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Questions about the novel 'The Phantom of the Opera' (French: 'Le Fantôme de l'Opéra') by Gaston Leroux. Use this tag with the tags [gaston-leroux] and [french-language].

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What's the significance of the scene where Christine loses Erik's gold ring?

In Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera, the ring that Erik had given Christine goes missing: Suddenly Christine changed color. A mortal pallor overspread her features. "Oh heavens!" ...
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How many people did the Phantom of the Opera kill?

How many people did the Phantom of the Opera kill? How many people were confirmed as killed by Erik explicitly, either through narration or explicit witness testimomy? How many people were there ...
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Why does the Phantom repeatedly mention Carlotta's throat in "The Phantom of the Opera"?

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 ...
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What does Erik gain by lying to the Persian about the chandelier?

When the Persion meets Erik on the underground lake, and confronts him about the chandelier, Erik denies any involvement: "Well, the chandelier... the chandelier, Erik?..." "What about ...
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What does "Oaths are made to catch gulls with" mean?

In The Phantom of the Opera, Erik uses a strange phrase when speaking to the Persian, saying that oaths are useless: "Erik," I asked, "Erik, swear that..." "What?" he ...
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Who translated the 1995 Penguin Popular Classics version of "The Phantom of the Opera"?

I recently started reading the 1995 Penguin Popular Classics version of The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. While reading it, however, I noticed that there is no attribution printed in the book ...
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What does it mean to “die game”?

In chapter 3 of The Phantom of the Opera, it says that the retiring managers had determined to “die game”, as we now say. What does that mean? I have searched the web with no luck.