Notre-Dame de Paris

By Victor Hugo ; Alban Krailsheimer | Go to book overview

II
A PRIEST AND A PHILOSOPHER ARE
TWO DIFFERENT THINGS

THE priest whom the girls had noticed on top of the north tower, leaning out over the square and so intently watching the gypsy's dance, was indeed archdeacon Claude Frollo.

Readers will not have forgotten the mysterious cell that the archdeacon had reserved for himself in that tower. (I am not sure, be it said in passing, that it is not the same into which you can still look today through a little square window, open to the east at a man's height, on the platform from which the towers spring: a squalid chamber, at present bare, empty and dilapidated, the peeling plaster of the walls decorated here and there at the moment with a few sorry engravings of cathedral façades. I assume that this hole is jointly inhabited by bats and spiders, and is consequently the scene of a double war of extermination against flies.)

Every day, an hour before sunset, the archdeacon would climb the tower stairs and shut himself up in this cell, sometimes staying there all night. On that day, just as he arrived outside the low door of the cubby-hole and was inserting in the lock the intricate little key which he always carried with him in the wallet hanging by his side, the sound of tambourine and castanets reached his ear. That sound came from the Place du Parvis. The cell, as already mentioned, had only one window, giving on to the rear of the church. Claude Frollo hurriedly extracted the key, and a moment later was standing on top of the tower in the attitude of sombre meditation in which the young ladies had noticed him.

He stood there grave and motionless, absorbed by one look and one thought. The whole of Paris lay at his feet, with the countless spires of its buildings and its circle of gentle hills on the horizon, with its river winding under the bridges and its people flowing through the streets, with the

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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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