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.”
Marquis de la Taillade- Espinasse Character Timeline in Perfume
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Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 34
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)
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)