Perfume

Perfume

Father Terrier Character Analysis

The monk who handles Grenouille's return to the local cloister by Jeanne Bussie. He despises technical details and difficulties and is in charge of administering the cloister's charities. He's of the belief that children cannot be possessed by the devil due to their undeveloped souls, but admits that there's something strange about the infant Grenouille.

Father Terrier Quotes in Perfume

The Perfume quotes below are all either spoken by Father Terrier or refer to Father Terrier. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Publisher edition of Perfume published in 0.
Part 1, Chapter 3 Quotes

Wasn't it Horace himself who wrote, “The youth is gamy as a buck, the maiden's fragrance blossoms as does the white narcissus...”?—and the Romans knew all about that! The odor of humans is always a fleshy odor—that is, a sinful odor. How could an infant, which does not yet know sin even in its dreams, have an odor? How could it smell?

Related Characters: Father Terrier (speaker), Jean-Baptise Grenouille, Jeanne Bussie
Page Number: 16
Explanation and Analysis:

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Father Terrier Character Timeline in Perfume

The timeline below shows where the character Father Terrier appears in Perfume. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2
Growing Up and Becoming Human Theme Icon
Upward Mobility and Social Movement Theme Icon
...Jeanne Bussie stands at the gates of the cloister of Saint-Merri with a market basket. Father Terrier opens the door, and Bussie explains that the basket contains Grenouille. When Father Terrier inspects... (full context)
Growing Up and Becoming Human Theme Icon
Power and Control Theme Icon
Scent, Sight, and the Grotesque Theme Icon
As Father Terrier stands up he notices that Jeanne Bussie smells of milk and cheesy wool. He tries... (full context)
Power and Control Theme Icon
Upward Mobility and Social Movement Theme Icon
Scent, Sight, and the Grotesque Theme Icon
Father Terrier , growing angry at Jeanne Bussie, turns the argument into a theological one. Bussie, peeved... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 3
Power and Control Theme Icon
Scent, Sight, and the Grotesque Theme Icon
Father Terrier is a learned man who has studied theology as well as philosophy, and thinks highly... (full context)
Growing Up and Becoming Human Theme Icon
Scent, Sight, and the Grotesque Theme Icon
Father Terrier rocks the sleeping Grenouille's basket on his knees and strokes Grenouille's head, talking to him... (full context)
Growing Up and Becoming Human Theme Icon
Upward Mobility and Social Movement Theme Icon
Father Terrier , still rocking Grenouillee's basket, entertains the fantasy that he hadn't become a monk, but... (full context)
Growing Up and Becoming Human Theme Icon
Power and Control Theme Icon
Scent, Sight, and the Grotesque Theme Icon
...His nose sniffs and snorts and his eyes open and appear to not even perceive Father Terrier . Father Terrier, however, has the uncomfortable impression that Grenouille is "seeing" him with his... (full context)
Growing Up and Becoming Human Theme Icon
Power and Control Theme Icon
Scent, Sight, and the Grotesque Theme Icon
Grenouille begins to cry, chilling Father Terrier 's blood. Father Terrier begins to think of the child as a devil, but stops... (full context)