Antoine Richis


Antoine Richis appears in the novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind. He lives in Grasse. He holds the office of second consul and has become rich through commercial transactions. As a clever businessman, he has built up the largest perfume trade in France. He occupies a magnificent house in Rue Droite and lives there with his 16-year-old daughter Laure. 

Antoine Richis is a widower. He wants to marry off his daughter before he himself marries another woman. Richis strives for social standing and political influence. He wants to create a dynasty of his own.

Laure Richis is more important to Antoine than anything else in his life. He is touched and fascinated by her beauty. Richis often admires his own daughter and even feels sexually attracted to her. However, he immediately suppresses such feelings. Nevertheless, he regrets that he can only face Laure as a father: "[...] God help him, would curse himself for being this woman’s father and not some stranger [...] And he broke out in a sweat, and his arms and legs trembled while he choked down this dreadful lust" (Part 3, 43%).

When the murders of young women occur in Grasse, Richis is worried about his daughter's life...

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