Jean is a 40 year old civil servant in 1880's Paris. He is friendless, familyless and single. He rails against the misery of his life. He survives the drudgery of his job by going for walks in the evening and eating out at a bad local eatery. But when he tires of this he sets out further afield and explores other restaurants but they are equally squalid and the food dismal. He is however almost content in his lonely existence and is happy not to be trapped in a marriage. An acquaintance takes him out one night and they eat in a student filled table d'hotes and then go to the theatre. But both are terrible for Jean and he excuses himself. He is so relieved when he finds a patisserie which delivers dinner to ones home. He does up his room with the last of his savings in anticipation of eating alone at home. But the food is just as dreadful and he falls back into melancholia. Then he meets a prostitute but predictably this fills him with distaste and depression.
This report prepared by John Marcel