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Victor Hugo

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Preface Victor Hugo tells the reader how he came to be inspired to write the book. He visited Notre-Dame Cathedral, where he fou... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 1–6 The book begins with a reference to a day that happened 348 years, 6 months, and 19 days ago. The narrator says nothing ... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 1–7 Gringoire leaves the palace in a bad mood and wanders the streets of Paris alone in Chapter 1. For a while, he stands on... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 1–2 The narrator describes the church of Notre-Dame in great detail in Chapter 1, and he conveys feelings of indignation at ... Read More
Book 4, Chapters 1–6 Chapter 1 recounts the story of how Quasimodo came to be at Notre-Dame Cathedral—he was virtually left on its doorstep a... Read More
Book 5, Chapters 1–2 At the beginning of Chapter 1, Claude Frollo receives an unexpected visit one evening from the king's physician, Jacques... Read More
Book 6, Chapters 1–5 The narrator notes that the year 1842 found many appointments and dismissals of posts by the king, Louis XI, who was "in... Read More
Book 7, Chapters 1–8 Several weeks later, a group of girls can be seen across from Notre-Dame Cathedral in an ornate house. They laugh and ta... Read More
Book 8, Chapters 1–6 Back at the Court of Miracles, a month has passed, and no one has seen Esmeralda. Gringoire is thrown into sadness, miss... Read More
Book 9, Chapters 1–6 Claude doesn't witness Quasimodo's rescue of Esmeralda, as he has escaped to get away from the spectacle and his emotion... Read More
Book 10, Chapters 1–7 Back at his tower, Claude finds Jehan waiting for him. Jehan tells him he wants to begin leading a better and more hones... Read More
Book 11, Chapters 1–4 While the truants launch their attack in Chapter 1, Esmeralda sleeps, but the uproar eventually wakes her. Upon seeing t... Read More
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