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3rd-Aug-2007 04:14 pm
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Summary for Chapter Nineteen:

Raoul tells his story about Erik and the Opera Ghost to the disbelieving Police Commissary Mifroid.

Summary for Chapter Twenty

The Persian assists Raoul, who is now bewildered by everything to do with the Persian.

Possible Discussion Questions:

-Putting aside any idea gleaned from Kay's novel, why do you think the Persian holds no hatred for Erik. What, from Leroux's information, do you truly think their relationship was?

-Why do you feel the Persian goes out of his way to assist Raoul, knowing the danger that lie before them. It is truly to aide Christine, or could he have other motives?

-Why do you think Leroux brings up class (dress code at the opera), yet again, when it is a crucial and suspenseful point in the plot?
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8th-Aug-2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
It's difficult. The Persian saw exactly what Erik was capable of in Mazenderan, when he was given sufficient scope and power. He also expresses the thought that Erik seemed not to know the difference between right and wrong. I would imagine that he would have to have decided how he was going to deal with his guilt at the time - as he had no idea (at this point) that he and Erik would again cross paths back in Paris. As far as he knew, at the time, Erik could have gone on to wreak no small degree of havoc elsewhere. To have spared him and allowed that to happen simply because Erik had made him laugh a couple of times and granted a few favours just seems so extreme.


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