The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera was first published as a serialisation in Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909, to January 8, 1910. The novel is partly inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century and an apocryphal tale concerning the use of a former ballet pupil's skeleton in Carl Maria von Weber's 1841 production of Der Freischütz.The long-ago mysteries of the great opera house in Paris have never been explained. Why did so many terrible tragedies happen there? Why did everyone flee from it in fear? This gripping story about the “opera ghost” and the beautiful singer he loves launched one of the most popular musicals in Broadway history—and it serves up enough thrills, chills, and surprises to keep even the most reluctant reader fascinated.
Is It the Ghost? It was the evening on which MM. Debienne and Poligny, the managers of the Opera, were giving a last gala performance to mark their retirement. Suddenly the dressing-room of La Sorelli, one of the principal dancers, was invaded by half-a-dozen young ladies of the ballet, who had come up from the stage after “dancing” Polyeucte. They rushed in amid great confusion, some giving vent to forced and unnatural laughter, others to cries of terror.
- Chapter I Is it the Ghost?
- Chapter II The New Margarita
- Chapter III The Mysterious Reason
- Chapter IV Box Five
- Chapter V The Enchanted Violin
- Chapter VI A Visit to Box Five
- Chapter VII Faust and What Followed
- Chapter VIII The Mysterious Brougham
- Chapter IX At the Masked Ball
- Chapter X Forget the Name of the Man's Voice
- Chapter XI Above the Trap-Doors
- Chapter XII Apollo's Lyre
- Chapter XIII A Master-Stroke of the Trap-Door Lover
- Chapter XIV The Singular Attitude of a Safety-Pin
- Chapter XV Christine! Christine!
- Chapter XVI Mme. Giry's Astounding Revelations as to Her Personal Relations with the Opera Ghost
- Chapter XVII The Safety-Pin Again
- Chapter XVIII The Commissary, The Viscount and the Persian
- Chapter XIX The Viscount and the Persian
- Chapter XX In the Cellars of the Opera
- Chapter XXI Interesting and Instructive Vicissitudes of a Persian in the Cellars of the Opera
- Chapter XXII In the Torture Chamber
- Chapter XXIII The Tortures Begin
- Chapter XXIV "Barrels!... Barrels!... Any Barrels to Sell?"
- Chapter XXV The Scorpion or the Grasshopper: Which?
- Chapter XXVI The End of the Ghost's Love Story
- The Paris Opera House