THE RETURN OF HYACINTHE BELLEROSE
This is a sculpture of Hyacinthe Bellerose, the hero of Louis
Caron's novel, Le canard de bois (The Wooden Duck),
published in Paris, in 1981. In 1835, Hyacinthe left Port
Saint-François, near Nicolet, to clear a piece of land
in the Bois-Francs region of Québec. There he met with
many trials and tribulations : his first child was stillborn,
his wife was a victim of cholera and he was evicted from his
land for lack of funds.
Here we find a dejected Hyacinthe as he stops for a rest
on the long journey home. The hardships he leaves behind him
have made him intolerant to further injustice. A world of
turmoil and change lies before him. Little does he suspect
that he will soon be swept up in the Patriots' rebellion of
Following the case brought against him for murder and high
treason, a journalist would thus sum up what was at stake
: "He was righteous among rebels. The Governor made the
right decision in condemning him to exile. Had he let him
rot in prison, he would have spoiled the others. And hanging
him would have made a martyr of him, still talked about 200
years from now."
The journalist was not far from the truth. Hyacinthe Bellerose
would indeed still be talked about 200 years later. He became
a mythical character personifying Quebeckers' path towards
their destiny. The novel about Hyacinthe Bellerose has been
adapted for television audiences in France as well as Québec.
Upon seeing the program, some parents have chosen to name
a child Hyacinthe. We are pleased to have one living here
This steel and brass sculpture was created by Nicolet artists
Pierre and Sébastien Brassard, based on an idea by
Pierre Chatillon. The final coat was applied by Trois-Rivières
artist Pierre Landry.
It was donated to the Literary Park in 1998 by the local
chapter of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste and
by the Fondation Monseigneur Parenteau.
to the park ]