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Notre-Dame De Paris

BY

VICTOR HUGO

TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH

BY

ISABEL F. HAPGOOD

 

VOL. I

 

NEW YORK
THOMAS Y. CROWELL & CO.

Copyright, 1888, by
T. Y. Crowell & Co.

 

Electrotyped by
C. J. Peters & Son, Boston.

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A few years ago, while visiting or, rather, rummaging about Notre-Dame, the author of this book found, in an obscure nook of one of the towers, the following word, engraved by hand upon the wall:—

ἈΝΆΓΚΗ.

These Greek capitals, black with age, and quite deeply graven in the stone, with I know not what signs peculiar to Gothic caligraphy imprinted upon their forms and upon their attitudes, as though with the purpose of revealing that it had been a hand of the Middle Ages which had inscribed them there, and especially the fatal and melancholy meaning contained in them, struck the author deeply.

He questioned himself; he sought to divine who could have been that soul in torment which had not been willing to quit this world without leaving this stigma of crime or unhappiness upon the brow of the ancient church.

Afterwards, the wall was whitewashed or scraped down, I know not which, and the inscription disappeared. For it is thus that people have been in the habit of proceeding with the marvellous churches of the Middle Ages for the last two hundred years. Mutilations come to them from every quarter, from within as well as from without. The priest whitewashes them, the archdeacon scrapes them down; then the populace arrives and demolishes them.

Thus, with the exception of the fragile memory which the author of this book here consecrates to it, there remains to-day nothing whatever of the mysterious word engraved within the gloomy tower of Notre-Dame,—nothing of the destiny which it so sadly summed up. The man who wrote that word upon the wall disappeared from the midst of the generations of man many centuries ago; the word, in its turn, has been effaced from the wall of the church; the church will, perhaps, itself soon disappear from the face of the earth.

It is upon this word that this book is founded.

March. 1831.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

VOLUME I.

  1. BOOK FIRST.
  2. CHAPTERPAGE
  3. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    1
  4. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    17
  5. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    28
  6. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    36
  7. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    46
  8. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    54
  9. BOOK SECOND.
  10. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    57
  11. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    61
  12. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    64
  13. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    75
  14. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    80
  15. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    83
  16. VII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    103
  17. BOOK THIRD.
  18. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    114
  19. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    124
  20. BOOK FOURTH.
  21. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    150
  22. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    155
  23. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    161
  24. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    169
  25. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    171
  26. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    178
  27. BOOK FIFTH.
  28. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    180
  29. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    191
  30. BOOK SIXTH.
  31. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    207
  32. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    219
  33. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    224
  34. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    246
  35. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    256

TABLE OF CONTENTS

VOLUME II.

  1. BOOK SEVENTH.
  2. CHAPTERPAGE
  3. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    1
  4. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    17
  5. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    27
  6. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    30
  7. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    45
  8. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    52
  9. VII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    57
  10. VIII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    66
  11. BOOK EIGHTH.
  12. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    75
  13. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    86
  14. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    92
  15. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    96
  16. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    111
  17. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    116
  18. BOOK NINTH.
  19. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    135
  20. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    148
  21. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    153
  22. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    157
  23. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    169
  24. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    172
  25. BOOK TENTH.
  26. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    177
  27. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    189
  28. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    192
  29. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    201
  30. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    222
  31. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    255
  32. VII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    257
  33. BOOK ELEVENTH.
  34. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    261
  35. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    296
  36. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    306
  37. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    308
  38. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    311

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