Notre-Dame de Paris

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VI
THE KEY TO THE RED DOOR (CONTINUED)

THAT night la Esmeralda had gone to sleep in her cell, filled with oblivion, hope, and sweet thoughts. She had been asleep for some time, dreaming as always of Phoebus, when she seemed to hear a noise near her. She slept as lightly and restlessly as a bird; the least thing woke her up. She opened her eyes. The night was very dark. She saw, however, at the window a face looking at her. A lamp lit up this apparition. The moment the figure realized that la Esmeralda had seen it, it blew out the lamp. Nevertheless the girl had had time to catch a glimpse. Her eyes closed again in terror. 'Oh!' she said in a faint voice, 'the priest!'

All her past misfortunes came back to her in a flash. She fell back on her bed, ice-cold.

A moment later she felt a touch along her body which made her shudder so violently that she sat up fully awake and furious.

The priest had just slipped in beside her. He had both arms round her.

She tried to scream, but could not.

'Go away, monster! Go away, murderer!' she said in a low voice, trembling with anger and terror.

'Mercy! mercy!'murmured the priest, pressing his lips to her shoulders.

She seized his bald head in both hands by his remaining hair, and strove to ward off his kisses as if they had been bites.

'Mercy!'the wretched man repeated. 'If you knew what my love for you is like! It's fire, molten lead, thousands of knives in my heart!'

And he held her arms still with superhuman strength. Distraught, she said: 'Let me go, or I'll spit in your face!'

He let her go: 'Degrade me, hit me, be vicious! Do whatever you like! But mercy! love me!'

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Table of contents

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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