Head of the Patron-Minette (novel)
Montparnasse is one of the four heads of a crime organization called Patron-Minette.
Montparnasse is a striking young dandy with a flair for murder. Indeed, between the gory nature of his crimes and his impressions on the ladies, Montparnasse seems to mirror the notorious Lacenaire. People don’t feel sympathetic to this “career criminal”, although he is to the unfortunate, but he does give glamour its due. On the one hand, Montparnasse is the sort of exciting figure that would titillate those repressed bourgeoisie. Although his faults, Montparnasse is very appealing and upholds much grace. On the other hand, Montparnasse could also be considered a hero or role model for those underclass members who aspired to a more indulgent lifestyle, or who resented the upper classes.
"Few prowlers were so much feared as Montparnasse. At eighteen, he had already left several corpses on his track. Frizzled, pomaded, with slender waist, hips like a woman, the bust of a Prussian officer, a buzz of admiration about him from the girls of the boulevard... such was this charmer of the sepulcher." (Hugo, 625-6)