Notre-Dame de Paris

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IV
'ANÁГKH

IT so happened that one fine morning in that same month of March, I think it was Saturday the 29th, Saint Eustache's day, our young student friend, Jehan Frollo du Moulin, noticed as he got dressed that his breeches, which contained his purse, emitted no clink of metal. 'Poor purse!' he said, pulling it out from his fob. 'What? not the least little parisis? How cruelly dice, pots of beer, and Venus have gutted you! Look at you now, all empty, wrinkled, and limp! You look like a Fury's breast! I ask you, messer Cicero and messer Seneca, whose dog-eared works I see scattered over the floor, what is the use of my knowing better than a director of the mint or a Jew on the Pont-aux- Changeurs that a gold écu with a crown on it is worth 35 unzains of 25 sols 8deniers parisis each, and that an écu with a crescent is worth 36 unzains of 26 sols and 6 deniers tournois apiece if I don't have a wretched black liard to risk on the double six! Oh! consul Cicero! That's not the sort of calamity you can get out of with periphrases like quemadmodum [in such a way] or verum enim vero [but in point of fact].' He dressed gloomily. A thought had occurred to him as he was lacing up his boots, but at first he rejected it; however, it came again, and he put his waistcoat on back to front, an obvious sign of violent inner struggle. Finally he threw his cap roughly to the ground and exclaimed: 'Too bad! Come of it what may, I'll go to my brother. I'll get a sermon, but I'll get an écu too.'

Then he hurried to put on his tabard with its padded shoulders, picked up his cap, and went out like a man in despair.

He went down the rue de la Harpe towards the Cité. As he passed by the rue de la Huchette, the smell from those wonderful spits ceaselessly turning there came to tickle his olfactory organs, and he looked lovingly at the Cyclopean

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Table of contents

  • Notre-Dame De Paris i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on the Text xxvi
  • Select Bibliography xxvii
  • A Chronology of Victor Hugo xxviii
  • Table of Contents 3
  • Note to the First Edition 7
  • Book One 13
  • I The Great Hall 13
  • II Pierre Gringoire 28
  • III Monsieur Le Cardinal 38
  • IV Maître Jacques Coppenole 45
  • V Quasimodo 54
  • VI La Esmeralda 61
  • Book Two 65
  • II The Place de Grève 68
  • III Besos Para Golpes⋆ 71
  • IV The Disadvantages of Following a Pretty Woman Through the Streets at Night 81
  • V The Disadvantages (Continued) 86
  • VI The Broken Pitcher 89
  • VII A Wedding Night 108
  • Book Three 119
  • I Notre-Dame 119
  • II A Bird's-Eye View of Paris 128
  • Book Four 153
  • I Kind Souls 153
  • II Claude Frollo 157
  • III Immanis Pecoris Custos Immanior Ipse⋆ [Of a Monstrous Flock a Still More Monstrous Keeper] 163
  • IV The Dog and His Master 171
  • V Claude Frollo (Continued) 173
  • VI Popularity 180
  • Book Five 181
  • I Abbas Beati Martini [The Abbot of Saint-Martin] 181
  • II This Will Kill That 192
  • Book Six 207
  • I An Impartial Look at the Old Magistracy 207
  • II The Rat-Hole 218
  • III The Story of a Maize Cake 223
  • IV A Tear for a Drop of Water 244
  • V The Story of the Cake (Concluded) 254
  • Book Seven 255
  • I Of the Danger of Confiding Your Secret to a Goat 255
  • II A Priest and a Philosopher are Two Different Things 270
  • III The Bells 279
  • IV 'AnÁГkh 282
  • V The Two Men in Black 296
  • VI The Effect That Can Be Produced by Seven Oaths Uttered in the Open Air 302
  • VII The Bogeyman-Monk 307
  • VIII Of the Usefulness of Windows Looking Out on to the River 315
  • Book Eight 323
  • I The Gold Écu Turned into a Dry Leaf 323
  • II The Gold Écu Turned into a Dry Leaf (continued) 333
  • III End of the Gold Écu Turned into a Dry Leaf 338
  • IV Lasciate Ogni Speranza [Ball Hope Abandon . . .] 342
  • V The Mother 356
  • VI Three Men's Hearts Differently Made 361
  • Book Nine 379
  • I Fever 379
  • II Hunchbacked, One-Eyed, Lame 391
  • III Deaf 395
  • IV Earthenware and Crystal 398
  • V The Key to the Red Door 409
  • VI The Key to the Red Door (continued) 412
  • Book Ten, I Gringoire Has Several Good Ideas in Succession in the Rue des Bernardins 417
  • II Become a Truand! 428
  • III Three Cheers for Pleasure! 431
  • IV An Awkward Friend 440
  • V The Private Retreat Where Monsieur Louis of France Says His Hours 460
  • VI Little Blade on the Prowl 491
  • VII Châteapers to the Rescue! 492
  • Book Eleven 495
  • I The Little Shoe 495
  • II La Creatura Bella Bianco Vestita (Dante) 528
  • III Phoebus' Marriage 537
  • IV Quasimodo's Marriage 538
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