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What mine does Monsieur Hennebeau own in Germinal by Émile Zola?

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Monsieur Hennebeau is manager and part owner of Le Voreux in Germinal by Émile Zola. It is the central mining operation of the novel, the place we learn so well because the primary characters of the story work there and it is the mine from which the strike emanates.

When Étienne Lantier is walking away from his old life, he walks until he arrives at something new, and the mine is it. He is walking in the early morning hours, cold and jobless, and he sees the smoke from the mining operation at Le Voreux. 

The Voreux was now emerging from the gloom. Étienne, who forgot himself before the stove, warming his poor bleeding hands, looked round and could see each part of the pit: the shed tarred with siftings, the pit-frame, the vast chamber of the winding machine, the square turret of the exhaustion pump. This pit, piled up in the bottom of a hollow, with its squat...

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