Appears both in The Murders in the Rue Morgue and in The Purloined Letter as the clever companion of the narrator of those two stories. His highly creative, observant and analytical mind allows him to perceive where the police are going wrong, and stay one step ahead of the criminals. He loves of riddles, mathematics and poetry, and the Prefect mocks him a poet (despite the fact that the Prefect is hopeless to solve the cases without Dupin's aid. He has a strange sense of humor and very eccentric habits (his love of nighttime for example). In The Purloined Letter, he is rivaled by Minister D___, a man with a similar "poetic" but who acts not to solve crimes but commit them. Dupin does seem to feel a sense of competition with Minister D___, giving him an added incentive to solve the crime with flair.
Auguste Dupin Quotes in Poe's Stories
The Poe's Stories quotes below are all either spoken by Auguste Dupin or refer to Auguste Dupin. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Poe's Stories published in 2006.).
The Murders in the Rue-Morgue Quotes
Had the routine of our life at this place been known to the world, we should have been regarded as madmen – although, perhaps, as madmen of a harmless nature. Our seclusion was perfect. We admitted no visitors.
Related Characters: Narrator (The Murders in the Rue Morgue; The Purloined Letter) (speaker), Auguste Dupin
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Auguste Dupin Character Timeline in Poe's Stories
The timeline below shows where the character Auguste Dupin appears in Poe's Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Murders in the Rue-Morgue
...their daily routines, you’d think the pair suffered from madness. They kept completely to themselves. Dupin especially was obsessed with night time, and soon, the narrator feels the same way, and... (full context)
...no further evidence found, and one man called Le Bon arrested but without much reason. Dupin seems very interested in the process of the investigation and asks the narrator for his... (full context)
The Purloined Letter
...the Prefect announces that he comes on official business and needs help with a case, Dupin extinguishes the light. It’s another of his fancies that good thinking is better done in... (full context)
...the case is so simple that its resistance to solution has the police very confused. Dupin suggests that its very simplicity might be what’s causing their trouble. The Prefect finds this... (full context)
...is disappointed to admit no further developments. He made another thorough search but found nothing. Dupin asks how much the reward is and the prefect says that he will personally pay... (full context)