Study Guide

Thérèse Raquin Chapter 8

By Émile Zola

Chapter 8

  • Laurent is perfectly content with his new life: he is the lover of his friend's wife, and Mme Raquin spoils him with her attentions.  
  • What's to be upset about? 
  • For her part, Thérèse takes delight in deceiving Camille and Mme Raquin.  
  • On the surface, she remains the same calm, passive, boring Thérèse. But she is secretly ecstatic that Laurent is her lover. 
  • Things go on like this for eight months.