Part 6, Chapter 4 Summary

Lantier and Catherine leave the bar, but Lantier does not quite know what to do with her. She refuses to go to her parents’ and he does not think it is appropriate for him to take her to his underground lair. They walk in awkward silence, and Lantier is reminded of their “previous passionate desire” for each other; it was also hesitant and awkward, and he wonders if this means the passion still exists. Finally she says she should not go to his hiding place because she has a man and he also has La Mouquette, though Lantier swears he has no one special.

Catherine assures Lantier that he is not missing anything because she is not a proper woman, her puberty long delayed by the conditions in which she has lived. She...

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