1. Baldini seems to be a greedy man that is only concerned with business, and rightfully so because of the threat of closing shop. He does not even like the perfume Amor and Psyche, but is obsessed with it because it is monetarily successful. Do you think that Grenuoille will make a better master perfumer because he doesn’t have another motive? Do you think that is true in jobs now? Or is money the best motivator?
2. I looked up Amor and Psyche and it turns out that is is a reference to the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche (Pretty much she is so beautiful that she makes Venus [goddess of beauty] jealous and Cupid falls for her, but she encounters a ton of obstacles and loneliness due to her curiosity. Do you think that the ‘virgin smell’ that engulfs Grenuoille is how he feels love? He doesn’t interpret other emotions, or words, like the rest of us; could this be his definition for love?
3. Grenuoille is most interested in extracting and distilling essences from living plants. Do you think that this part where Baldini shows him will play a role in Grenuoille using this technique with women?