In the preface it is said that the book was born under the influence of the word “AMAGKN”, seen by the author on the wall of Notre Dame Cathedral.
January 6, 1482, Paris reads the bell of the bells. Residents of the French capital gather in the Palace of Justice to see the mystery given in honor of the Flanders’ ambassadors. The presentation is delayed. Tired crowd swears and gossips.
The show does not like the public. All her attention is focused on foreign guests and Cardinal Carla of Bourbon. The author of the mystery, the poet and philosopher Pierre Gringoire, despaired of failure. The audience chooses the pope jesters. It becomes Quasimodo – the ugly bell ringer of the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Pierre Gringoire goes to Greve Square, where Esmeralda dances – a dazzlingly beautiful sixteen-year-old gypsy. Having finished the dance, the girl forces the snow-white goat Jali to answer her questions with the help of a tambourine. Representation of the beauty is interrupted by the hermit of Roland’s Tower – a woman who hates gypsies. Shutovka parade stops the archdeacon Claude Frollo. He “overthrows” Quasimodo and leads him away. Pierre Gringoire follows Esmeralda. He sees the scene of the kidnapping of the girl Quasimodo and her subsequent release by the chief of the royal shooters – Phoebe de Chaotomer.
Plundering the streets of Paris, Pierre is in the thieves’
In the closet the gypsy refuses Pierre’s lovemaking. Gringoire is not interesting to her, like a man – she wanted to save him from the gallows and nothing more. Pierre tells the story of his life in the hope that Esmeralda, will love him, knowing better. The girl does not hear the poet – she thinks of Phoebe.
The author describes the architectural features of the Cathedral of the Notre Dame, which combines the features of the Romanesque and Gothic style. Then he invites the reader to climb to the top of the temple to see the medieval Paris from a bird’s eye view.
Hugo tells the story of the formation of the city that grew to the fifteenth century to three large areas – the Cité (Old City, the main buildings – churches, the power is in the hands of the bishop), the University (the left bank of the Seine, educational institutions, rector) and the City (right bank, palaces, commercial foreman). Description of the author the author ends with a bell ringing, coming on Easter from thousands of local churches and temples.
Sixteen years ago, a four-year-old Quasimodo was tossed into the wooden creches of the Notre Dame Cathedral. The townspeople saw in the ugly child of the devil. The young priest Claude Frollo adopted a foundling.
In his youth, Claude studied actively, at the age of nineteen he became the orphan and sole guardian of his younger brother Jean, at twenty he accepted a spiritual title.
Quasimodo grew ugly both bodily and spiritually. He did not perceive the world around him well, he was spiteful and incredibly strong. He almost did not leave the Cathedral and most of all he loved his master – Claude Frollo and the bells, which were once deaf.
The younger brother of Claude grew lazy and a libertine. Disillusioned with family affection and studying everything he could, the archdeacon began to search for a philosophical stone. In the people Claude was a sorcerer.
One day, Claude Frollo visited the royal physician Jacques Quattieu, along with the “provincial nobleman, the lump of Turango,” who turned out to be the king of France – Louis XI.
The author explains the meaning of the words of the archdeacon “it will kill that” by the fact that earlier the word was embodied in the form of architecture, and now – in the form of a book. Monumental thought has become a thought mobile and immortal. True architecture died in the Renaissance. Architecture eventually became a regular geometry.
Junior Judge Chatelet, deaf Florian Barbadien interrogates the deaf Quasimodo. Those present laugh at the comic nature of the situation. The Parisian provost, sir Robert d’Estutville, does not understand that Quasimodo is deaf and condemns him to cruel punishment at the pillory.
The Mayetta provincial tells two Parisians the story of Pucketta Shantfleery, the daughter of a former Rhenish minstrel, after the death of her father who embarked on the path of prostitution and gave birth to her adored daughter Agnes in twenty years. A lovely girl was kidnapped by gypsies, and instead of her, the unhappy mother of a small Quasimodo was thrown. In the hermit of Roland’s Tower (sister Gudula), Mayetta recognizes the unhappy Puckett.
Quasimodo is wheeled on the Greve Square and beaten with a thin whip with “claws” at the ends. While he is tied to a pillar, the crowd rages and throws stones at him. Esmeralda gives Quasimodo water. The bell ringer is crying.
Early March. In the house of the widow of Madame de Gondelorje girls of noble birth gather. The daughter of the mistress of the house Fleur-de-Lis is embroidering. Her fiancé Phoebe looks bewildered and pensive. Girls invite dancing in Esmeralda Square to the house. They envy the beauty of the gypsy and amuse over her attire. Jali deduces the letters “Phoebus” from the letters. Fleur de Lys faints.
Claude Frollo and Quasimodo watch the gypsy dance. Speaking with Esmeralda, Pierre Gringoire tells the archdeacon the story of the girl.
Zhean Miller goes to his older brother for money and sees Claude Frollo trying in vain to concentrate on studying alimhemistry. The Archdeacon refuses to give the negligent schoolboy money, but the arrival of the royal prosecutor of the church court Jacques Charmol makes him change his mind.
Coming out of the cathedral, Jeanne meets Phoebe. They go to drink the money of the archdeacon. Claude Frollo follows them and learns about the upcoming visit of Phoebe to Esmeralda. He watches a young man, almost dueling with him, but then gives money to the room of the old woman Falurdel in exchange for the opportunity to see a fateful meeting. In the midst of amorous pleasures, Claude Frollo leaves her refuge and stabs the dagger into Phoebe’s throat. Esmeralda is arrested.
A month later, Pierre Gringoire accidentally enters the Palace of Justice, where he sees the trial of Esmeralda. Gypsy at first unlocks, but the first torture “Spanish boot” makes her “confess” to crime and witchcraft. Hurrying to dinner, the judges endure the death sentence. Esmeralda is placed in the underground prison Turnel, where she is visited by Claude Frollo and talks about her passion. Archidyakon asks the gypsy to take pity on him, giving him at least a little affection, and offers to run. The girl pushes him away.
Phoebe recovers and disappears into the regiment. In May, he returns to Paris and ends up in the execution of Esmeralda. The Archdeacon makes the last attempt to save the gypsy, but she again rejects it. The girl sees Phoebe on the balcony and faints with happiness and sorrow. Quasimodo pulls Esmeralda out of the hands of the executioner and hides her in the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Claude Frollo runs out of town. He spends the whole day in torment. In the evening the archdeacon watches the meeting of his brother Jean with a street slut at the old woman Falurdel. At midnight in the Cathedral he sees Esmeralda and takes her for a ghost.
Quasimodo puts the gypsy in a cell that serves as a refuge. He shares his bed and food with her.
Emerald’s soul wounds heal. She finds a common language with Quasimodo, considers herself guilty of the fact that Phoebus sees her as a criminal. Noticing the captain’s square, Esmeralda asks Quasimodo to bring him to her. Phoebus refuses to go for the bell-ringer, considering him a messenger from the other world.
Claude Frollo is jealous of the gypsy woman to Quasimodo. One night he makes his way into Esmeralda’s cell and tries to take possession of the girl. The bell ringer pulls the archdeacon from the gypsy.
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Claude Frollo proposes Pierre Gringoire to exchange clothes with Esmeralda to get her out of the cathedral. The poet does not want to be hanged. He suggests saving the girl otherwise.
Zhean Miller asks his brother for money. Otherwise, he threatens to go into vagabonds. The Archdeacon throws his purse in his heart.
The Courtyard of Wonders is preparing for the liberation of Esmeralda. Zhean Miller is drunk with delirium. Quasimodo throws a heavy log, stones and melted lead onto the heads of tramps. Jehan tries to penetrate the Cathedral with a ladder, but Quasimodo throws it onto the square. After her, the younger brother of the archdeacon flies.
In the Bastille, Louis XI gets acquainted with state accounts, examines a new wooden cage, reads correspondence. Upon learning of the riot of the Parisian mob, the king sends the marksmen to the Council.
Pierre Gringoire and Claude Frollo help Esmeralda to escape. The poet takes Jali with him, leaving the gypsy in the care of the archdeacon. The latter leads the girl to Greve Square and puts before an agonizing choice: he or the gallows. Esmeralda once again rejects Claude. He gives it to Gudula, and he runs after the people.
The hermit of Roland’s tower shows the daughter’s slipper a gypsy. Esmeralda recognizes her mother in it. Gudula drags the girl into the tower and tries to direct the royal shooters on a false trail. The gypsy gives himself away when he heard Phoebe’s voice. Arrows break the tower, pull Esmeralda out of the mother’s arms and lead to the gallows. Distraught from the grief of Gudula bites the executioner. The woman is pushed to the pavement, she bangs her head and dies.
Claude Frollo and Quasimodo observe the execution of Esmeralda. The bell ringer pushes the archdeacon from the Cathedral.
Quasimodo dies on the body of Esmeralda, dropped into the Monfocon.