Germinal is the story of the poor coal miners who unite to strike against the privileged capitalists who oppress them. A strike has been called and the mines are not being worked; a contingent of miners is expected at the home of the mine manager to make their demands. But in the meantime, Zola provides this scene; First, look how skilled Émile Zola is as a writer. This would make a wonderful scene in a stage play. Then stop and consider what is being related and compare it to the current situation in the world, especially in the United States, with the destruction of represented labor and the obscene difference between the corporate leaders and the workers who actually make the good life possible for the greedy capitalists.