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Thérèse Raquin Chapter 7

By Émile Zola

Chapter 7

  • Laurent and Thérèse become lovers. Since Thérèse cannot leave the shop, Laurent comes through the alleyway, and Thérèse opens the staircase door to let him into the bedroom. 
  • They quickly develop an insatiable lust for each other. (Insert 1980s porn music here.) 
  • On one fine day of love-making, Mme Raquin almost walks in on the two, but Thérèse manages to divert her attention. 
  • Another time Thérèse and Laurent are getting it on, Thérèse notices the cat (François) watching them. She jokes that if the cat could talk, it could reveal their affair.  
  • Laurent doesn't find the joke all that funny. He's unnerved by François's big green eyes. 
  • Creepy cat is creepy