A few years ago, while visiting or, rather, rummaging about Notre-Dame, the author of this book found, in an obscure nook of one of the towers, the following. HUNCHBACK or NOTRE- DAME. 3 montories into the irregular basin of the Place. In the centre of the lofty Gothic facade of the palace, the grand s taircase, with. By Victor Hugo. Set in medieval Paris, it tells the story of the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, condemned as a witch by the tormented archdeacon Claude Frollo.
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Free Download. PDF version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. Apple, Android and Kindle formats also available. Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Home · Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Hugo, Victor - HunchbackofNotreDame. Read more . Ombres”; in fiction, “Notre Dame de Paris” (); in the drama, “Le Roi s'Amuse, ” “Lucrèce Borgia,” .. QUASIMODO, bell-ringer of Notre Dame, a hunchback.
His teeth hang over his protruding lower lip like tusks. His eyebrows are red bristles, and his gigantic nose curves over his upper lip like a snout. His long arms protrude from his shoulders, dangling like those of an ape.
Quasimodo senses that he has been chosen by popular acclaim, and he is at once proud and suspicious of his honor as he allows the crowd to dress him in ridiculous robes and hoist him above their heads.
From this vantage point, he maintains a dignified silence while the parade goes through the streets of Paris, stopping only to watch the enchanting dance of a gypsy girl, Esmeralda, whose grace and charm hold her audience spellbound. She has a little trained goat that dances to her tambourine.
The pair are celebrated throughout Paris, though there are some who think the girl a witch, so great is her power in captivating her audience. Late that night the poet Gringoire walks the streets of Paris. He has no shelter, owes money, and is in desperate straits.
As the cold night comes on, he sees Esmeralda hurrying ahead of him. Then a black- hooded man comes out of the shadows and seizes the gypsy.
The following moment a horseman rides in from the next street. Catching sight of Esmeralda in the arms of the black- hooded man, the rider demands that he free the girl or pay with his life.
Esmeralda asks the name of her rescuer. It is Captain Phoebus de Chateaupers.
From that moment Esmeralda is hopelessly in love with Phoebus. Gringoire does not bother to discover the plot behind the frustrated kidnapping, but had he known the truth he might have been more frightened. Frollo befriended Quasimodo when the hunchback was left at the gates of Notre Dame as an unwanted baby; Quasimodo is slavishly loyal to him.
He acts without question when Frollo asks his aid in kidnapping the beautiful gypsy. Frollo, who admired Esmeralda from a distance, plans to carry her off to his small cell in the cathedral, where he can enjoy her charms at his leisure.
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