The Phantom of the Opera

By Gaston Leroux

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First published in French as a serial in 1909, The Phantom of the Opera is a riveting story that revolves around the young, Swedish Christine Daaé. Her father, a famous musician, dies, and she is raised in the Paris Opera House with his dying promise of a protective angel of music to guide her. After a time at the opera house, she begins hearing a voice, who eventually tea First published in French as a serial in 1909, The...

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December 30th 1987 by Harper Perennial

(first published September 23rd 1909)

Edition Language
English

Quotes From "The Phantom of the Opera"

"All I wanted was to be loved for myself." (Erik)"
"He had a heart that could have held the entire empire of the world; and, in the end, he had to content himself with a cellar."
"Know that it is a corpse who loves you and adores you and will never, never leave you!...Look, I am not laughing now, crying, crying for you, Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again!...Oh, mad Christine, who wanted to see me!"
"Are people so unhappy when they love?"
"Yes, Christine, when they love and are not sure of being loved."
"You are crying! You are afraid of me! And yet I am not really wicked. Love me and you shall see! All I wanted was to be loved for myself."
"They played at hearts as other children might play at ball; only, as it was really their two hearts that they flung to and fro, they had to be very, very handy to catch them, each time, without hurting them."
"Erik: Are you very tired?
Christine: Oh, tonight I gave you my soul, and I am dead.
Erik: Your soul is a beautiful thing, child. No emperor received so fair a gift. The angels wept to-night."
"None will ever be a true Parisian who has not learned to wear a mask of gaiety over his sorrows and one of sadness, boredom, or indifference over his inward joy."

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