Perfume

Perfume

The young daughter of Antoine Richis and Grenouille's final target. She's very beautiful, with red hair and pale skin, and Grenouille finds her scent to be even more intoxicating than that of the girl from the rue de Marais. Though her father tries to save her by arranging her marriage, Grenouille murders her before the marriage can take place and creates his most intoxicating perfume with her scent.

Laure Richis Quotes in Perfume

The Perfume quotes below are all either spoken by Laure Richis or refer to Laure 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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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
Explanation and Analysis:

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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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Laure Richis Character Timeline in Perfume

The timeline below shows where the character Laure 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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...produce sons and climb the social ladder, but he wants to marry off his daughter Laure first. Richis is very rich, and Laure is his prize possession. She's exceptionally beautiful, and... (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 hedge and takes a moment too long... (full context)
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...part of a grand plan to assemble a picture of absolute beauty, and concludes that Laure must be the crowning jewel and the murderer's final victim. Richis feels superior to the... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 43
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...middle of the night, Richis wakes his servants and tells them he plans to take Laure to Grenoble. They leave by eight in the morning, and the town of Grasse suspects... (full context)
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...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 safe yet. (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... (full context)
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Grenouille finishes his work around noon and steps outside. Smelling the air, he knows Laure is gone and panics momentarily. Druot returns from lunch and mentions in passing that Richis... (full context)
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Grenouille runs to his cabin, gathers his supplies, and follows Laure's scent south. He catches the runaways quickly. As evening comes, Grenouille goes to an inn... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 45
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...gathers his other supplies, and leaves the barn. He finds a ladder, props it against Laure's open window, and climbs up. (full context)
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Grenouille watches Laure sleep for a minute and then clubs her on the back of her head. He... (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 on how well things are... (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 scraps off of her skin and wipes her down,... (full context)
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...after sleeping soundly for the first time in months. He dresses and goes to wake Laure. She doesn't answer when he knocks on the door, and he unlocks it. When he... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 47
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The news of Laure's death spreads through Grasse. The fear from the summer before returns with a vengeance, and... (full context)
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...the original suspects. Finally, however, Grenouille is arrested. The police search his cabin and find Laure's and the other girls' hair and dresses, as well as Grenouille's club. (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 48
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...house, he forbids such preparations and feels disgust at the people's glee. Having been given Laure's hair and nightgown, he spreads them on her bed and keeps watch. He finds himself... (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... (full context)