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Marquis de la Taillade- Espinasse Character Analysis

A marquis who retired from court life at Versailles to pursue scientific discovery. His pet project is the idea of fluidum vitale, or the idea that the earth contains poisonous gases that can do damage, while places and items that are "earth-removed" (places with high elevation, or birds) are healing. Grenouille provides the perfect example of his theory in action when he comes to the marquis' attention after spending seven years in a cave. The marquis uses Grenouille to support his theory, gives several lectures, and pays Grenouille for being a research subject. The marquis eventually decides to climb the highest mountain in the Pyrenees, from which he will return a man aged 20 thanks to the healing powers of the fluidum vitale at the high elevation, but he never returns.

Marquis de la Taillade- Espinasse Quotes in Perfume

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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.”

Page Number: 144
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Marquis de la Taillade- Espinasse Character Timeline in Perfume

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Part 2, Chapter 30
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...attacks are relatively frequent in the area. The mayor passes his report on to the marquis de La Taillade-Espinasse, a local nobleman. (full context)
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The marquis had left life at Versailles at age 40 and retired to his estate. There he... (full context)
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Grenouille and Taillade-Espinasse make the journey in two days. The marquis is excited to present his find to... (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... (full context)
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Taillade-Espinasse addresses Grenouille as "Monsieur," states with delight that Grenouille now looks like a perfectly normal... (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 fans Grenouille with a fan drenched in violet... (full context)
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Taillade-Espinasse, impressed, thinks that he too is probably infected by the violet perfume. He feels great... (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... (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... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 34
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In March, Grenouille leaves the town unnoticed, as he goes without his perfume that day. Taillade-Espinasse makes inquiries, but eventually says that Grenouille left to deal with family in Paris. Secretly... (full context)
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After founding a lodge dedicated to his theory in 1764, Taillade-Espinasse decides to create publicity for his theory that would overshadow even Grenouille's transformation. He decides... (full context)