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23rd-Jul-2007 03:07 pm
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Summary for Chapter Twelve:

After a frightened Christine and Raoul believe they have seen two eyes watching them from the roof of the Opera; Raoul returns home to find two eyes again staring at him from the balcony. Raoul's one hope of elopement dashes when Christine abruptly disappears, in front of everyone, when she's on stage.

Possible Discussion Questions:

-Do you believe that Raoul really did see Erik or was it a cat?

-Why do you think Leroux wrote Raoul and Phillipe's encounter as a scene?

-In this chapter a shadow is mentioned. Later in the novel Erik describes the shadow as someone other than himself. Who or what do you believe it is?


Summary for Chapter Fifteen:

Those who work at the Opera are in a fury between trying to find out what has happened to Christine's disappearance and the managers' strange behaviors.

Possible Discussion Questions:

-Why do you believe Leroux put this chapter here? Especially when the reader wants to find out the fates of the three main characters?


Summary for Chapter Sixteen:

A hopeless and desperate Raoul searches all over the Opera and outside of it hoping to somehow rescue his Christine. He is then rushed into the managers' office as the Persian tells him, in so many words, to leave Erik alone.

Possible Discussion Questions:

-Again why does it seem Leroux wants to distract the reader from the main action?
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23rd-Jul-2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
In terms of the scene on the balcony: I believe this was fantasy vs reality. I don't believe Raoul saw anything... even with the mention of blood (Which obviously means he hit something). One would think if he hit Erik there would be some mention of a would later on, this from a writer's perspective as readers seldom forget details like that. But much in Leroux's novel was a mixing of fantasy and reality and how one play off the other.

As to why Leroux want to distract the reader from the main action: IMO bootom line, it is his classic style. It is part of the way he wrote his novels. They were not romance as Phantom has come to be viewed since the 2004 movie. Leroux was a mystery writer--a macabre mystery writer. In his other novels if a reader did not make note of every detail (for example the horseshoe in the open of Phantom) they would be lost through the rest of the book, for it was certain to be discovered that the horseshoe was the key to the entire crime. Leroux wanted to keep people guessing.

This from a speech he gave in Nice: "However fantastical my imagination, it has always been anchored in something real. Perhaps this is why so much indulgence has been shown to my work, a work which has no pretences except to distract the reader without overstepping the boundaries of propriety..."
27th-Jul-2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
There is so much slashy goodness in Erik climbing up to Raoul's bedroom, and watching Raoul as he sleeps...
28th-Jul-2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
I don't think Erik was there. Think about it; he just kidnapped Christine (again). Wouldn't he be too busy with her to go annoy Raoul? Since there was blood, I'm led to think it was just a cat.

I think that Raoul and Phillipe's encounter was written as a scene because that's how it would have appeared to outsiders, and Leroux wants us to see things from different perspectives.

Oh, the shadow in fourteen. I don't remember that...I'm going to have to reread/skim again. Chapter fifteen is another part where it's just the story from a different perspective again, I think. Same with Chapter sixteen, although it also serves to introduce the Persian again.
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