Summary for Chapter Ten:
Christine puts Raoul and herself at risk when she meets with Raoul at the masquerade ball. After a mysterious man in a death’s head costume is spotted, Raoul is convinced he has met the man from Perros again. Following Christine to her dressing room Raoul gets more than he bargained for when he realized this man--has a name. Possible Discussion Questions:
-Why do you think Leroux places Christine in a black domino, black being the literary equivalent of the villain, and Raoul in hero white?
-What is the significance of the references to Poe’s Red Death
-“And then, this costume and this mask had another advantage: He would be able to move about comfortably in them as if her were at home with his sick heart and his disordered soul. He would have no need to pretend. He would not need to mask his feelings. He had a mask."
What do you think Leroux means by using the mask as freedom for Raoul, while it is a prison for Erik?
-How do you interpret Raoul’s emotional outbursts in this chapter?Summary for Chapter Nine:
Raoul meets with Christine and Mama Valerius about the Angel of Music, insisting he is there only to protect Christine’s honor.Possible Discussion Questions:
- Raoul admits early on he has no doubt that Christine loves the Voice. Christine asks him a question he never answers. So why does Raoul condemn a man he as never seen and about whom he knows nothing?
- Christine seemingly changes overnight after the Masque, from a tragic, scared girl, to fresh faced, seemingly restored. Why do you think this is?
-Why is Christine so frightened when she realizes that Raoul knows the name of her Spirit of Music is Erik?