Jacques Chenier wants revenge for this father, his mother, his fellow artisans, and for himself.
He longs to be free from the oppression of Parisian nobility, but he is trapped in a prison stronger than the Bastille—the prison of bitterness.
And escape from a prison of the heart... read more
“Once back home, I washed myself and put on a fresh suit of clothes, but the stench of death stayed with me. Though my hand had not actually performed the murders, I knew that the rage I felt against Comte's son could well have killed him. As I sat alone that night in my darkened shop, I realized for the first time how much I'd become like those who cheered at executions.”Jacques's thoughts
“'Take it to Charpentier's when you are done,' he said. 'I will see you there.' He bowed politely and went out. I stood a moment, wondering if perhaps I had misjudged the man. At the time, I did not realize that for men like Danton, an act of kindness is merely a means of manipulation.”Danton, and Jacques's thoughts
“I awoke abruptly to find myself clawing at my arms and legs. The lice had found me more to their taste than the filthy bedding.”Jacques's thoughts
“Danton's cryptic talk of freedom took away all hope of sleep.”Jacques's thoughts
“Seeing Latude rekindled my anger and robbed me of the contentment the year of profit had brought forth.”Jacques's thoughts
“'Goodbye, Jacques,' I heard him say with a tenderness that might have made me weep had I the heart for it. Instead, I simply slammed the door.”Pierre-Joseph, a kind old Christian who spend most of his life in the Bastille until Jacques rescued him, talking to Jacques.
“'Oh no,' he assured me. "We shall add a touch here and there. Before we are through, men will no longer look upon the guillotine as a human instrument, but as an instrument of horror.'”Dr. Curtius on adding a scene with a guillotine to his collection of wax figures, that people paid to come and see. Jacques was a sculpturer, and worked with wax figures and heads.
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