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. . .So I inform myself in the matter of those around me.

"You want to see the greasers' work? Here I am," said Marcassin, surnamed Pétrolus. "I'm the lamp-man. Before that I was a greaser. Is that any better? Can't say. It's here that that goes on, look—there. My place you'll find at night by letting your nose guide you."

The truth is that the corner of the factory to which he leads me has an aggressive smell. The shapeless walls of this sort of grotto are adorned with shelves full of leaking lamps—lamps dirty as beasts. In a bucket there are old wicks and other departed things. At the foot of a wooden cupboard which looks like iron are lamp glasses in paper shirts; and farther away, groups of oil-drums. All is dilapidated and ruinous; all is dark in this angle of the great building where light is elaborated. The specter of a huge window stands yonder. The panes only half appear; so encrusted are they they might be co. . . Read More

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France at the turn of the century was like many Western societies at that time. The industrial revolution had sunk it's teeth into the culture, and when it started to falter, it dragged the working class down within its clutches. The aristocracy remains relatively unaffected except by the increase o

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The story of a man who is a manager at a factory. A good company man. WW1 results in the men of the town being called up for service including the main character. He is thrust into the horror of the trenches and the experience of the war opens his eyes to the injustices of his society. He is transfo

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