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When Erik is monologuing to Christine in his room underneath the Opera, and Raoul and the Persian are trapped in the torture chamber, Erik says this:

Meantime, the other had already begun to play the ventriloquist. He said:
"Here, I raise my mask a little... Oh, only a little!... You see my lips, such lips as I have? They're not moving! [...] What does it say? 'I am the little bag of life and death!'... And now, crack! It is in Carlotta's throat, in Carlotta's golden throat, in Carlotta's crystal throat, as I live! What does it say? It says, 'It's I, Mr. Toad, it's I singing! *I feel without alarm—co-ack—with its melody enwind me—co-ack!'... And now, crack! It is on a chair in the ghost's box and it says, 'Madame Carlotta is singing to-night to bring the chandelier down!'... And now, crack! Aha! Where is Erik's voice now? Listen, Christine, darling! Listen!["]
The Phantom of the Opera, chapter XXIII: "The Tortures Begin" (translation by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos, 1911)

Why does Erik mention Carlotta's throat so many times?

It is in Carlotta's throat, in Carlotta's golden throat, in Carlotta's crystal throat, as I live!

This is three repetitions of a similar phrase, with a different descriptor each time. The Phantom repeats himself several times in this monologue, but this one jumped out at me as being excessive - it's repeated three times. Why does Erik mention Carlotta's throat so many times in this monologue?

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  • Not familiar with the story (I don't think watching Phantom of the Paradise counts) but I'd guess it's because the throat is important for singing, but is also a vulnerable place where you can kill someone.
    – Stuart F
    Jun 13, 2022 at 9:32
  • Isn't he explaining how he managed to make Carlotta croak like a toad earlier in the novel? Or is that not what you're asking? Jun 13, 2022 at 21:06

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