“Si tu ne viens pas à Lagardère – Lagardère ira à toi!” That apparently incomprehensible warning that, if an unnamed party does not come to someone called Lagardère, he will go to him, enjoys the status of a proverb in France. In fact it is the vengeful leitmotif of the 1857 novel Le Bossu (The Hunchback) by Paul Féval.