The Phantom of the Opera

[1929 reissue]

1   
Sanctuary of song lovers,
  The Paris Opera 
House, rising nobly over
medieval torture cham-
bers, hidden dungeons,
  long forgotten.

2
Melody floats through 
  hall and corridor
even to the executive
offices, where a strange 
 deal is being closed.

3
"Now the Notary's seal,
 gentlemen, and you are
   the fortunate new
       owners."

4
"It is barely possible
 you may hear of a
 ghost, a Phantom of 
     the Opera!"

5
"The attendant of Box 
 Five will not laugh
 when you ask about
  the opera ghost!"

6
"You jest, Messieurs!
 We are not children!"

7
"Who occupies Box 
     Five?"

8
"I do not know."

9
"I have seen only the 
cloaked figure of a 
man who hides his 
face and will not speak!"

10
"Is it the Phantom?"

11
"The Phantom! The
Phantom is up from 
the cellars again!"

12
"We saw him for an 
instant - - a gray 
shadow - - and he
    was gone!"

13
"He had no nose!"

14
"Yes, he did, it was
     enormous!"

15
"That man came out 
of the cellars - just
 after we saw the 
 Phantom. Could it
  be that he - ?"

16
"Joseph Buquet has
 really seen the 
Phantom! Let's ask
      him -"

17
"His eyes are ghastly 
beads in which there 
is no light - like holes
in a grinning skull!"

18
"His face is like leprous 
 parchment, yellow skin
   strung tight over
   protruding bones!"

19
"His nose - there 
   is no nose!"

20
"Have a care, Buquet -
ghosts like not to be
seen or talked about!"

21
"Come, I'll show you 
where I saw him -
in the scene-dock of
the third cellar."

22
"I saw him there! A 
flash of shadow, and
   he was gone!"

23
"My daughter, Carlotta,
has been insulted!
She, the favorite prima
donna of the Paris 
      Opera!"

24
"No ghost will frighten
Carlotta! Wednesday
evening you will hear
    her singing!"

25
Wednesday night found
Mlle. Carlotta strangely
ill, and Christine Daaé
 singing "Marguerite".

26
"What is this I hear 
about Christine favor-
ing some mysterious 
admirer, instead of 
   you, Raoul?"

27
"Don't worry, my dear
Brother - nothing shall
interfere with our love."

28
"I hear a lot of rumors,
  Raoul - be careful!"

29
"At last you have realized 
your ambition, my darling,
  and now we shall be 
        married."

30
"I can never leave 
 the Opera, Raoul.
  You must forget 
     our love."

31
From hidden places
 beyond the walls a
melodious voice, like the
voice of an angel, spoke
        to her.

32
"Christine, tonight I
  placed the world 
   at your feet!"

33
"To you I have imparted
 the full measure of 
   my art. You will
triumph - all Paris will
     worship you!"

34
"But I warn you, you
must forget all worldly
things and think only 
of your career - and
    your Master!"

35
"Soon, Christine, this
spirit will take form
  and command your 
        love!"

36
"Call for me when
you will. I shall 
   be waiting."

37
In Mlle. Carlotta's corres-
 pondence there appeared
another letter, edged in 
        black!

38
"Christine Daaé's friends
are plotting again! But
my daughter shall sing
tomorrow night, come
      what may!"

39
Encouraged by her 
 mother, Carlotta
defied every warning,
and the following
evening appeared as
 - "Marguerite".

40
"So far so good -
for a house with a 
  curse on it!"

41
"Behold! She is singing
  to bring down the 
     chandelier!"

42
"Christine, I have come 
      for you -"

43
"I am ready, Master -
      waiting!"

44
"Walk to your mirror,
 my dear - - have no
        fear!"

45
"Christine, it is I -
    your Master!"

46
"Look not upon my
mask - think rather
of my devotion which
has brought you the
   gift of song."

47
A black lake, hidden
  from man and the 
sun, leading to the
Phantom's rendezvous.

48
"I have brought you 
here - - five cellars
   underground -"

49
"- because I love you!"

50
 "For long weary
  months I have 
awaited this hour!"

51
"So that which is good
 within me, aroused by
 your purity, might
 plead for your love."

52
"That is where I sleep."

53
"It keeps me reminded 
of that other dream-
less sleep that cures
all ills - forever!"

54
"You - You are the
     Phantom!"

55
"If I am the Phantom, 
 it is because man's
 hatred has made me
         so."

56
"If I shall be saved, it
  will be because your
    love redeems me."

57
"Men once knew me as 
 Erik, but for many
 years I have lived in 
 these cellars, a name-
     less legend."

58
The night passed -
 a night of vague
horrors - - tortured
     dreams - -

59
"Since first I saw your 
face, this music has
been singing to me of
you and of - - love
    triumphant!"

60
"Yet listen - - there
  sounds an ominous
   undercurrent of 
      warning!"

61
 "Feast your eyes -
glut your soul, on my
 accursed ugliness!"

62
"Oh, mad Christine,
who would not heed 
   my warning!"

63
"If you love me, as
you say, let me go.
  I promise to be
your slave forever!"

64
"I shall prove to you 
the depth of my love.
  You may return to
 your world for the
present. You may sing
in the opera once more."

65
"But, remember, you are
mine - mine - and you
shall not see your lover
again! If you do, it is
  death to you both!"

66
"Oh, I swear it, I swear
 it! I shall never see
      him again!"

67
    ONE night each year,
 all Paris mingled, for-
 getful of caste - - the
merry, mad Bal Masque de
l'Opera.

68
 INTO the midst of the 
     revelry, strode a
spectral figure, robed
in red.

69
"Beneath your dancing feet
are the tombs of tortured 
men - thus does the
Red Death rebuke your
merriment!"

70
"Don't let him see us,
 Raoul - or it is death
      for us both!"

71
High above Paris -
 on the roof of
   the Opera!

72
"Are we alone, Raoul?
 Can anyone overhear
    what we say?"

73
"I have seen him,
Raoul! I have seen
   the Phantom!"

74
"He is a monster - a
  loathsome beast!
 You must save me 
 from him, Raoul!"

75
"Mlle. Carlotta, under
the spell of his curse
will never sing again.
 Tomorrow I take her 
place in Faust. After
 the performance you
  must take me away!"

76
"I shall be at the stage
 door. We will flee to 
         England."

77
"She has betrayed me!"

78
"Not that way -
   this way!"

79
"That was the Opera 
       ghost!"

80
"This is your man,
Monsieur le Prefect -
The Phantom of the 
      Opera!"

81
At nine o'clock the
following evening a
mysterious barouche
stopped on the rotunda
 side of the Opera.

82
"Wait for me at the
     west gate."

83
"I have heard his voice
 once more, Raoul. He
 knows our plans - - 
     everything."

84
"Believe in my love, 
  Raoul. Save me
 from that monster
  - oh, save me!"

85
"My barouche is wait-
ing outside. We leave
immediately after the
    performance!"

86
"Dry your tears, dear,
 and hasten - - you
 must make ready for 
  your performance!"

87
"Come quick! The
strangler's work
    again!"

88
"It was there!"

89
"I saw the body
dangling in the
     air!"

90
"My brother - - poor
 Joseph, he knew too
   much about the 
      Phantom!"

91
"The Punjab lasso - the
   strangler's cord!"

92
"Assassin! Hide your-
 self in the deepest
 shadows - but I shall
    find you out!"

93
Fear for his brother's 
safety, brought Comte
de Chagny to the Opera
  house that night.

94
"I think I can take you 
to Christine Daaé - if 
 you do exactly as I 
      tell you."

95
 "Who are you that 
 knows the Phantom's 
secrets - and betrays 
       them?"

96
"I am Ledoux of the 
Secret Police. I have
studied this Phantom 
    for months."

97
"I found this hiding place
 deep within the torture
   chambers where he
 himself was confined
  during the second
     Revolution."

98
"Keep your hand up -
the strangler's noose 
    coils quick!"

99
"Your hand up - it
is a matter of life
     or death!"

100
"The discovery of this 
trap-door cost Joseph
  Buquet his life."

101
"I am a messenger from 
 the shadows - - turn 
  back ere ye perish!"

102
"You lied to me! Do
 you think you and
 your lover could
cheat the Phantom?"

103
"Ungrateful fool! You 
have spurned the spirit
that inspired you - -
the spirit that made 
      you great!"

104
"Now, you shall see the 
evil spirit that makes 
    my evil face!"

105
"No longer like a toad
in these foul cellars
will I secrete the venom
of hatred - - for you
shall bring me love!"

106
"We should be within 
his hiding place, now."

107
"We have fallen into 
 the room of many 
mirrors - - the old
 torture chamber!"

108
"I am human like other
 men - - I will not
  be cheated of my 
     happiness!"

109
"Raoul! Raoul! My
Brother - where are 
       you?"

110
"It seems we have 
     callers."

111
"Christine! Christine!
  Can you hear me?"

112
"Your voice sounds 
near - Try to find 
 a door that will
   lead to us."

113
"Look about you - 
try to learn where 
he keeps the keys."

114
"The callers have
    departed."

115
"I have discovered the
Phantom's hiding place
 - tonight my brother
   will be avenged!"

116
"Did you hear voices?"

117
"Perhaps we have 
 more callers."

118
HEAT - intolerable
     heat!

119
"Fools - do they think
 they can match their 
 wits against Erik?"

120
"What do you offer 
 for their lives?"

121
"Your answer quick -
they can survive but 
   a few moments!"

122
"Gunpowder!"

123
"You have your chance 
of saving him. Will
you be the bride of 
Erik, or do you prefer
to watch your lover 
       die?"

124
"If you turn the Scorpion
- you have said 'Yes' and
    spared de Chagny."

125
"Turn the grasshopper
  - - and the Opera
House is blown to a
  thousand bits!"

126
"I'll do anything you
 say, if you will only 
     save them!"

Finis

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