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Monsieur Firmin put his head in his hands. Then he felt Monsieur Armand's hand on his arm. There was a voice in the box with them! A man's voice, laughing! Poor Carlotta tried again, and again.
Their faces were white. The famous chandelier, with its thousand lights, broke away from its ropes and crashed down on to the people below. That was a terrible night for the Paris Opera House. One woman was killed by the chandelier, and many people were hurt. The Opera House closed for two weeks. And La Carlotta never sang again. La Carlotta sings Margarita 21 The famous chandelier broke away from its ropes and crashed down on to the people below.
For a week Raoul saw Christine every day. Some days Christine was quiet and unhappy, some days she laughed and sang. She never wanted to talk about the Opera House, or her singing, or Raoul's love for her. Raoul was very afraid for her.
Who, or what, was this strange teacher, this man's voice, her 'angel of music'? The tenth floor of the Opera House was a dangerous place. My angel of music 23 Then one day there was no Christine. She was not at her home, not at the Opera House, not at their meeting places. Raoul looked everywhere and asked everybody. Where was Christine Daae? But nobody knew. Two days before the Opera House opened again, a letter arrived for Raoul. It was from Christine. Meet me in an hour at the top of the Opera House, on the tenth floor.
There were hundreds of ropes going down to the stage below — it was a long, long way down. Raoul and Christine sat in a dark corner, and Raoul took Christine's hands. Her face was white and tired. But this is our last meeting. I can never see you again. T love you, and we—' 'Shh! Perhaps he can hear us. He's everywhere in the Opera House, Raoul! What are you talking about, Christine? I couldn't meet you last Saturday because he came for me, and took me away. I was in my dressing-room in the Opera House and suddenly, he was there in front of me!
He wore black everung clothes and a mask over his face. He took me through many secret doors and passages, down, down under the Opera House.
There is a lake down there, a big lake; the waters are My angel of music 24 The Phantom of the Opera black and cold. He took me across the lake in a boat to his house.
He lives there, Raoul, in a house on the lake, under the Opera House! Was his beautiful Christine mad? Christine saw his face, and said quickly: 'It's true, Raoul, it's true! And he But he's not a ghost, he's not an angel of music, he's a man! His name is Erik, and he loves me, he wants me to be his wife!
No, Raoul, listen, there is more. He told me all this in his house, in a beautiful room. He said that no woman could ever love him, because of his face. He was so unhappy! Then he took off his mask, and I saw his face. It is so ugly! I 'He took me across the lake in a boat to his house,' said Christine. My angel of music 25 wanted to scream and run away. But where could I run to? He has the face of a dead man, Raoul, but he is not dead! He has no nose, just two black holes in his yellow face.
And his eyes! Sometimes they are black holes, sometimes they have a terrible red light Then she said, 'I stayed in his house for five days. He was very good to me, and I felt sorry for him, Raoul.
He wants me to love him, and I told him I told him You're going to be my wife! Come away with me at once, today!
You can't go back to him. He knows about us. He says he's going to kill you. I must go back to him. The word whispered round the Opera House. Raoul and Christine stared. Where did it come from? What's going to happen? Come on, let's go down now.
I don't like it up here. There was a man in front of them, a tall man in a long dark coat and a black hat. He turned and looked at them. And go quickly! Raoul ran after her. What's his name? Why did he tell us to go to the front stairs? He's just the Persian. He's always in the Opera House. I think he knows about Erik, but he never talks about him.
Perhaps he saw Erik on those stairs, and wanted to help us. At one of the My angel of music 'No, not these stairs,' the man said. After the opera,' Raoul said. Their first kiss.
Where is Christine Daae? On Saturday morning Comte Philippe looked across the breakfast table at his brother. All this talk about ghosts and phantoms. I think the girl is mad. Are you still going to love her in ten, or twenty, years' time? There were two more unhappy faces in the Opera House, too. The directors now understood about O.
They didn't want any more accidents. Daae is singing Margarita. And here is 20, francs. Madame Giry can leave the money in Box 5 for him. Is that everything? He thought for a minute. Madame Giry says that O.
The evening began well. The chandelier was now back in place, with new ropes. All Paris was in the Opera House. Everybody wanted to hear Christine Daae's voice again.
People also knew about the love story between Christine Daae and the Vicomte de Chagny. There are no love secrets in Paris! People watched the Comte and the Vicomte in Box 14 with interest. Young men from families like de Chagny do not marry opera singers. People watched the Comte and Vicomte in Box 14 with interest. But she sang like an angel. Ah, what a voice!
All Paris was in love with Christine Daae. She began to sing the famous love song. Suddenly, every light in the Opera House went out. For a second nobody moved or spoke.
Then a woman screamed, and all the lights came on again.
But Christine Daae was no longer on the stage! She was not behind the stage, she was not under the stage. Nobody could find her. The Opera House went mad. Everybody ran here and there, shouted and called. In the directors' office, people ran in and out.
The police came, and asked questions. But nobody could answer the questions. Monsieur Armand got angry and shouted, and Monsieur Firmin told him to be quiet. Then Madame Giry arrived in the office with her daughter Meg. We heard a scream - I think it was Christine Daae's voice. Then the lights came back on, but Christine wasn't there! We were very afraid, and we began to run back to our dressing-room. There were people running everywhere! Then we saw the Vicomte dc Chagny.
His face was red and he was very angry. Where's Christine? Suddenly the Persian came up behind him and took his arm. He said Where is Christine Daai? And then? He ran down stairs and along passages, through the Opera House to the back of the stage. In the passage outside Christine's dressing-room, a hand took his arm. Where are you running to, so quickly? Where is she? Help me! How do I get to his house on the lake?
They went quickly into Christine's dressing-room. The Persian closed the door and went to the big mirror on one wall. He put his hands on the big mirror, The house on the lake 33 first here, then there. For a minute nothing happened. Then the mirror began to move and turn, and a big dark hole opened in it. Raoul stared. Come with me, but be careful,' the Persian said.
I understand his secrets. Put your right hand up near your head, like this, and keep it there all the time. Erik is a clever man with ropes in the dark. They went through secret doors in the floors, then along passages and down dark stairs. The Persian listened carefully all the time for strange noises.
Erik watches it all the time. No, we go round the lake and get into Erik's house from the back. I know some secret doors. In the dark, the Persian felt the wall carefully with his hands. The wall moved under his hands and a small door opened. Very quietly, they went through, and then the door closed behind them. They could not get out.
Inside the room it was very dark. They waited and listened. The Persian put his hands on the wall. This is Erik's torture room - the room of mirrors! We are dead men, Vicomte de Chagny, dead men! But he soon learnt. The lights came on, and they heard a man's laugh. Erik knew they were there. The room was all mirrors - walls, floor, ceiling. There were pictures in the mirrors of trees and flowers and rivers.
The pictures moved and danced in front of their eyes. And the room was hot. It got hotter and hotter and hotter. Raoul was thirsty, hot and thirsty, and the rivers in the pictures danced and laughed at him.
He closed his eyes, but the rivers still danced. Water, he needed water, but the mirrors laughed at him. Soon The house on the lake 35 The pictures moved and danced in front of their eyes. He was not thirsty now, just tired, so tired. Behind her Erik stood, with his hands on her arms. Watch him carefully. No, don't close your eyes. Watch him! She wanted to scream, but no words came. Then she found her voice again. Why don't you kill me? Marry me, be my wife, and love me. Then Raoul and the Persian can live.
Madame Giry visits the Persian Slowly, Christine turned. She looked into Erik's terrible ugly face, and spoke again, very quietly.
From this minute I am your wife. Then she took her arms awa and said slowly, 'Poor, unhappy Erik. Oh Christine, my angel That was my first kiss from a woman. Even my mother never kissed me! She gave me my first mask when I was two years old She turned her face away from me every time I came near her. Erik put his ugly face in his hands and cried. Then he went down on the floor at Christine's feet. Go away and marry your Raoul, and be happy.
But remember Erik, sometimes. Go now, quickly! Take Raoul and the Persian, and go! Everybody asked questions, but nobody knew the answers. Where was the Vicomte do Chagny? Were they alive, or dead? And the Phantom of the Opera?
She went in and up the stairs to some rooms at the top of the house. The Persian opened the door. Madame Giry looked at him. Please tell me. Are they alive or dead? They sat down on some chairs by the window, and looked out across the Rivoli Gardens. He did not want to live any longer. I saw his body three days ago, and because of that, I can talk to you about him.
He cannot kill me now. That was not his real name, of course. He was born in France, but I knew him in Persia. He was a famous builder and I worked with him there. For a time I was his friend, but not for long. When he came to Paris, I came after him - I wanted to watch him.
He was a very clever, very dangerous man. He could be in two, or three, places at the same time. He could be in one place, and his voice could come from another place.
He could do many clever things with ropes, and mirrors, and secret doors. You see, he helped to build the Opera House. He built secret passages underground, and his secret house on the lake. He could not live in the outside world, because of his terrible, ugly face. Unhappy Erik! We can feel sorry for him, Madame Giry. He was so clever People screamed when they saw his face. And so he lived this strange life - half-man, half-phantom. He wanted a woman's love What happened to them? What happened to young Raoul and the beautiful Christine?
Perhaps they took a train to the north, and lived a quiet, happy life together there. Perhaps Christine's wonderful voice is still singing, somewhere in the cold and beautiful mountains of Norway.
GLOSSARY alone not with other people angel a messenger from God, or a very special, wonderful person box a small 'room' with three walls in a theatre; you can watch the stage from a box, but other people can't see you chandelier a very big, heautiful light, which has lots of little lights in it clever quick to understand and learn crash v to fall or hit something hard and noisily dancer someone who dances moving the body to music dangerous something dangerous can hurt or kill you director somebody who is the head person in a company, theatre, etc.
How much do you know now about the Phantom of the Opera? Tick one box for each sentence. Can you guess? Who 1. Read Chapters 3 and 4. Here are some untrue sentences about them. Change them into true sentences. Who said or wrote this? Choose the best question-word for these questions, and then answer them.
Who I Where 1. Before you read Chapters 9 and 10, can you guess the answers to these questions? Use these words from the story to complete the letter.
Use each word once. Now, of course, I have only. People when they see my. I am clever, it is true, but no can ever love me. And how can a man live without? When I was a child, I was very. My mother never me. She didn't want to look at me I was so. And years later, I was a man, I did many things. I know that, and I am now. But I did one thing in my life. Christine is. She can marry the Vicomte and be. But 1 can never forget her voice, and I cannot live her.
And so, goodbye. Find the best place in the story to put the picture, and answer these questions. The picture goes on page. Recently added by misjonarze , conexionesinconexas , ramessy1 , indigodu , AtlasLibrary , ChatterMatters , rhtakeuchi. No current Talk conversations about this book. During the rehearsal the set falls Opera, stop the protagonist, and not become stars. Christine has not had to stand and singing teachers have lessons every night in the basement of the Opera.
The teacher's identity is Phantom of the Opera The title is even heard, the story did not know. This story is a little strange,and a little sad story. I like this story's atmosphere. In ,the situation is the Opera House in Paris. There is rumor about the Phantom of the Opera. Joseph Buquet who is the director of it was killed.
I have watched the movie of the Phantom of the Opera. I like this story because its expression of mentality. I want to watch this movie again. Paris in the 19th end of century,many strange incidents happen in Opera House. It is said that a phantom exists in the Opera House. He is ugly and dengerous,so feared by people. He teach singing to Christine,singer in the opera house,and he loves her very much I have watched the movie and like this story!
Phantom loves Cheristine but he has the complex in the ugly face. He is very dengerous person,but I think that he is poor so sympathized with him.
The main character, Christine was an actress is the Opera house. Her voice was very beautiful and she was popular among many guests. When I was a child, I watched The phantom of Opera in the stage. But this time, Thank to read this story, I can understand this story very much. He is loneliness. He is not bad man. I knew this title but I dont know this book story. Firstly I think this men is ghost but he gradually shows his colors.
Who is a mystery men? Curious case happen in Opera. What is behind in the Opera? It is exciting for me to read this book. I want to see musical or movie about the phantom of the Opera. This story character name is written in French. So it is a little difficult for me to read it.