The Phantom of the Opera

  • 作   者:

    Gaston Leroux

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    Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press

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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.

卡斯顿·勒胡(Gaston Leroux,1868—1927),20世纪初法国最杰出的推理小说家之一,在法国有“永恒的记者”之称,被誉为“通俗小说奇才”。毕业后在一家律师事务所当书记员,业余创作随笔和短篇小说。1890年开始涉身报业,曾作为特派记者周游世界各地。1900年开始创作长篇小说。他的小说风格诡异,擅长以不可思议的内容和场景来营造恐怖玄异的气氛,并在恐怖中淋漓尽致地表达人性。他的《黄色房间之谜》被誉为“不可模仿、不可超越的推理小说杰作”。代表作《歌剧魅影》被多次搬上舞台和荧幕。

Gaston Leroux (6 May 1868– 15 April 1927) , a French journalist and author of detective fiction, was born in Paris in 1868. His experiences as a crime reporter and war correspondent for a French newspaper gave him the background to create his popular novels. He was one of the originators of the detective story, and his young fictional detective, Joseph Rouletabile, was the forerunner of many reporter-detective characters in modern fiction. Two of Leroux’s best-known mysteries are The Perfume of the Lady in Black and The Mystery of the Yellow Room, which is considered one of the finest “locked room” mysteries ever written. A second series of suspense adventures featured an old rascal named Cheri-Bibi. But Leroux’s most enduring work is, of course, The Phantom of the Opera, which was first published in 1910. Leroux died in Nice, France, in 1927.

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.

  • Prologue

  • 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

  • Epilogue

  • The Paris Opera House