Book 7, Chapter 4, Anakh

This chapter is a little important, as the word Anakh inscribed on a wall of Notre Dame is said to have inspired Frollo and the rest of book from there. The added word of impurity beneath was probably an add in.

Basically this chapter is Jehan wants money from Frollo. Frollo gives him some money and makes him hide in a stove while Frollo has a guest.

It’s kinda of silly little chapter as interactions with Jehan are mostly always humorous. This chapter also gave us the song Val de Amour from Notre Dame de Paris as that fine establishment is mention here. I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s the only time it’s mention but I not sure.

 


to spice up the post.

 

Book 7, Chapter 5, The Two Men Dressed in Black

In this chapter, while Jehan hides in the stove Frollo has his guest, Master Jacques, the King’s attorney. Jacques tells Frollo that  court is ready to arrest Esmeralda but Frollo tells him to wait till his approval.

It’s then that Frollo sees a fly caught in a spider web. Frollo likens the fly to both him and Esmeralda. That they both were in search of the sun, though with Esmeralda the metaphor is more literal as she loves the sun and freedom whereas with Frollo it’s more metaphoric as sun is learning and eternal truth. He is also the spider too. Both the spider and fly are caught in the wed of fate and Frollo really likes this metaphor for him and Esmeralda.

I wished film versions would use this scene as it would be cool to see, but to my knowledge not a single version has done this scene.  Then again, only two versions use the Anakh scene and  that inspired the book.

 

Book 7, Chapter 6, The Effect Produced by Seven Oaths in the Public Square

This is a set-up chapter! This chapter tells us and Frollo, that Phoebus has a hot date with Esmeralda that very night. Not much happens here but you got to love that Jehan messes up her name as Smeralda. Though Phoebus called her Similar in a later chapter is sillier.

Book 7, Chapter 1, On the Danger of Confiding a Secret to a Goat

In this chapter we get a better look at Phoebus as a character and his attitude towards his fiancee, Fleur-de-Lys. Phoebus likes the crude world far too much to feel at ease with Fleur-de-Lys, so he is cold to her and she is sensitive to his aloofness.

THe scene shift as the crowd of women sees Esmeralda and Djali in the square below and ask her to come up. Esmeralda does and at once is berated because she is prettier than them, so they insult her dress and such.

We also find out the Esmeralda never intended to show off Djali spelling Phoebus‘ name, as it was her secret. This is different than how the 1956 and the jetlag verions present it, where she preforms the trick for the crowd. It doesn’t much matter because the important part is it makes Phoebus make his move on Esmeralda which sets up the tragic turn in the story.

Book 7, Chapter 2, Showing that a Priest and a Philosopher are two very different Persons

I have to love this chapter, it’s just banter between Frollo and Gringoire and it’s sort of silly. The juxtaposition of Frollo’s stern obsession that he is trying to conceal mixed with Gringoire’s odd combination of blasé and pathos for his circumstances. I do their exchanged about how Gringoire wouldn’t think of touching his wife.

Book 7, Chapter 3, The Bells

Huh, there was a bell named Guillaume after-all. I’m sorry 1939 version for saying you added it. (You can read that post HERE) Though, Guillame still maybe for when Quasimodo is feeling a little bi-curious.

Anyway, this chapter tells of that for the last two months Quasimodo hasn’t been into his bells. The book doesn’t make it clear if it’s because of the pillory or a new love. He start ringing them again but the he looks to the square and sees Esmeralda.

Quasimodo watching her was also seen the previous chapter as well as the ringing of the bells in the before that.

I suppose as chapter go, it’s ok, it defiantly a nice turing point for Quasimodo, to love outside Notre Dame.

Benedick Blythe as Phoebus, 1997 The Hunchback picture image

Benedick Blythe as Phoebus with Edward Atterton as Gringoire

Phoebus is not a character in the 1997 version of The Hunchback. He is a featured extra who has a few lines but has no importance to the plot. So what does it mean for the story with Phoebus not present in the narrative?

First, it means that there is no noble presence in the characters. Nobles played a bit of a role in the book and in some of the movies. The Film gets around this a little by making the King a slightly bigger character. Not  as big as the 1939 version but he gets few lines. There is also the King’s minster who is the Frollo kills.

It also means Frollo anger isn’t targeted in regards to his lust for Esmeralda. Instead Frollo is being challenged by the minister who is all for the Printing Press. with his resolved weaken Frollo yearns for Esmeralda and when he can’t get her, he kills the minster. And because Frollo used Esmeralda dagger she gets the blame.

This weakens the core of the story as Esmeralda has no reason to kill the minster, unless you count the one line he says dismissing Gypsies as not real people. But the movie doesn’t make bring that up in her trial, so their interaction is nonexistence. It also robs the intensity from Frollo’s lust.

Not having Phoebus also changes Esmeralda’s character. With no other love interest, Esmeralda doesn’t not come off a childish and flighty which suit a standard strong-independent Hayek role well.

 

Can a Hunchback story take place without Phoebus? I suppose it can but I would say that the 1997 version is not a model for how to do it. The killing the minster plot is a weak and sloppy.

Next time – A little by more on the characters

Salma Hayek as Esmeralda, 1997 The Hunchback picture image

Salma Hayek as Esmeralda

 

Julie Zenatti as Fleur de Lys Notre Dame de Paris picture image

Julie Zenatti as Fleur de Lys, Notre Dame de Paris

Fleur de Lys de Gondelaurier is Phoebus’ fiancee. She is a young noblewoman.

Fleur de Lys means lily and is the symbol of France and part of the royal family heraldry.    Lilies denote  purity but a theory on her name indicates that it signifies how alike she is is to the rest of her social class. That she is a stereotype, a symbol of the greater populace.

Her surname is Gondelaurier and it doesn’t seem to be a real surname. It can be broken down to Gond meaning “hinge” or Hinge pin” as a  in a door and laurier meaning laurel tree. The Laurel  tree is her house sigil. One could surmises that the hinge means that she is the door to Phoebus’s social climbing and it “hinges” on her. The laurel imagery also reflects on Phoebus as it has connections to Apollo. Very simply, Apollo fell in love with a nymph named Daphne. Apollo pursued her. She begged her father to help and he turned her into a laurel tree. Apollo took the laurel leaves and made a crown. The connection is that when Fleur de Lys avoids Phoebus, he pursues but only to to get respectability, the crown of laurels.

Watches are great  gift to give as holiday present as they are fun, fashionable and useful. But What watches reflect the Hunchback characters sense of  style? I went through the watches to find the best watches that fit the characters.  I  found an option for both men and women watches. So either buy one for someone in your life who fits the style of a character or ask for one as gift (be sure to the person buying it for to click the link on the Hunchblog ^_~),  and above all else, have fun looking.

ESMERALDA

Esmeralda’s style is youthful, charming and exuberant.

 

For the Ladies

Invicta Women's  Pro Diver Collection 18k Gold-Plated Watch, Esmeralda women, Picture image

Invicta Women’s Pro Diver Collection 18k Gold-Plated Watch

 

 

Invicta Women’s Pro Diver Collection 18k Gold-Plated Watch

 

 

 

 

 

For the Guys

Lucien Piccard Men's Excalibur Black Textured Dial Gold Ion-Plated Stainless Steel Watch, Esmeralda men, picture image

Lucien Piccard Men’s Excalibur Black Textured Dial Gold Ion-Plated Stainless Steel Watch

 

 

Lucien Piccard Men’s Excalibur Black Textured Dial Gold Ion-Plated Stainless Steel Watch

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUASIMODO

Quasimodo’s style is down to earth, humble, and unique.

For the Ladies

Anne Klein Women's  Gold-Tone Tortoise Shell Plastic Bracelet, Quasimodo women watch

Anne Klein Women’s Gold-Tone Tortoise Shell Plastic Bracelet

 

 

Anne Klein Women’s Gold-Tone Tortoise Shell Plastic Bracelet

 

 

 

 

 

For the Guys

Bulova Men's Automatic Mechanical Brown Leather Strap Dial Watch, Quasimodo men, picture image

Bulova Men’s Automatic Mechanical Brown Leather Strap Dial Watch

 

 

Bulova Men’s Automatic Mechanical Brown Leather Strap Dial Watch

 

 

 

 

 

FROLLO

Frollo’s style is dark and refined with an edge.

For the Ladies

Lucien Piccard Women's  Veleta Black Mother-Of-Pearl Dial Swarovski Crystal Accents Black Leather Strap Watch, Frollo, women picture image

Lucien Piccard Women’s Veleta Black Mother-Of-Pearl Dial Swarovski Crystal Accents Black Leather Strap Watch

 

 

Lucien Piccard Women’s Veleta Black Mother-Of-Pearl Dial Swarovski Crystal Accents Black Leather Strap Watch

 

 

 

 

 

For the Guys

Bulova Men's Precisionist Leather Strap Watch, Frollo, picture image

Bulova Men’s Precisionist Leather Strap Watch

 

 

Bulova Men’s Precisionist Leather Strap Watch

 

 

 

 

 

PHOEBUS

Phoebus’s style is bright, simple and militaristic

For the Ladies

Timex Women's Ameritus Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Mesh Bracelet Dress Watch phoebus picture image

Timex Women’s Ameritus Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Mesh Bracelet Dress Watch

 

 

Timex Women’s Ameritus Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Mesh Bracelet Dress Watch

 

 

 

 

 

For the Guys

Bulova Men's  Dress Classic Goldtone Watch phoebus picture image

Bulova Men’s Dress Classic Goldtone Watch

 

 

Bulova Men’s Dress Classic Goldtone Watch

 

 

 

 

 

GRINGOIRE

Gringoire’s style is bold with a flair for the dramatics.

For the Ladies

Swatch Women's  Quartz Rainbow Dial Plastic Watch, Gringoire picture image

Swatch Women’s Quartz Rainbow Dial Plastic Watch

 

 

Swatch Women’s Quartz Rainbow Dial Plastic Watch

(This watch looks Gringoire’s pants in Notre Dame de Paris )

 

 

 

 

For the Guys

Stuhrling Original Men's  Classic Cuvette SD 23k Yellow Gold-Plated Stainless Steel and Brown Leather Strap Watch Gringoire picture image

Stuhrling Original Men’s Classic Cuvette SD 23k Yellow Gold-Plated Stainless Steel and Brown Leather Strap Watch

 

 

Stuhrling Original Men’s Classic Cuvette SD 23k Yellow Gold-Plated Stainless Steel and Brown Leather Strap Watch

 

 

 

 

 

CLOPIN

Clopin’s style is bold and edgy

For the Ladies (this is unisex)

ESQ Movado Unisex  Round Stainless Steel Watch, women, clopin picture image

ESQ Movado Unisex Round Stainless Steel Watch

 

 

ESQ Movado Unisex Round Stainless Steel Watch

 

 

 

 

 

For the Guys

Kenneth Cole New York Men's  Classic Grey Dial Roman Numeral Detail Strap Watch clopin picture image

Kenneth Cole New York Men’s Classic Grey Dial Roman Numeral Detail Strap Watch

 

 

Kenneth Cole New York Men’s Classic Grey Dial Roman Numeral Detail Strap Watch

 

 

 

 

 

FLEUR DE LYS 

Fleur de Lys’ style is classic, delicate and elegant.

For the Ladies

Anne Klein Women's  Swarovski Crystal Elements Silver-Tone Bangle Watch Fleur de lys picture image

Anne Klein Women’s Swarovski Crystal Elements Silver-Tone Bangle Watch

 

 

Anne Klein Women’s Swarovski Crystal Elements Silver-Tone Bangle Watch

 

 

 

 

 

For the Guys

Citizen Men's A Eco-Drive Axiom Watch, Fleur de Lys, picture image

Citizen Men’s A Eco-Drive Axiom Watch

 

 

Citizen Men’s A Eco-Drive Axiom Watch

 

 

 

 

 

DJALI

Djali’s style is fun and bold

For the Ladies

 Invicta Women's Angel Collection Multi-Function Rose Gold Plated White Rubber Watch Djali picture image

Invicta Women’s Angel Collection Multi-Function Rose Gold Plated White Rubber Watch

 

 

Invicta Women’s Angel Collection Multi-Function Rose Gold Plated White Rubber Watch

 

 

 

 

 

For the Guys

Bulova Men's  Classic Two-Tone Tank Watch Djali picture image

Bulova Men’s Classic Two-Tone Tank Watch

 

 

Bulova Men’s Classic Two-Tone Tank Watch

 

 

 

 

 

SISTER GUDULE 

Sister Gudule’s style is humble and simple

For the Ladies

Michael Kors Runway Slim Rose Vachetta Women's Watch, sister gudule, picture image

Michael Kors Runway Slim Rose Vachetta Women’s Watch

 

 

Michael Kors Runway Slim Rose Vachetta Women’s Watch 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Guys

Citizen Men's  "Eco-Drive" Gold-Tone Stainless Steel and Leather Strap Watch sister Gudule picture image

Citizen Men’s “Eco-Drive” Gold-Tone Stainless Steel and Leather Strap Watch

 

 

Citizen Men’s “Eco-Drive” Gold-Tone Stainless Steel and Leather Strap Watch

 

 

 

 

 

JEHAN

 

Jehan’s style is bold, youthful and carefree.

For the Ladies

MULCO Women's Analog Chronograph Swiss Watch jehan picture image

MULCO Women’s Analog Chronograph Swiss Watch

 

 

MULCO Women’s Analog Chronograph Swiss Watch

 

 

 

 

 

For the Guys

Stuhrling Original Men's  Triumph Classic Swiss Quartz Multifunction Gold Tone Watch Jehan picture image

Stuhrling Original Men’s Triumph Classic Swiss Quartz Multifunction Gold Tone Watch

 

 

Stuhrling Original Men’s Triumph Classic Swiss Quartz Multifunction Gold Tone Watch

 

Tomorrow is Halloween. A day of candy, costumes and feeling mildly scared in a fun way. But what would our dear Hunchback characters wear as their costumes?

Phantom of the Opera Halloween Costume for Quasimodo  picture image

Phantom of the Opera Halloween Costume for Quasimodo

Quasimodo  – Phantom of the Opera (Another deformed French but considered sexy by many)

Darth Vader Halloween Costume for Frollo picture image

Darth Vader Halloween Costume for Frollo

Frollo –  Darth Vader (he love wearing black and has a flair for dramatics)

Flapper Halloween Costume for Esmeralda picture image

Flapper, Halloween Costume for Esmeralda

Esmeralda – Flapper

Chick Magnet, Halloween Costume for Phoebus picture image

Chick Magnet, Halloween Costume for Phoebus

Phoebus – Chick Magnet

Edgar Allan Poe, Halloween Costume for Gringoire picture image

Edgar Allan Poe, Halloween Costume for Gringoire

Gringoire –  Edgar Allan Poe

Jack Sparrow, Halloween Costume for Clopin  picture image

Jack Sparrow, Halloween Costume for Clopin

Clopin – Captain Jack Sparrow

Wicked Queen, Halloween Costume for Fleur de Lys  picture image

Wicked Queen, Halloween Costume for Fleur de Lys

Fleur de Lys – A Wicked Queen

Beer Keg, Halloween Costume for Jehan   picture image

Beer Keg, Halloween Costume for Jehan

Jehan – Beer Keg

Kangaroo, Halloween Costume for Sister Gudule picture image

Kangaroo, Halloween Costume for Sister Gudule

Sister Gudule – Kangaroo (she wants to keep her baby close to her)

Lady Gaga, Halloween Costume for Djali  picture image

Lady Gaga, Halloween Costume for Djali

Djali – Lady Gaga (would need to be modified for a Goat)

Phoebus in the 1982 version is a straight-up jerk face. Which makes him a whole new depiction as there is NOTHING redeemable about him, NOTHING!

Robert Powell as Phoebus, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Robert Powell as Phoebus, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

First off, Phoebus in the novel is a handsome womanizer but is this movie his is just a womanizer. He is not very attractive and he seems old for the role.

 Robert Powell as Phoebus & Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Robert Powell as Phoebus & Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

So as was mention before Phoebus is a jerk with no redeeming quality. He first meets Esmeralda and woos her and as soon as he gets in the room he starts acting stand-off and doesn’t really try to continue the seduction. Then the ball drops, Phoebus in this version is married. Upon hearing this Esmeralda leaves and then Phoebus, who is unremorseful, berates her. So when he gets stabs she is leaving anyway but the catharsis is there.

Phoebus getting stab,  1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Phoebus getting stab, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

Of course the joy of his stabbing is short lived as he lives and his near death experience doesn’t make him a better like in the book. As he is recovering he is still a big jerk as he believe Esmeralda should die as she tried to kill him, of course he is looking at her when Frollo stabs him so we can add idiot to his personality.

Robert Powell as Phoebus, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Robert Powell as Phoebus, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

He’s just a jerk with no personality or likability. He also has stupid hat.

Robert Powell as Phoebus, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Robert Powell as Phoebus, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

Next 1982 Article; Clopin

David Suchet as Clopin, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame, picture image

David Suchet as Clopin, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda,  1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

Pretty much the 1982 version follows the 1939 model of how to tell this story. However the 1982 version doesn’t dive into social commentary the same way. The blight of Gypsies is not an issue and Esmeralda doesn’t concern herself social inequality. Esmeralda’s main concerns are not getting arrested, marrying Phoebus and keeping Frollo off of her.

Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda & Derek Jacobi as Frollo,  1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Derek Jacobi as Frollo & Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

Frollo is also different than his 1939 incarnation. For one thing, in the 1982 version he is a priest and has no younger brother. Also he is a little more forward, instead of staring at her he basically tries to get with Esmeralda in the first 20 minutes. He went right to lust. But this version has a decent jail scene so point in its favor. Although I would point out that having Frollo bring Esmeralda into Notre Dame after she gets arrested for dancing and then trying to seduce her robs a bit from the jail scene when Esmeralda asks why he hates her. Esmeralda in the book was scared of Frollo and Frollo’s interaction with her was very limited to no existent. In this movie he is not really acting hateful toward Esmeralda. He acting confused and desperate but he was acting fairly nice toward till he tried touch her and she ran off. So  Esmerald questioning him was tad on the unnecessary side.

Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda & Gerry Sundquist as Gringoire,  1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda & Gerry Sundquist as Gringoire, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

Since the social concerns are not presence in this movie Gringoire has little else to do but moon over Esmeralda, although like in 1939 version he and Esmeralda do fall in love and leave together at the end.

The Death of Frollo, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

The Death of Frollo, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

Speaking of the end, Quasimodo kills Frollo in self- defense by impaling him on a nail. This…..this ……is not cool movie. While I get that the self-defense angle, impaling Frollo on a nail is A) stupid and anti-climactic  and B) having Frollo fall from Notre Dame is a powerful metaphor. My guess the reason why Frollo dies in this manner is the budget but still shame.

Anthony Hopkins as Quasimodo, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Anthony Hopkins as Quasimodo, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

Quasimodo is pretty much the same from 1939 version, Hopkins plays him very sympathetic but it works.

David Suchet as Clopin, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame, picture image

David Suchet as Clopin, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

Clopin is not fun in this version, He is very conniving. He is not to concern about anything other than survival.

 Robert Powell as Phoebus &Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Robert Powell as Phoebus & Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

Phoebus is depicted as huge womanizing jerk who is married in this version. Another strange addition to this version is Frollo offering to buy Esmeralda from Gringoire.

Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda & Derek Jacobi as Frollo,  1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda & Derek Jacobi as Frollo, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

This version plays the story out pretty conventionally. It doesn’t make too many big annoying changes to the plot. The changes they make are small and mostly the impact the characters.

So let’s dive deeper into those characters, let’s start with the heart and soul of the movie; Frollo

Derek Jacobi as Frollo,  1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Derek Jacobi as Frollo, 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame

This is from folder #21 of the pictures of the Asian Tour Cast of Notre Dame de Paris.