Quills (2000)

Ending / spoiler

(3 votes)

De Sade gets his tongue cut off as punishment for Madeleine's death, and after the ordeal Abbe du Coulmier proclaims that he may never sleep again. The Marquis de Sade later commits suicide by swallowing the cross and choking to death before Colmier finishes the last rites ceremony. This spurs him into an irreparable mental shock. A few months later, Dr. Royer-Collard is giving a tour of the Charenton Asylum to the new Abbe and it is revealed that since Charenton has become the laughing stock of France, the Marquis de Sade's novels are now being published at the asylum to increase it's depleting funds. The former Abbe is seen as a patient in De Sade's former cell, desperately craving pen and parchment. The final scene shows Madeleine's mother sneaking some writing materials into his cell. Colmier begins writing immediately...

Varun Rajiv

More mistakes in Quills

Renee Pelagie: Desperation has driven me past etiquette, all the way to frenzy.
Dr. Royer-Collard: My schedule is not subject to the whim of lunatics.
Renee Pelagie: I beg to differ, you work in a madhouse. Your every waking moment is governed by the insane.

More quotes from Quills

Trivia: The Marquis de Sade, a promiscuous man and a convicted rapist died of syphilis (a sexually-transmitted disease) in 1814.

More trivia for Quills

Question: When Maddie leaves Abe's bedroom (after they shared a quick kiss), he rushes back out and calls her. Why does he call her back? If he wanted to say something to her, why not say it when she was in the room?

Answer: Because he apparently had to work the courage up to say whatever it is he wanted to say. He was conflicted in his feelings for Maddie. He's a priest and isn't supposed to 'want' her the way he does. Catholic priests take a vow of chastity and he was trying to deal with his feelings as a man and his vows as a priest.

Shannon Jackson

More questions & answers from Quills

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.