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Antoine Richis Character Analysis

The father of Laure Richis. He is a high-ranking official in Grasse and a learned, modern man. He catches on to the impetus behind Grenouille's serial murders of the girls in Grasse and realizes Laure must also be a target. Though he's heartbroken at her death, when he smells the perfume Grenouille creates with her scent, he is instrumental in saving Grenouille from execution and asks to adopt him as a son.

Antoine Richis Quotes in Perfume

The Perfume quotes below are all either spoken by Antoine Richis or refer to Antoine Richis. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Publisher edition of Perfume published in 0.
Part 3, Chapter 48 Quotes

He was also disgusted by the murderer. He did not want to regard him as a human being, but only as a victim to be slaughtered.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille, Laure Richis, Antoine Richis
Page Number: 232
Explanation and Analysis:

Following Laure's murder, Grenouille is arrested, tried, and sentenced to a gruesome death. While Grasse prepares for the execution as if for a festival, in his grief Richis experiences only sadness, failure, and disgust at the murderer.

While Richis is developed primarily as one of the "good guys" in the novel, Süskind also draws a number of comparisons between Richis and Grenouille. In this instance, Richis wishes to be able to regard Grenouille in the exact same way that Grenouille thinks of his victims—as something less than human, a creature that needs to die in order to accomplish a goal.

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Antoine Richis Character Timeline in Perfume

The timeline below shows where the character Antoine Richis appears in Perfume. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3, Chapter 41
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Power and Control Theme Icon
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Scent, Sight, and the Grotesque Theme Icon
One man in Grasse, Antoine Richis, doesn't trust the peace. He's a widower who intends to remarry so that he can... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 42
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However, one day in March, Richis sits in his salon and watches Laure walk in the garden. She disappears behind a... (full context)
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Richis thinks that he never believed the rumor that the murderer had left the town, and... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 43
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In the middle of the night, Richis wakes his servants and tells them he plans to take Laure to Grenoble. They leave... (full context)
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The narrator says that while the plan was well thought out and Richis' logic is sound, Richis and Laure are traveling too slowly for Laure to be considered... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 44
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While Laure and Richis are leaving town, Grenouille is in the Arnulfi workshop processing jonquils, in good spirits because... (full context)
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...Laure is gone and panics momentarily. Druot returns from lunch and mentions in passing that Richis and his daughter left for Grenoble that morning. Grenouille runs out of one of the... (full context)
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...a journeyman tanner, and they offer him a stall in the barn. Two hours later, Richis and Laure arrive at the inn. Upon hearing there is a tanner sleeping in the... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 46
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A scullery maid notices the ladder a while later but thinks nothing of it. Richis awakens hours later to bright sunlight, after sleeping soundly for the first time in months.... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 47
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...following the posting of arrest warrants, and the offer of a reward is made on Richis's behalf. Grenouille is not one of the original suspects. Finally, however, Grenouille is arrested. The... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 48
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At Richis' house, he forbids such preparations and feels disgust at the people's glee. Having been given... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 49
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...and his henchmen set up the cross. The grandstands begin to fill at four, and Richis and the bishop appear last. (full context)
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...rise again, more terrifying than the dream, though, as this is real life. Grenouille sees Richis running towards him and thinks that Richis will kill him, but Richis embraces him and... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 50
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When Grenouille wakes, he finds himself in Laure Richis's bed. Richis himself sits next to the bed. Before even opening his eyes, Grenouille smells... (full context)