Every Thursday evening, the Raquin family entertains four guests in their living room above the haberdashery shop: Michaud (a police commissioner and Mme Raquin's old friend), Olivier (Michaud's son), Suzanne (Olivier's wife), and Grivet (a friend of Camille).
Mme Raquin serves everyone tea, and they sit around the table, playing dominoes in silence. Sounds like a real rager, are we right?
Thérèse hates these Thursday evenings. She often uses The Headache Excuse to get out of playing.
Sometimes she even suffers hallucinations that she's being buried alive in a vault. Yikes.
Occasionally, the front doorbell rings during the dreaded Thursday night extravaganzas, and Thérèse eagerly goes downstairs to the shop to attend to a customer.
But Camille gets annoyed with her if she stays away too long.
Since her whole life is pretty sad and terrible, Thérèse spends the rest of the evening slumped in a chair, holding her cat in her arms.