It was first serialized in the periodical Gil Blas and published in novel form by Charpentier in The novel is set in the world of the department store , an innovative development in mid-nineteenth century retail sales. Au Bonheur des Dames is a sequel to Pot-Bouille. Now a widower, Octave has expanded the business into an international retail powerhouse occupying, at the beginning of the book, the greater part of an entire city block. The novel tells the story of Denise Baudu, a year-old woman from Valognes who comes to Paris with her younger brothers and begins working as a saleswoman at the department store "Au Bonheur des Dames".
Emile Zola, Au Bonheur des Dames : résumé chapitre par chapitre et analyse
Résumé chapitre par chapitre de Au bonheur des Dames - Émile Zola
Everyone expected to reach the large town of Selymbria today, through which they had fled in such haste four months before. He remembered straining, packed shoulder-to-shoulder with a dozen other men, pushing it back onto the road while rain bit his eyes and his boots slurped into clinging black mud. His riders were turning, swinging away from the road and into a field of wheat stubble. I wrapped a strip over their mouths.
Au Bonheur des Dames, Émile Zola
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