Part 4, Chapter 4 Summary

The entire town of Montsou is now desolate and deserted, and Widow Desire is happy to do anything she can to take some revenge on “the men in blue” (anyone in authority), and she has even offered to host the meeting in her Jolly Fellow bar. The next day Lantier brings her fifty letters to sign and send to all the mines, to those who were part of the deputation, and to anyone who is clearly in favor of the strike. To outsiders, they would be coming to discuss the strike; in reality, they are coming to hear Pluchart’s speech about joining the International Workers’ Association as a group.

On Thursday morning, Lantier is worried because Pluchart has not yet arrived. The widow has converted the dance-hall to a...

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