VABRE (AUGUSTE), eldest son of M. Vabre, carried on a silk merchant's
business in part of the premises which belonged to his father. He
married Berthe Josserand, but as he suffered much from neuralgia, and
was, in addition, of a niggardly disposition, the marriage was not a
happy one. An intrigue between Madame Vabre and Octave Mouret followed,
and on its discovery she returned to her parents. For a considerable
time Vabre refused to forgive his wife, but a reconciliation was
ultimately brought about through the intervention of Abbe Mauduit.
Vabre's fortunes were adversely affected by the extension of Madame
Hedouin's business, known as "The Ladies' Paradise." Pot-Bouille.
The rapid success of Octave Mouret's business led to the ruin of Vabre,
a result to which the extravagance of his wife also contributed. Au
Bonheur des Dames.