By Emile Zola
Via attraction, force, and diligent attempt Octave Mouret has turn into the director of 1 of the best new department shops in Paris, Au Bonheur des Dames. Supremely conscious of the ability of his place, Mouret seeks to take advantage of the will that his luxuriantly displayed item arouses within the girls who store, and the aspirations of the younger woman assistants he employs. Charting the beginnings of the capitalist economic system and bourgeois society, Zola captures in lavish aspect the grasping shoppers and gossiping employees, and the obsession with photo, type, and gratification that was once a phenomenon of nineteenth-century French client society. Of all Zola's novels, this can be the single with the main relevance for our personal time.