Grenouille, the protagonist of Süskind “The Perfume”, has an obsession: to capture the essence of the woman. Since he mets the red-haired girl devotes all his life, his knowledge and his art to that purpose. He succeeds, and creates an intoxicating essence which moves and touches deeply whoever smells it. The perfume is distilled at a very high price but Servetus shows us in these absolutely moving lines how it is indeed possible to capture the essence of a man, just with words.
This is one of the most touching readings I’ve had recently.