Notre Dame De Paris
Everyday, the people of Paris are accustomed to waking to the bells of Notre

Dame. Today, the 6th of January, was different though. It is to be a hectic and
eventful for the ambassadors of Flanders would arrive to discuss the marriage of
the price to Margaret of Flanders. Coincidentally that same day was the Epiphany
and the well-renowned Festival of Fools. As the citizens of Paris awoke, they
assembled in the great hall with different expectations. Many came to watch the
crowning of the Pope of Fools; others are anxiously awaiting the start of a
melodrama. Astoundingly, the great hall is filled beyond capacity when tensions
break and the crowd orders that the promised play to begin at once. It is here
where we meet an important plot developer, Gringoire the poet, who has drafted
the play and as any good playwright would, is tremendously happy about his
masterpiece. However, to his arrant horror everyone present in the great mass of

Parisians losses interest in his production when the ambassadors and other
dignitaries arrive with the archbishop. Determined to have his piece performed,

Gringoire pressures the four actors to continue. Unfortunately, his attempts are
vain. Some time afterwards a crowd rallies together and begins the election of
the Pope of Fools. The crowd becomes boisterous, even his own actors are drawn
to the election. Soon Gringoire is left alone. His hopes and expectations
vanquished, the story’s playwright departs into the streets as the rest of the
city parades its newfound Pope of Fools, the opprobrious, grotesque, Quasimodo.

As people of all ages presented their hideous grimaces in hopes of being elected

Pope, the notorious hunchback of Notre Dame Cathedral was spotted amongst the
assemblage and crowned the most hideous creature on earth. Afterwards, Quasimodo
is raised above the crowd and is ridiculed. However, he perceives the crowd is
paying homage to his crown. Penniless, without shelter, food and nowhere to
turn, Gringoire continues to gape the streets wondering where he will get his
next meal and cursing the people of Paris and their Festival of Fools. As he
roams, he finds an interesting distraction, that of La Esmeralda’s show. The
most beautiful of gypsies, this charming, slender young woman was perceived as a
witch and sorceress because of her exotic show and well-trained goat. In
actuality La Esmeralda was simply an extremely keen and generous person whose
generosity and kindness left everyone she came in contact with entranced. Among
the thunderstruck by her charms and resplendent beauty were the newly elected

Pope, a distraught poet and a sinister and twisted priest. From atop the
shoulders of the masses, Quasimodo has an excellent view of the glowing

Esmeralda as she performs her dances. Her astounding beauty immediately attracts

Quasimodo. He is awakened from his reverie only when his transport comes to a
sudden stop at the orders of a stern and feeble priest. Suddenly the massive

Pope lowers from his thrown and hurls his powerful body at the feet of the
slender old priest. Astonished by the humility of their Pope, the crowd fails to
realize that they have lost their entertainment for the night. Some time
afterwards, we find Gringoire following La Esmeralda in hope that he might find
some source of support. He is thwarted however when a tall, shadowy figure
assaults the gypsy princess; and he is confronted by the powerful fists of

Quasimodo. Like all damsels in distress, Esmeralda requires the help of a knight
in shining armor, she finds her hero in the form of Captain Phoebus de Chateaupйrs.

Meanwhile, Gringoire continues on his way meeting several beggars. He fails to
recognize his location in a very dangerous part of Paris. He is attacked and
kidnapped by the same beggars. He is taken to the dreaded Court of Miracles
where the blind can see, and the lame run. There he is told that the only escape
from death was that he joins them as a member of slang, or a woman can choose to
marry him. He fails the tests miserly but is saved when La Esmeralda is touched
with pity as the noose is placed around his neck. She offers to marry the poet
pitifully. After captured by Phoebus and his archers, Quasimodo was arrested.

Now, on the morrow of the festivities, he stood trial on charges of nocturnal
disturbance, assault, disloyalty and resisting arrest. It was by no means a just
trial. However, the judge and Quasimodo are both completely deaf. Evidently,
this presents a major problem; Quasimodo is not only convicted but because of
miscommunications is given a