Perfume

Perfume

Jean-Baptise Grenouille Character Analysis

The protagonist of the novel. Grenouille possesses an absurdly keen sense of smell, no smell of his own, and an intense hatred of humanity, which combined leads him on a journey to create the perfect scent that will allow him to control humanity. He's likened to a tick as he's small, inconspicuous, and sucks the lifeblood out of his victims. He realizes his purpose in life when he discovers the intoxicating scent of the girl from the rue de Marais, and vows to become a master perfumer. He sees nothing wrong or strange about committing murder; he only desires to possess the scent of his victims. He learns to create perfumes conventionally under Baldini, spends seven years wallowing in his hatred of humanity in a remote volcano and his inner palace, and finally sets about creating a perfume that will allow him complete power over people in the town of Grasse, created from the scents of 25 murdered virgins. Grenouille believes that having this power will make him happy, but when he deploys his perfume, he finds his hatred for humanity overshadows any pleasure he experiences from his success. He then uses his perfume to commit suicide in Paris, destroying both himself and his powerful perfume in the process.

Jean-Baptise Grenouille Quotes in Perfume

The Perfume quotes below are all either spoken by Jean-Baptise Grenouille or refer to Jean-Baptise Grenouille. 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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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
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Part 1, Chapter 4 Quotes

But to have made such a modest exit would have demanded a modicum of native civility, and that Grenouille did not possess. He was an abomination from the start. He decided in favor of life out of sheer spite and sheer malice.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille
Page Number: 21
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Part 1, Chapter 5 Quotes

With words designating non-smelling objects, with abstract ideas and the like, especially those of an ethical or moral nature, he had the greatest difficulty. He could not retain them, confused them with one another, and even as an adult used them unwillingly and often incorrectly...

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille
Page Number: 25
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Part 1, Chapter 8 Quotes

Grenouille knew for certain that unless he possessed this scent, his life would have no meaning... the mere memory, however complex, was not enough.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille, Girl from the rue de Marais
Page Number: 41
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It was as if he had been born a second time; no, not a second time, the first time, for until now he had merely existed like an animal with a most nebulous self-awareness. But after today, he felt as if he finally knew who he really was: nothing less than a genius.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille, Girl from the rue de Marais
Page Number: 43
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Part 1, Chapter 14 Quotes

But he at once felt the seriousness that reigned in these rooms, you might almost call it a holy seriousness, if the word "holy" had held any meaning whatever for Grenouille...

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille, Giuseppe Baldini
Page Number: 67
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The tick had scented blood. It had been dormant for years, encapsulated, and had waited. Now it let itself drop, for better or for worse, entirely without hope. And that was why he was so certain.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille, Giuseppe Baldini
Related Symbols: The Tick
Page Number: 69
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Your grandiose failure will also be an opportunity for you to learn the virtue of humility, which—although one may pardon the total lack of its development at your tender age—will be an absolute prerequisite for later advancement as a member of your guild and for your standing as a man, a man of honor, a dutiful subject, and a good Christian.

Related Characters: Giuseppe Baldini (speaker), Jean-Baptise Grenouille
Page Number: 77
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... [he] looks just like one of those unapproachable, incomprehensible, willful little prehuman creatures, who in their ostensible innocence think only of themselves... if one let them pursue their megalomaniacal ways and did not apply the strictest pedagogical principles to guide them to a disciplined, self-controlled, fully human existence.

Related Characters: Giuseppe Baldini (speaker), Jean-Baptise Grenouille
Page Number: 81
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Part 1, Chapter 17 Quotes

He believed that by collecting these written formulas, he could exorcise the terrible creative chaos erupting from his apprentice.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille, Giuseppe Baldini
Page Number: 91
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But by using the obligatory measuring glasses and scales, he learned the language of perfumery, and he sensed instinctively that the knowledge of this language could be of service to him.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille, Giuseppe Baldini
Page Number: 92
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Part 2, Chapter 27 Quotes

... he clapped his hands and called his servants, who were invisible, intangible, inaudible, and above all inodorous, and thus totally imaginary servants...

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille
Related Symbols: Grenouille's Inner World
Page Number: 128
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That odor had been the pledge of freedom. It had been the pledge of a different life. The odor of that morning was for Grenouille the odor of hope. He guarded it carefully. And he drank it daily.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille
Related Symbols: Grenouille's Inner World
Page Number: 129
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Part 2, Chapter 29 Quotes

What he now felt was the fear of not knowing much of anything about himself... He could not flee it, but had to move toward it.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille
Related Symbols: Grenouille's Inner World
Page Number: 137
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Part 2, Chapter 30 Quotes

“You will realize for the first time in your life that you are a human being; not a particularly extraordinary or in any fashion distinguished one, but nevertheless a perfectly acceptable human being.”

Related Characters: Marquis de la Taillade- Espinasse (speaker), Jean-Baptise Grenouille
Page Number: 144
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Part 2, Chapter 32 Quotes

For people could close their eyes to greatness, to horrors, to beauty, and their ears to melodies or deceiving words. But they could not escape scent. For scent was a brother of breath... He who ruled scent ruled the hearts of men.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille
Page Number: 155
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Part 3, Chapter 35 Quotes

No, he wanted truly to possess the scent of this girl behind the wall; to peel it from her like skin and to make her scent his own. How that was to be done, he did not know yet. But he had two years in which to learn. Ultimately it ought to be no more difficult than robbing a rare flower of its perfume.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille, Laure Richis
Page Number: 172
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Part 3, Chapter 38 Quotes

What he coveted was the odor of certain human beings: that is, those rare humans who inspire love. These were his victims.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille, Laure Richis, Girl from the rue de Marais
Page Number: 188
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Part 3, Chapter 40 Quotes

The farmer who discovered her was so disconcerted by the gruesome sight that he almost ended up a suspect himself, when in a quivering voice he told the police lieutenant that he had never seen anything so beautiful—when he had really wanted to say that he had never seen anything so awful.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille
Page Number: 194
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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
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Part 3, Chapter 49 Quotes

He was in very truth his own God, and a more splendid God than the God that stank of incense and was quartered in churches.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille
Page Number: 239
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Part 4, Chapter 51 Quotes

And though his perfume might allow him to appear before the world as a god—if he could not smell himself and thus never know who he was, to hell with it, with the world, with himself, with his perfume.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille
Page Number: 252
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They were uncommonly proud. For the first time they had done something out of love.

Related Characters: Jean-Baptise Grenouille
Page Number: 255
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Jean-Baptise Grenouille Character Timeline in Perfume

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Part 1, Chapter 1
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...saying that the story that will be told in the novel is that of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, one of the most "gifted and abominable personages" of 18th-century France. The narrator continues that... (full context)
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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born here on July 17, 1738. Grenouille’s mother is a fishmonger, and Grenouille is... (full context)
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This draws a crowd and someone calls the police. When Grenouille's mother comes to, she stands up and goes to wash. Grenouille begins to cry under... (full context)
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By the time his Grenouille’s mother was decapitated, Grenouille had had three different wet nurses, all of whom said that... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 2
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...a market basket. Father Terrier opens the door, and Bussie explains that the basket contains Grenouille. When Father Terrier inspects the infant and proclaims that he looks good, Bussie states that... (full context)
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...He tries to offer Bussie more money and the two argue. Bussie finally says that Grenouille is possessed by the devil, and she knows this is true because he doesn't smell... (full context)
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...one. Bussie, peeved at this turn that means she can't possibly win, states simply that Grenouille doesn't smell right and she doesn't want him. Father Terrier demands to know what babies... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 3
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...he finds depressing. He thinks that Jeanne Bussie is very wrong in her assessment of Grenouille, particularly since she came to her conclusion with her nose. Father Terrier believes this is... (full context)
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Father Terrier rocks the sleeping Grenouille's basket on his knees and strokes Grenouille's head, talking to him about Bussie's nonsense ideas.... (full context)
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Father Terrier, still rocking Grenouillee's basket, entertains the fantasy that he hadn't become a monk, but instead took a wife... (full context)
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Grenouille begins to wake, nose first. His nose sniffs and snorts and his eyes open and... (full context)
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Grenouille begins to cry, chilling Father Terrier's blood. Father Terrier begins to think of the child... (full context)
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Madame Gaillard's establishment is a blessing for Grenouille. He thrives despite poor nourishment, a variety of childhood illnesses, and some physical mishaps. The... (full context)
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Grenouille's lack of scent or soul doesn't bother Madame Gaillard, as she can neither smell nor... (full context)
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The narrator indicates that objectively, there was nothing scary about Grenouille, as he was never big, strong, exceptionally ugly, or seemed particularly smart. He didn't begin... (full context)
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Grenouille learns to speak in this way, but never fully grasps the concepts of words that... (full context)
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By age six, Grenouille has grasped his entire surroundings by smell. He has tens of thousands of smells in... (full context)
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Madame Gaillard begins to notice that Grenouille has potentially supernatural qualities, such as being able to detect worms in uncut vegetables and... (full context)
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Madame Gaillard walks Grenouille to the tanner Grimal, who is always in need of cheap labor to do the... (full context)
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Grenouille understands immediately that Monsieur Grimal only values Grenouille's life as long as it's useful to... (full context)
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Beginning at age 12, Grimal allows Grenouille time to himself every week to explore the city. Grenouille "the tick" feels triumphant and... (full context)
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Grenouille's world of the surrounding neighborhoods is a utopia of scent. He revels in the human... (full context)
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When Grenouille exhausts the smells of his neighboring quarters, he expands and begins exploring the other side... (full context)
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Grenouille doesn't differentiate between "good" or "bad" scents; he simply desires to possess all that he... (full context)
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...to celebrate the anniversary of the king's coronation. A great crowd mills along the river, Grenouille among them on the right bank. the fireworks bore him, as he finds their smell... (full context)
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Grenouille decides the scent is coming from across the bridge and follows the scent through the... (full context)
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Grenouille turns onto the rue de Marais and the scent gets stronger and purer. Finally, after... (full context)
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Grenouille decides that he has to possess this scent or his life will have no meaning.... (full context)
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When the girl is dead, Grenouille tears off her dress and smells her bare skin from head to toe. When her... (full context)
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That night, Grenouille thinks of his closet as a palace and can't sleep for bliss. He feels as... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 13
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...office. Nobody answers the door, so Baldini heads downstairs to answer it himself. Outside is Grenouille, cowering, with goatskins from Monsieur Grimal. (full context)
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Baldini remembers that these are the goatskins for the count. He considers sending Grenouille back with the goatskins, but decides to accept them. (full context)
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Baldini leads Grenouille through the shop. This is the first time Grenouille had been in a perfumery, and... (full context)
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Baldini instructs Grenouille to lay the skins on a worktable. Baldini inspects the goatskins and finally tells Grenouille... (full context)
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Baldini is perplexed and thinks that Grenouille is either possessed, an imposter, or very gifted. Three of the ingredients listed by Grenouille... (full context)
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Baldini states that Grenouille has a fine nose, and when Grenouille replies that he has the best nose and... (full context)
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Grenouille finally replies that he doesn't know what a formula is. Baldini explains sternly, and Grenouille... (full context)
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Baldini agrees to let Grenouille mix the perfume, saying that his certain failure will teach him humility. He begins to... (full context)
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Grenouille asks how much to make, horrifying and infuriating Baldini. Baldini finally asks for half a... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 15
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Grenouille pours alcohol into the mixing bottle, horrifying Baldini from the start. In what seems like... (full context)
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Baldini yells for Grenouille to stop and calls him a brat and crude, adding that Grenouille may never again... (full context)
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While Baldini sniffs the handkerchief in stunned silence, Grenouille asserts that the perfume isn't very good, and says he'll make it better. Baldini doesn't... (full context)
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Grenouille again asks Baldini if he can work for him, and Baldini, still stunned, says he'll... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 16
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...for the goat leather, and invites Grimal to share wine and negotiate Baldini's purchase of Grenouille as an apprentice. He offers an enormous sum of money and Grimal accepts. When they... (full context)
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As Grimal's body flows under the Pont-au-Change, Grenouille is going to bed in a bunk in a corner of Baldini's laboratory. As Grenouille... (full context)
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With Grenouille working for Baldini, Baldini's perfumery begins its climb to European fame. The first evening Grenouille... (full context)
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While Chénier mans the shop, Baldini and Grenouille remain in the laboratory to manufacture a new scent per week, or whatever's needed to... (full context)
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Grenouille, the "gnome," as Chénier thinks of him, is responsible for this rise of fame. Baldini... (full context)
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Grenouille is helped by Baldini's insistence on measuring, as it teaches Grenouille the language of perfume.... (full context)
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Grenouille knows that while he doesn't need instruction on creating a good perfume, he does need... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 18
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Baldini instructs Grenouille in all the arts of being a perfumer, from soap making to sewing gloves. Grenouille... (full context)
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The process of distillation relies on speed, and fascinates Grenouille. The alembic needed to be attended all night, and Grenouille and Baldini would sit up,... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 19
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Once Baldini deems Grenouille experienced enough, he allows him free use of the alembic. Grenouille spends his nights attempting... (full context)
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Grenouille develops a high fever that after a few days develops into pustules and boils. Baldini... (full context)
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In light of these dreams, Baldini decides to do whatever it takes to save Grenouille. Grenouille is moved to a clean bed on the top floor and fed chicken broth... (full context)
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...a pilgrimage to Notre-Dame to light a candle, but decides instead to attempt to take Grenouille's "perfumatory confession" and get one last formula out of his dying apprentice. Baldini whispers to... (full context)
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Baldini sits all night with Grenouille. At dawn he gives up, but suddenly Grenouille speaks and asks if there are other... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 21
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While Grenouille would've loved to leave for Grasse as soon as he recovered, as an apprentice he's... (full context)
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At this time, Baldini tells Grenouille he'll release him on three conditions. Grenouille must not produce any of the perfumes he'd... (full context)
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Grenouille sets out in May of 1756 with some food and money from Baldini. Baldini, a... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 22
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Once Grenouille is out of sight, Baldini feels relieved. He thinks he never liked Grenouille, and all... (full context)
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Grenouille heads south to Orléans, and as he gets further away from Paris, the simplicity of... (full context)
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As Grenouille approaches Orléans, he changes his plan and decides to skip the human smell of the... (full context)
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The sight of the landscape during the day is nearly overwhelming for Grenouille's eyes, but he is fascinated by moonlight. The view at night is gray, and the... (full context)
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Grenouille travels south and meets no other people, although he's aware of their existence thanks to... (full context)
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...peak of a volcano called Plomb du Cantal. The surrounding land is barren and uninhabited. Grenouille reaches this mountain in August of 1756. He sniffs in every direction and smells nothing... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 25
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Grenouille spends the next few days settling in, as he has decided to stay on the... (full context)
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Near the crevasse, Grenouille discovers a tunnel in the mountain that twists back 100 feet. At the end, there's... (full context)
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...solitude (saints, failures, prophets), who retreat to deserts or caves to be nearer to God. Grenouille, on the other hand, had no conception of God; rather, he sought solitude for his... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 26
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Grenouille's "debaucheries" take place in his inner fortress. He begins by thinking about scents from his... (full context)
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Afterwards, Grenouille stretches out inside his cave. In his mental fortress, he dozes and enjoys pleasant scents.... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 27
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The inner Grenouille, "Grenouille the Great," is tired after his day of destruction, creation, and celebration. His heart... (full context)
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When the servants arrive with the bottle of scent, Grenouille the Great pours himself a glass. Daily, he drinks a scent he collected while in... (full context)
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After two glasses of this scent, Grenouille the Great begins to read from books of odors he finds revolting, primarily human odors.... (full context)
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When Grenouille wakes, he wakes up in his cave rather than in his fortress or his inner... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 28
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Grenouille's days unfold in this way for seven years. In the outside world, war continues to... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 29
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...one, the narrator says, but rather one that took place in the deepest part of Grenouille's dream fantasies. One night he lies on his sofa in his purple fortress, asleep after... (full context)
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Grenouille begins to scream, and the scream wakes him. He thinks that the fog would've suffocated... (full context)
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Grenouille smells his fingers and smells nothing but the spring air. He tries the crook of... (full context)
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When evening comes, a very sunburnt Grenouille returns to his pile of clothes. He performs the sniffing test he learned from Baldini... (full context)
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Deciding he must know if he has a scent, Grenouille crawls back into his cave, fighting the fear from his dream and the fear of... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 30
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When Grenouille first encounters other people, he looks so horrifying that people run from him screaming. When... (full context)
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...to escape poisonous gas concentrated at ground level and below. The marquis, upon hearing about Grenouille's last seven years, finds his theories confirmed by Grenouille's horrific state. He offers to take... (full context)
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Grenouille and Taillade-Espinasse make the journey in two days. The marquis is excited to present his... (full context)
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Back at Taillade-Espinasse's manor, Grenouille is locked in a "vital ventilation machine," which is supposed to surround Grenouille with air... (full context)
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Taillade-Espinasse addresses Grenouille as "Monsieur," states with delight that Grenouille now looks like a perfectly normal man, and... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 31
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The following day, Grenouille fakes a fainting spell and collapses. The marquis, entirely beside himself, calls for servants and... (full context)
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The narrator notes for the reader that Grenouille's speech was recorded using proper speech, but in reality Grenouille's outburst was an eruption of... (full context)
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...that he too is probably infected by the violet perfume. He feels great affection towards Grenouille for bringing it to his attention, and screams at the servants to remove all violet... (full context)
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In the local perfumer Runel's shop, which isn't well equipped by any means, Grenouille sets about creating the scent of a human being. Grenouille creates a disgusting base for... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 32
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As Grenouille leaves the laboratory, he feels afraid to be giving off an odor for the first... (full context)
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Grenouille is used to being ignored in public, as many people simply aren't aware he exists... (full context)
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When the bride and the wedding party finally walk through the crowd, Grenouille's joy turns to a "wicked feeling of triumph." He finds he's no longer afraid of... (full context)
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When the crowd disperses, Grenouille enters the church and sits down. He feels content at his awareness of his genius... (full context)
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Grenouille sits plotting and decides that he wants to create this perfume purely because he's evil.... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 33
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Taillade-Espinasse is thrilled with the perfume Grenouille created for him, and is also thrilled to see the effect of the earth-removed perfume... (full context)
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One week after his first lecture, Taillade-Espinasse presents Grenouille at the great hall of the local university. All of Montpellier, scientific and otherwise, attends,... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 34
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Grenouille, having achieved some fame in Montpellier, remains for several weeks. He tells his tale of... (full context)
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In March, Grenouille leaves the town unnoticed, as he goes without his perfume that day. Taillade-Espinasse makes inquiries,... (full context)
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...theory in 1764, Taillade-Espinasse decides to create publicity for his theory that would overshadow even Grenouille's transformation. He decides to scale the highest mountain in the Pyrenees, remain at the summit... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 35
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It takes Grenouille seven days to reach the town of Grasse, a small city nestled in a valley... (full context)
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Grenouille stops in front of one of these camouflaged fronts, having caught wind of a scent... (full context)
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Grenouille, dizzy, sinks into a crouch against the wall. He inhales short breaths and finds that... (full context)
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Grenouille decides he must possess the girl's scent and "peel it from her like skin," not... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 36
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Grenouille comes across a small perfumer's workshop and asks for a job. The owner had died... (full context)
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The next day Grenouille begins work. It's the season for jonquil flowers. They're delivered every morning and dumped into... (full context)
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When Druot decides the oil is saturated with scent, he and Grenouille pour the scent-laden pomade into stoneware crocks, and Madame Arnulfi comes to label and record... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 37
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Grenouille is willing to perform all the menial chores in the following months, but his sense... (full context)
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During jasmine season, Grenouille learns that the flower is too sensitive to be plunged into hot oil. Rather, the... (full context)
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Druot sees with the cold process that Grenouille is again better than he is, and as such allows Grenouille to make all the... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 38
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Grenouille spends his winter in the workshop, supposedly attempting to invent a formula for a new... (full context)
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With the disguise of these perfumes, Grenouille is able to exist undisturbed. He devotes himself to the pursuit of subtle scents and... (full context)
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Next, Grenouille moves on to living subjects. He hunts for small animals and drowns them in warm... (full context)
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Grenouille targets a puppy, luring it away from its mother and dealing it a fatal blow... (full context)
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Cautiously, Grenouille moves on to humans, concerned primarily with testing his methods. He sticks tiny scraps of... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 39
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...and glover, although the Madame keeps her name and control of the finances. In March, Grenouille decides to see how the mysterious girl's scent is developing. He's overwhelmed by the scent... (full context)
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That night in his cabin, Grenouille thinks of the girl's scent and immerses himself in it. When he begins to fall... (full context)
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At that thought, Grenouille feels chilled and wonders how long he can keep the scent. He wants to walk... (full context)
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Grenouille continues his line of reasoning and considers how to make the perfume of the girl... (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 he has 24 flacons... (full context)
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Grenouille finishes his work around noon and steps outside. Smelling the air, he knows Laure is... (full context)
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Grenouille runs to his cabin, gathers his supplies, and follows Laure's scent south. He catches the... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 45
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In the stall in the barn, Grenouille begins spreading oily paste over fine linen, making it thicker in places where it will... (full context)
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Grenouille watches Laure sleep for a minute and then clubs her on the back of her... (full context)
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For six hours, Grenouille stays awake and watches Laure from an armchair, covered with her dress. He congratulates himself... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 46
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Before daybreak, Grenouille gets up and pulls the cloth off of Laure's body. He scrapes the last fat... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 47
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...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 police search... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 48
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...hair, they insist on seeing the murderer himself. Finally, the town judge agrees to showcase Grenouille. When he appears the crowd goes silent, thinking that this man cannot possibly be a... (full context)
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The proceedings against Grenouille move quickly due to overwhelming evidence and his free confession of guilt. When asked for... (full context)
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A priest is sent to hear Grenouille's confession, but gets nothing. Over the next two days, people come to see the murderer,... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 49
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...police lieutenant's carriage coming down the road. The carriage is the only way to guarantee Grenouille's safety from the bloodthirsty crowd. It stops halfway between the cross and the grandstand, and... (full context)
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A miracle happens then, as the ten thousand people suddenly find that they truly believe Grenouille did not commit the murders. Monsieur Papon feels the same way, and doesn't think he... (full context)
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The footman next to Grenouille sinks until he's lying on his belly on the ground. The lieutenant and officer of... (full context)
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Grenouille stands and appears to smile, but he's actually smirking and considering his triumph and complete... (full context)
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Grenouille feels terror as well as he sees the effect of his perfume, and he experiences... (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.... (full context)
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Grenouille pretends to sleep until he smells nobody else in the house, and then gets up... (full context)
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...and decides to dismantle the scaffold and grandstand. The judges and magistrates meet and shut Grenouille's file, and the next day they arrest Druot, since he owns the cabin where the... (full context)
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Grenouille travels by night. When he passes the Plomb du Cantal he considers returning to the... (full context)
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On June 25, 1766, Grenouille enters Paris early in the morning. It's a hot day and Paris already stinks. Grenouille... (full context)
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Grenouille unstoppers his perfume and pours it over himself. For a moment, the group falls back... (full context)