Part 5, Chapter 3 Summary

At nine o’clock, the striking workers head to the Jean-Bart mine as agreed at last night’s meeting. Souvarine refuses to get involved in today’s activities, believing a group of ten people are more effective than a mob. As Lantier leaves the house, he sees Rasseneur’s wife politely but firmly scolding him. While Maheu believes the workers should keep their word and carry through on the plans they made, he fears something bad might occur. He and Lantier are obligated to be there to ensure that the workers remain lawful. Lantier insists the workers must act in a revolutionary manner but must not threaten anyone’s life.

Lantier arrives at Jean-Bart just as Levaque and a hundred others enter the yard. He hurries...

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