He had unfortunately a hidden
passion for gambling in stocks and shares, and when he died it was found
that his whole fortune had been dissipated, even his house being heavily
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.
VABRE (MADAME AUGUSTE), wife of the preceding. See Berthe Josserand.