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Thérèse Raquin Chapter 20

By Émile Zola

Chapter 20

  • On the day of the wedding, Laurent notices that his scar is burning again but he tries to ignore it. 
  • The ceremony goes smoothly, and the reception is a family affair: the Michauds and Grivet are the only guests. 
  • Even though Thérèse and Laurent have waited so long to be married, their joy quickly turns to trepidation. 
  • The two feel that there is a large gulf separating them, and the powerful, rip-each-other's-clothes-off lust they once felt has disappeared. 
  • Aw, shucks. 
  • When the time comes for Laurent to go to his wife's bedroom, he feels uneasy. 
  • We're guessing their wedding night is not the best night of their lives.