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fdelopera:

Welcome to the 12th installment of 15 Weeks of Phantom, where I post all 68 installments of Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, as they were first printed in Le Gaulois newspaper 105 yeas ago.

In today’s installment, we have Part III of Chapter 5: “Suite de « La Loge N° 5 »” (“Box 5 Continued”), and Part I of Chapter 6, “Le Violon Enchanté” (“The Magic Violin”).

This section was first printed on Saturday, 9 October, 1909.

For anyone following along in David Coward’s translation, the text starts in Chapter 5 at Moncharmin’s line, “I’m sorry to hear that, my good woman” and goes to the description of Christine and Daddy Daaé in Chapter 6, “They slept in barns, in preference to a room at an inn, snuggling up next to each other in the straw just as in the old days when they were so poor in Sweden.”

There are some differences between the standard 1st Edition text and the Gaulois text. In this section, these include (highlighted in red above):

1) Compare the Gaulois: “des soirs, je retrouve même des fleurs dans la loge”

To the 1st Edition: “des soirs je retrouve même des fleurs dans ma loge”

(“some evenings, I even find flowers in the/my box”)

This may have been a typo in the 1st Edition, since it seems odd that Mme Giry would refer to Box 5 as *her* box after establishing it as belonging to the Phantom.

2) Compare the Gaulois: “…se jeta dans une voiture, qui, quelque diligence qu’elle y mit, le déposa trop tard sur le quai de la gare Montparnasse…”

(“…he jumped in a cab, which, although it made haste, deposited him too late on the platform of Montparnasse station…”)

To the 1st Edition: “…se jeta dans une voiture qui d’ailleurs le déposa trop tard sur le quai de la gare de Montparnasse…”

(“…he jumped in a cab, which by the bye deposited him too late on the platform of Montparnasse station…”)

3) Compare the Gaulois: “Il passa une journée maussade…” (“He spent the day in a foul mood…”)

To the 1st Edition: “Raoul passa une journée maussade…” (“Raoul spent the day in a foul mood…”)

4) Compare the Gaulois: “Le père de Daaé était…” (“Daaé’s father was…”)

To the 1st Edition: “Le père Daaé était” (“Father Daaé was…”)

5) Compare the Gaulois: “Il jouait du violon comme pas un ménétrier de toute la Scandinavie”

(“He played the violin like no other fiddler in all of Scandinavia”)

To the 1st Edition: “Il jouait du violon et était considéré comme le meilleur ménétrier de toute la Scandinavie”

(“He played the violin and was regarded as the best fiddler in all of Scandinavia”)

6) In the Gaulois, the Swedish town of Ljungby is spelled Ljmby. In the 1st Edition, is it spelled Limby.

7) Minor differences in punctuation and italicization.

Click here to see the entire edition of Le Gaulois from 9 October, 1909. This link brings you to page 3 of the newspaper — Le Fantôme is at the bottom of the page. Click on the big green arrow buttons towards the top of the webpage to turn the pages of the newspaper, and click on the magnifying glass icon at the top left to zoom.

fdelopera:

#Considering the Opera was always in the red except under like Halanzier’s directorship #Poligny and Debienne’s mismanagement is hilarious to me #Just one more explanation why the Opera can’t seem to make money… (via spindleshanking)

One theory that I’ve entertained at times is that Debienne and Poligny might roughly correspond to Vaucorbeil, who was the Opéra manager from 1879 to 1884, and that the management before them was meant to correspond to Halanzier (1871-1979). That would make Richard and Moncharmin roughly correspond to Gailhard and Ritt.

An argument against this is that Leroux (or rather Leroux’s narrator) mentions Gailhard by name several times in Phantom as someone who has given him insider information about the Opéra. This makes it less likely that Richard/Moncharmin were meant to correspond to Gailhard/Ritt.

Another argument against this is that Leroux indicates in the paragraph from the Gaulois that I translated that Debienne and Poligny were in office during the time following the Franco-Prussian war, which would put them more in line with the dates of Halanzier’s tenure (1871-1879), making Richard and Moncharmin correspond to Vaucorbeil (1879-1884).

A third argument for Richard and Moncharmin corresponding with the dates of Vaucorbeil’s tenure is that the gala that Leroux describes at the beginning of Phantom fits the description of a gala that took place at the Opéra in 1879 (June instead of January), which is described in the above image, taken from the book, C. Saint-Saëns (1835-1921): sa vie et son œuvre by Jean Bonnerot. (I love Google books so much!!!)

Compare the description highlighted above in red to Leroux’s description of the gala in “La Nouvelle Marguerite” (“The New Marguerite”). I’ve bolded the relevant information:

Songez donc que Gounod, Reyer, Saint-Saëns, MassenetGuiraud, Delibes, montèrent à tour de rôle au pupitre du chef d’orchestre et dirigèrent eux-mêmes l’exécution de leurs œuvres. Ils eurent, entre autres interprètes, Faure et la Krauss, et c’est ce soir-là que se révéla au Tout-Paris stupéfait et enivré cette Christine Daaé dont je veux, dans cet ouvrage, faire connaître le mystérieux destin.

Gounod avait fait exécuter La marche funèbre d’une Marionnette ; Reyer, sa belle ouverture de Sigurd ; Saint-Saëns, La Danse macabre et une Rêverie orientale ; Massenet, une Marche hongroise inédite ; Guiraud, son Carnaval ; Delibes, La Valse lente de Sylvia et les pizzicati de Coppélia, Mlles Krauss et Denise Bloch avaient chanté : la première, le boléro des Vêpres siciliennes ; la seconde, le brindisi de Lucrèce Borgia.

Of course, the argument can also be made that since Richard and Moncharmin are fictional characters, they are not meant to correspond to any of the historical Opera managers. Or that if they do correspond to actual former managers, those people might have been from a different time period than the late 1870s/early 1880s (like the actual Persian being from the time of the old Opéra Peletier).

Still, it is interesting to try and figure out Leroux’s inspiration for these characters, since it is clear that he based other characters on real people, such as Christine Daaé on Kristina Nilsson, the Persian on Mohammed Ismaël Khan, and Carlotta (possibly) on Adelina Patti.

One thing is for certain — Leroux’s particular blend of fact and fiction has kept us guessing about the influences for Phantom for 105 years, and it will no doubt keeps us guessing for many years to come!

rumpelstiltskinned asked:

What if Ayesha accidentally got caught and died in one of Erik's traps

rumpelstiltskinned:

elf-in-mirror:

rumpelstiltskinned:

lottiethroughthemirror:

elf-in-mirror:

rumpelstiltskinned:

elf-in-mirror:

HELLO SATAN

(He’d probably get himself killed trying to save her)

Or he just finds her, and it’s Sasha all over again and he buries her and sings her requiem and in the back of his mind he frets whether or not his mother was right about animals not having souls.

how dare you bring Sasha into this

He convinces himself that if animals don’t have souls, neither has he. He’s not a human being, after all. Not truly.

STOP IT! PLEASE! ;_;

Wow Elf congrats you made it even sadder

(thank you master)

and I hadn’t even gotten to the part where Erik tries to comfort himself by saying that well, if he doesn’t have a soul, at least he won’t be going to Hell. Someone like him would hardly be heading for Paradise, after all.

And then he starts crying because he realizes it means that even the Devil refuses to accept him.

rumpelstiltskinned:

To celebrate my first year in the phandom, I decided to do a little giveaway!
PRIZES
"The Mystery of the Yellow Chamber" by Gaston Leroux (author of The Phantom of the Opera)
Self-made Red Death bracelet
Japanese Cast Recording of the ALW Musical (I do believe it’s the 1992 one)
Self-made Star Princess box
plus a personal card from me and a note from Erik!
RULES
You do not have to be following me, though it would be nice.
I will ship anywhere.
Only reblogs count
No giveaway blogs
Winner will be randomly drawn
One reblog per person. Each person gets one entry. You can reblog it more than once, but I will only count one entry.
You have to be willing to share you home address with me. I promise that no confidential info will leak. If you are still a minor, please ask your parents for permission.
I will post the winner’s name on my blog and contact them. If I don’t get a response within three days, I will draw a new name.
Giveaway ends on Halloween October 31st at 11 pm (GMT+1).
Good Luck!
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rumpelstiltskinned:

To celebrate my first year in the phandom, I decided to do a little giveaway!
PRIZES
"The Mystery of the Yellow Chamber" by Gaston Leroux (author of The Phantom of the Opera)
Self-made Red Death bracelet
Japanese Cast Recording of the ALW Musical (I do believe it’s the 1992 one)
Self-made Star Princess box
plus a personal card from me and a note from Erik!
RULES
You do not have to be following me, though it would be nice.
I will ship anywhere.
Only reblogs count
No giveaway blogs
Winner will be randomly drawn
One reblog per person. Each person gets one entry. You can reblog it more than once, but I will only count one entry.
You have to be willing to share you home address with me. I promise that no confidential info will leak. If you are still a minor, please ask your parents for permission.
I will post the winner’s name on my blog and contact them. If I don’t get a response within three days, I will draw a new name.
Giveaway ends on Halloween October 31st at 11 pm (GMT+1).
Good Luck!
Zoom Info
rumpelstiltskinned:

To celebrate my first year in the phandom, I decided to do a little giveaway!
PRIZES
"The Mystery of the Yellow Chamber" by Gaston Leroux (author of The Phantom of the Opera)
Self-made Red Death bracelet
Japanese Cast Recording of the ALW Musical (I do believe it’s the 1992 one)
Self-made Star Princess box
plus a personal card from me and a note from Erik!
RULES
You do not have to be following me, though it would be nice.
I will ship anywhere.
Only reblogs count
No giveaway blogs
Winner will be randomly drawn
One reblog per person. Each person gets one entry. You can reblog it more than once, but I will only count one entry.
You have to be willing to share you home address with me. I promise that no confidential info will leak. If you are still a minor, please ask your parents for permission.
I will post the winner’s name on my blog and contact them. If I don’t get a response within three days, I will draw a new name.
Giveaway ends on Halloween October 31st at 11 pm (GMT+1).
Good Luck!
Zoom Info
rumpelstiltskinned:

To celebrate my first year in the phandom, I decided to do a little giveaway!
PRIZES
"The Mystery of the Yellow Chamber" by Gaston Leroux (author of The Phantom of the Opera)
Self-made Red Death bracelet
Japanese Cast Recording of the ALW Musical (I do believe it’s the 1992 one)
Self-made Star Princess box
plus a personal card from me and a note from Erik!
RULES
You do not have to be following me, though it would be nice.
I will ship anywhere.
Only reblogs count
No giveaway blogs
Winner will be randomly drawn
One reblog per person. Each person gets one entry. You can reblog it more than once, but I will only count one entry.
You have to be willing to share you home address with me. I promise that no confidential info will leak. If you are still a minor, please ask your parents for permission.
I will post the winner’s name on my blog and contact them. If I don’t get a response within three days, I will draw a new name.
Giveaway ends on Halloween October 31st at 11 pm (GMT+1).
Good Luck!
Zoom Info
rumpelstiltskinned:

To celebrate my first year in the phandom, I decided to do a little giveaway!
PRIZES
"The Mystery of the Yellow Chamber" by Gaston Leroux (author of The Phantom of the Opera)
Self-made Red Death bracelet
Japanese Cast Recording of the ALW Musical (I do believe it’s the 1992 one)
Self-made Star Princess box
plus a personal card from me and a note from Erik!
RULES
You do not have to be following me, though it would be nice.
I will ship anywhere.
Only reblogs count
No giveaway blogs
Winner will be randomly drawn
One reblog per person. Each person gets one entry. You can reblog it more than once, but I will only count one entry.
You have to be willing to share you home address with me. I promise that no confidential info will leak. If you are still a minor, please ask your parents for permission.
I will post the winner’s name on my blog and contact them. If I don’t get a response within three days, I will draw a new name.
Giveaway ends on Halloween October 31st at 11 pm (GMT+1).
Good Luck!
Zoom Info
rumpelstiltskinned:

To celebrate my first year in the phandom, I decided to do a little giveaway!
PRIZES
"The Mystery of the Yellow Chamber" by Gaston Leroux (author of The Phantom of the Opera)
Self-made Red Death bracelet
Japanese Cast Recording of the ALW Musical (I do believe it’s the 1992 one)
Self-made Star Princess box
plus a personal card from me and a note from Erik!
RULES
You do not have to be following me, though it would be nice.
I will ship anywhere.
Only reblogs count
No giveaway blogs
Winner will be randomly drawn
One reblog per person. Each person gets one entry. You can reblog it more than once, but I will only count one entry.
You have to be willing to share you home address with me. I promise that no confidential info will leak. If you are still a minor, please ask your parents for permission.
I will post the winner’s name on my blog and contact them. If I don’t get a response within three days, I will draw a new name.
Giveaway ends on Halloween October 31st at 11 pm (GMT+1).
Good Luck!
Zoom Info

rumpelstiltskinned:

To celebrate my first year in the phandom, I decided to do a little giveaway!

PRIZES

  • "The Mystery of the Yellow Chamber" by Gaston Leroux (author of The Phantom of the Opera)
  • Self-made Red Death bracelet
  • Japanese Cast Recording of the ALW Musical (I do believe it’s the 1992 one)
  • Self-made Star Princess box
  • plus a personal card from me and a note from Erik!

RULES

  • You do not have to be following me, though it would be nice.
  • I will ship anywhere.
  • Only reblogs count
  • No giveaway blogs
  • Winner will be randomly drawn
  • One reblog per person. Each person gets one entry. You can reblog it more than once, but I will only count one entry.
  • You have to be willing to share you home address with me. I promise that no confidential info will leak. If you are still a minor, please ask your parents for permission.
  • I will post the winner’s name on my blog and contact them. If I don’t get a response within three days, I will draw a new name.

Giveaway ends on Halloween October 31st at 11 pm (GMT+1).

Good Luck!

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