Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Some years ago, while visiting the cathedral of Notre-Dame, or, to speak more properly, exploring every corner of it, the author of this book discovered, in a dark corner in one of the towers, this word, engraven upon the wall,—


These Greek capitals, black with age and deeply cut into the stone, with certain peculiarities of form and posture belonging to the Gothic calligraphy, as if to declare that they had been traced there by some hand of the Middle Ages, — above all, the dismal and fatal meaning they conveyed,—struck the author forcibly.

He asked himself, he strove to conjecture, what soul in pain this might be that would not quit the world without stamping this stigma of crime or misfortune on the walls of the old cathedral.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Claude Frollo restrains Quasimodo from violence

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Quasimodo being offered water by Esmeralda

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