouth, given that Camille, Thérèse's ex-husband and Laurent's close friend, is dead and all.