The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux / Learn and Improve English Audiobook, Full Story eBook

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Free English Story eBook: The Phantom of the Opera

Author: Gaston Leroux

An old theatre under new management; a diva who thinks she can sing; a young ingenue who really can; a masked man who wreaks havoc if he doesn’t get his own way. Secrets, intrigues, falling chandeliers! The Phantom of the Opera is here! (Summary by Karen Savage)

Book Excerpt / Prologue

IN WHICH THE AUTHOR OF THIS SINGULAR WORK INFORMS THE READER HOW HE ACQUIRED THE CERTAINTY THAT THE OPERA GHOST REALLY EXISTED

The Opera ghost really existed. He was not, as was long believed, a creature of the imagination of the artists, the superstition of the managers, or a product of the absurd and impressionable brains of the young ladies of the ballet, their mothers, the box-keepers, the cloak-room attendants or the concierge. Yes, he existed in flesh and blood, although he assumed the complete appearance of a real phantom; that is to say, of a spectral shade.

When I began to ransack the archives of the National Academy of Music I was at once struck by the surprising coincidences between the phenomena ascribed to the “ghost” and the most extraordinary and fantastic tragedy that ever excited the Paris upper classes; and I soon conceived the idea that this tragedy might reasonably be explained by the phenomena in question. The events do not date more than thirty years back; and it would not be difficult to find at the present day, in the foyer of the ballet, old men of the highest respectability, men upon whose word one could absolutely rely, who would remember as though they happened yesterday the mysterious and dramatic conditions that attended the kidnapping of Christine Daae, the disappearance of the Vicomte de Chagny and the death of his elder brother, Count Philippe, whose body was found on the bank of the lake that exists in the lower cellars of the Opera on the Rue-Scribe side. But none of those witnesses had until that day thought that there was any reason for connecting the more or less legendary figure of the Opera ghost with that terrible story.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux / Learn and Improve English Audiobook, Full Story eBook

PUBLISHED: 1911 / 254 Pages

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Prologue
1/ Is It a Ghost?
2 / The New Margarita
3 / The Mysterious Reason
4 / Box Five
5 / The Enchanted Violin
6 / A Visit to Box Five
7 / Faust and What Followed
8 / The Mysterious Brougham
9 / At the Masked Ball
10 / Forget the Name of the Man’s Voice
11 / Above the Trap-Doors
12 / Apollo’s Lyre
13 / A Master-stroke of the Trap-Door Lover
14 / The Singular Attitude of a Safety-Pin
15 / Christine! Christine!
16 / Mme. Giry’s Revelations
17 / The Safety-Pin Again
18 / The Commissary, the Viscount and the Persian
19 / The Viscount and the Persian
20 / In the Cellars of the Opera
21 / Interesting Vicissitudes
22 / In the Torture Chamber
23 / The Tortures Begin
24 / Barrels! Barrels!
25 / The Scorpion or the Grasshopper: Which?
26 / The End of the Ghost’s Love Story
27 / Epilogue and the Paris Opera House

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