The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

Chapter 1

What happens to the rope, according to Mocharmin? What happens to the rope, according to Leroux?

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So this is an event which M. Moncharmin thinks natural. A man hangs at the end of a rope; they go to cut him down; the rope has disappeared. Oh, M. Moncharmin found a very simple explanation! Listen to him:

`It was just after the ballet; and leaders and dancing-girls lost no time in taking their precautions against the evil eye.'

There you are! Picture the corps de ballet scuttling down the Jacob's ladder and dividing the suicide's rope among themselves in less time than it takes to write! When, on the other hand, I think of the exact spot where the body was discovered - the third cellar underneath the stage! - imagine that somebody must have been interested in seeing that the rope disappeared after it had effected its purpose; and time will show if I am wrong.



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