Part 4, Chapter 3 Summary

After a fortnight, the number of mine workers is decreasing. They had planned to go back to work, but the Company’s intransigence has caused the worker’s resolve to strengthen—and the strike is spreading.

La Voreux seems lifeless; Village Two Hundred and Forty also seems lifeless. Though a police presence was sent, the strikers remained perfectly calm and eventually the officers left. “Never has a village set a better example” of propriety in such circumstances. The men sleep all day to avoid going out drinking, and the women consume only coffee and remain reasonable, less obsessed with feuding and gossiping. Even the children seem to understand and conduct their play without any noise. All of them understand...

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