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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:25 am

Okay. First two chapters.

I admit, the first time I read them, back last January I thought they were boring. Now, I love them; they're not my favorites, but still good. I wish I'd read the book before seeing the film, because all these stories about the ghost would have been wonderfully suspenseful. All the ballet girls are pretty darn funny, too.

Raoul's not the sharpest razor in the drawer, yes. Smile But in an adorable naively-impulsive way...kind of like Marius from Les Miz, ya know? He can be annoying, but I like him. Also, he's twenty-one, Christine's age, maybe a year older, so I don't see how he's too young. And yes, Phillipe is awesome. I do love the innuendos about wanting to show Raoul the beauty of Paris.

Erik is...I'm not sure how old exactly, but in his fifties. No, nothing supernatural about him. "Yes, he existed in the flesh and blood, though he preferred to take on the appearance of an actual phantom."

And La Sorelli and Carlotta are actually NOT the same person. Sorelli is the lead ballerina; Carlotta is the lead soprano.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:26 am

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Okay. First two chapters.

I admit, the first time I read them, back last January I thought they were boring. Now, I love them; they're not my favorites, but still good. I wish I'd read the book before seeing the film, because all these stories about the ghost would have been wonderfully suspenseful. All the ballet girls are pretty darn funny, too.

Raoul's not the sharpest razor in the drawer, yes. Smile But in an adorable naively-impulsive way...kind of like Marius from Les Miz, ya know? He can be annoying, but I like him. Also, he's twenty-one, Christine's age, maybe a year older, so I don't see how he's too young. And yes, Phillipe is awesome. I do love the innuendos about wanting to show Raoul the beauty of Paris.

Erik is...I'm not sure how old exactly, but in his fifties. No, nothing supernatural about him. "Yes, he existed in the flesh and blood, though he preferred to take on the appearance of an actual phantom."

And La Sorelli and Carlotta are actually NOT the same person. Sorelli is the lead ballerina; Carlotta is the lead soprano.

Okay, was La Sorelli in the movie, then?
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:30 am

No, Sorelli wasn't in the movie. (And on a side note, I love Sorelli's name. Makes me think of Pirelli.)
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:31 am

Makes me think of Pirelli, from Sweeney Todd, too! Laughing

Whenever her name popped up in the first 2 chapters, I started humming "Pirelli's Magical Elixir" to myself.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:18 am

Okay, so they're NOT the same person and I'm not an idiot for missing that?
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:24 am

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I also think it was the phantom that was in the dressing room with Christine. I kind of wish we got to hear more of their conversation.

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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:27 am

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No, Sorelli wasn't in the movie. (And on a side note, I love Sorelli's name. Makes me think of Pirelli.)

Oho! I'm not the only one! alien And I totally agree with your opinion on Raoul. Not the brightest bulb on the horizon, but kind of foolishly gallant and for a damsel in distress type girl as Christine is, they're pretty well matched.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:48 am

So far I get the impression that Christine is somewhat of a flake, for lack of a better word. Yes, everyone was surprised that she sung so well, including herself, but is that really any reason to faint? Did that bother anyone else or is it just me? I've only read the first couple chapters, so my opinion could change, but that's how it stands right now.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:02 pm

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So far I get the impression that Christine is somewhat of a flake, for lack of a better word. Yes, everyone was surprised that she sung so well, including herself, but is that really any reason to faint? Did that bother anyone else or is it just me? I've only read the first couple chapters, so my opinion could change, but that's how it stands right now.

Now that you mention it, it was a bit of an overreaction. In her defense I would like to state that she probably realized that her earlier performance had just rocketed her from a small time singer onto the fast track of Paris, so we should just be thankful she didn't faint during her performance.
Chapter four has a cliffhanging (at least for me) ending which is both suspenseful and agonizing. Leroux's way of building up the tension and mystery about the Phantom is very cleaver, and makes the book very enjoyable.
The new mangers (I forgot their name) are playing a dangerous game with fate, but I can't really blame their unbelief at something so seemingly supernatural. So far it's been a wonderful read though, and one that I wasn't planning on looking into until you guys voted for it. I don't always know what 's good for me... thumbs
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:05 pm

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So far I get the impression that Christine is somewhat of a flake, for lack of a better word. Yes, everyone was surprised that she sung so well, including herself, but is that really any reason to faint? Did that bother anyone else or is it just me? I've only read the first couple chapters, so my opinion could change, but that's how it stands right now.

Now that you mention it, it was a bit of an overreaction. In her defense I would like to state that she probably realized that her earlier performance had just rocketed her from a small time singer onto the fast track of Paris, so we should just be thankful she didn't faint during her performance.
Chapter four has a cliffhanging (at least for me) ending which is both suspenseful and agonizing. Leroux's way of building up the tension and mystery about the Phantom is very cleaver, and makes the book very enjoyable.
The new mangers (I forgot their name) are playing a dangerous game with fate, but I can't really blame their unbelief at something so seemingly supernatural. So far it's been a wonderful read though, and one that I wasn't planning on looking into until you guys voted for it. I don't always know what 's good for me... thumbs

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Chapters three and four.
Not much happened in chapter three, did it? Other than the new managers making fools of themselves with the notes. I mean, who actually thinks that someone would come up with such an elaborate plot as hiring out a "phantom" for the dinner, writing clauses in strange hand for a free box, and then continuing a correspondence over said box? That's just silly. I mean, I would just let the Phantom have the box. If it's already empty, what's the harm?
Chapter four kind of made me even angrier at the new managers. They treated Madame Giry like she was beneath them even though she is apparently a very dignified, truthful, hard-working woman. At least the Phantom appreciates her services at the box. Which brings me to the question, Who is the Phantom's lady? What are the manager's going to do about what they seem to think is a problem with Box 5?
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:28 pm

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Chapters three and four.
Not much happened in chapter three, did it? Other than the new managers making fools of themselves with the notes. I mean, who actually thinks that someone would come up with such an elaborate plot as hiring out a "phantom" for the dinner, writing clauses in strange hand for a free box, and then continuing a correspondence over said box? That's just silly. I mean, I would just let the Phantom have the box. If it's already empty, what's the harm?
Chapter four kind of made me even angrier at the new managers. They treated Madame Giry like she was beneath them even though she is apparently a very dignified, truthful, hard-working woman. At least the Phantom appreciates her services at the box. Which brings me to the question, Who is the Phantom's lady? What are the manager's going to do about what they seem to think is a problem with Box 5?

I suppose an elaborate practical joke seems more likely than a ghost, although I do agree they acted like fools. There comes a point when you just have to believe something because of all the evidence, no matter how unlikely it seems.

I'm not sure what scene you're speaking of with Madame Giry and the "Phantom's lady." Perhaps our chapters are different, but Madame Giry wasn't mentioned in my Chapter four.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:43 am

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Chapters three and four.
Not much happened in chapter three, did it? Other than the new managers making fools of themselves with the notes. I mean, who actually thinks that someone would come up with such an elaborate plot as hiring out a "phantom" for the dinner, writing clauses in strange hand for a free box, and then continuing a correspondence over said box? That's just silly. I mean, I would just let the Phantom have the box. If it's already empty, what's the harm?
Chapter four kind of made me even angrier at the new managers. They treated Madame Giry like she was beneath them even though she is apparently a very dignified, truthful, hard-working woman. At least the Phantom appreciates her services at the box. Which brings me to the question, Who is the Phantom's lady? What are the manager's going to do about what they seem to think is a problem with Box 5?

I suppose an elaborate practical joke seems more likely than a ghost, although I do agree they acted like fools. There comes a point when you just have to believe something because of all the evidence, no matter how unlikely it seems.

I'm not sure what scene you're speaking of with Madame Giry and the "Phantom's lady." Perhaps our chapters are different, but Madame Giry wasn't mentioned in my Chapter four.

That's weird, because she's in mine. She's the keeper of Box Five, so the new managers call her in to talk to her about her experience with the Phantom. Madame Giry says that the Phantom sometimes brings a lady, and she once left a fan in the box. The managers then think Madame Giry is insane or lying, so they decide to take matters into their own hands.
Which copy do you have, Nicholle? I have a Harper Perennial version.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:07 am

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Chapters three and four.
Not much happened in chapter three, did it? Other than the new managers making fools of themselves with the notes. I mean, who actually thinks that someone would come up with such an elaborate plot as hiring out a "phantom" for the dinner, writing clauses in strange hand for a free box, and then continuing a correspondence over said box? That's just silly. I mean, I would just let the Phantom have the box. If it's already empty, what's the harm?
Chapter four kind of made me even angrier at the new managers. They treated Madame Giry like she was beneath them even though she is apparently a very dignified, truthful, hard-working woman. At least the Phantom appreciates her services at the box. Which brings me to the question, Who is the Phantom's lady? What are the manager's going to do about what they seem to think is a problem with Box 5?

I suppose an elaborate practical joke seems more likely than a ghost, although I do agree they acted like fools. There comes a point when you just have to believe something because of all the evidence, no matter how unlikely it seems.

I'm not sure what scene you're speaking of with Madame Giry and the "Phantom's lady." Perhaps our chapters are different, but Madame Giry wasn't mentioned in my Chapter four.

That's weird, because she's in mine. She's the keeper of Box Five, so the new managers call her in to talk to her about her experience with the Phantom. Madame Giry says that the Phantom sometimes brings a lady, and she once left a fan in the box. The managers then think Madame Giry is insane or lying, so they decide to take matters into their own hands.
Which copy do you have, Nicholle? I have a Harper Perennial version.

Bantam Doubleday Dell. noidea
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:11 am

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Tourterelle wrote:
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Chapters three and four.
Not much happened in chapter three, did it? Other than the new managers making fools of themselves with the notes. I mean, who actually thinks that someone would come up with such an elaborate plot as hiring out a "phantom" for the dinner, writing clauses in strange hand for a free box, and then continuing a correspondence over said box? That's just silly. I mean, I would just let the Phantom have the box. If it's already empty, what's the harm?
Chapter four kind of made me even angrier at the new managers. They treated Madame Giry like she was beneath them even though she is apparently a very dignified, truthful, hard-working woman. At least the Phantom appreciates her services at the box. Which brings me to the question, Who is the Phantom's lady? What are the manager's going to do about what they seem to think is a problem with Box 5?

I suppose an elaborate practical joke seems more likely than a ghost, although I do agree they acted like fools. There comes a point when you just have to believe something because of all the evidence, no matter how unlikely it seems.

I'm not sure what scene you're speaking of with Madame Giry and the "Phantom's lady." Perhaps our chapters are different, but Madame Giry wasn't mentioned in my Chapter four.

That's weird, because she's in mine. She's the keeper of Box Five, so the new managers call her in to talk to her about her experience with the Phantom. Madame Giry says that the Phantom sometimes brings a lady, and she once left a fan in the box. The managers then think Madame Giry is insane or lying, so they decide to take matters into their own hands.
Which copy do you have, Nicholle? I have a Harper Perennial version.

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What was your chapter four about, then? That's really weird. I'm gonna go look at the online version, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:13 am

Kelsey wrote:
Tourterelle wrote:
Kelsey wrote:
Tourterelle wrote:
Kelsey wrote:

Chapters three and four.
Not much happened in chapter three, did it? Other than the new managers making fools of themselves with the notes. I mean, who actually thinks that someone would come up with such an elaborate plot as hiring out a "phantom" for the dinner, writing clauses in strange hand for a free box, and then continuing a correspondence over said box? That's just silly. I mean, I would just let the Phantom have the box. If it's already empty, what's the harm?
Chapter four kind of made me even angrier at the new managers. They treated Madame Giry like she was beneath them even though she is apparently a very dignified, truthful, hard-working woman. At least the Phantom appreciates her services at the box. Which brings me to the question, Who is the Phantom's lady? What are the manager's going to do about what they seem to think is a problem with Box 5?

I suppose an elaborate practical joke seems more likely than a ghost, although I do agree they acted like fools. There comes a point when you just have to believe something because of all the evidence, no matter how unlikely it seems.

I'm not sure what scene you're speaking of with Madame Giry and the "Phantom's lady." Perhaps our chapters are different, but Madame Giry wasn't mentioned in my Chapter four.

That's weird, because she's in mine. She's the keeper of Box Five, so the new managers call her in to talk to her about her experience with the Phantom. Madame Giry says that the Phantom sometimes brings a lady, and she once left a fan in the box. The managers then think Madame Giry is insane or lying, so they decide to take matters into their own hands.
Which copy do you have, Nicholle? I have a Harper Perennial version.

Bantam Doubleday Dell. noidea

What was your chapter four about, then? That's really weird. I'm gonna go look at the online version, too.

The online chapter four "Box Five" was just as mine is.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:17 am

Kelsey wrote:
Kelsey wrote:
Tourterelle wrote:
Kelsey wrote:
Tourterelle wrote:
Kelsey wrote:

Chapters three and four.
Not much happened in chapter three, did it? Other than the new managers making fools of themselves with the notes. I mean, who actually thinks that someone would come up with such an elaborate plot as hiring out a "phantom" for the dinner, writing clauses in strange hand for a free box, and then continuing a correspondence over said box? That's just silly. I mean, I would just let the Phantom have the box. If it's already empty, what's the harm?
Chapter four kind of made me even angrier at the new managers. They treated Madame Giry like she was beneath them even though she is apparently a very dignified, truthful, hard-working woman. At least the Phantom appreciates her services at the box. Which brings me to the question, Who is the Phantom's lady? What are the manager's going to do about what they seem to think is a problem with Box 5?

I suppose an elaborate practical joke seems more likely than a ghost, although I do agree they acted like fools. There comes a point when you just have to believe something because of all the evidence, no matter how unlikely it seems.

I'm not sure what scene you're speaking of with Madame Giry and the "Phantom's lady." Perhaps our chapters are different, but Madame Giry wasn't mentioned in my Chapter four.

That's weird, because she's in mine. She's the keeper of Box Five, so the new managers call her in to talk to her about her experience with the Phantom. Madame Giry says that the Phantom sometimes brings a lady, and she once left a fan in the box. The managers then think Madame Giry is insane or lying, so they decide to take matters into their own hands.
Which copy do you have, Nicholle? I have a Harper Perennial version.

Bantam Doubleday Dell. noidea

What was your chapter four about, then? That's really weird. I'm gonna go look at the online version, too.

The online chapter four "Box Five" was just as mine is.

It hurts my eyes to read books online.

I'll just try to get your version, I guess. noidea
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:21 am

Tourterelle wrote:
Kelsey wrote:
Kelsey wrote:
Tourterelle wrote:
Kelsey wrote:
Tourterelle wrote:
Kelsey wrote:

Chapters three and four.
Not much happened in chapter three, did it? Other than the new managers making fools of themselves with the notes. I mean, who actually thinks that someone would come up with such an elaborate plot as hiring out a "phantom" for the dinner, writing clauses in strange hand for a free box, and then continuing a correspondence over said box? That's just silly. I mean, I would just let the Phantom have the box. If it's already empty, what's the harm?
Chapter four kind of made me even angrier at the new managers. They treated Madame Giry like she was beneath them even though she is apparently a very dignified, truthful, hard-working woman. At least the Phantom appreciates her services at the box. Which brings me to the question, Who is the Phantom's lady? What are the manager's going to do about what they seem to think is a problem with Box 5?

I suppose an elaborate practical joke seems more likely than a ghost, although I do agree they acted like fools. There comes a point when you just have to believe something because of all the evidence, no matter how unlikely it seems.

I'm not sure what scene you're speaking of with Madame Giry and the "Phantom's lady." Perhaps our chapters are different, but Madame Giry wasn't mentioned in my Chapter four.

That's weird, because she's in mine. She's the keeper of Box Five, so the new managers call her in to talk to her about her experience with the Phantom. Madame Giry says that the Phantom sometimes brings a lady, and she once left a fan in the box. The managers then think Madame Giry is insane or lying, so they decide to take matters into their own hands.
Which copy do you have, Nicholle? I have a Harper Perennial version.

Bantam Doubleday Dell. noidea

What was your chapter four about, then? That's really weird. I'm gonna go look at the online version, too.

The online chapter four "Box Five" was just as mine is.

It hurts my eyes to read books online.

I'll just try to get your version, I guess. noidea

Oh, no! I wasn't suggesting you read the online; I was just trying to figure out which of our copies was off and why. Yours wouldn't happen to be the teen version, would it? I know that there are three versions of the book, but I assumed only the children's version would be changed at all. If you do have the teen version, that might be the difference.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:22 am

Kelsey wrote:
Tourterelle wrote:
Kelsey wrote:
Kelsey wrote:
Tourterelle wrote:
Kelsey wrote:
Tourterelle wrote:
Kelsey wrote:

Chapters three and four.
Not much happened in chapter three, did it? Other than the new managers making fools of themselves with the notes. I mean, who actually thinks that someone would come up with such an elaborate plot as hiring out a "phantom" for the dinner, writing clauses in strange hand for a free box, and then continuing a correspondence over said box? That's just silly. I mean, I would just let the Phantom have the box. If it's already empty, what's the harm?
Chapter four kind of made me even angrier at the new managers. They treated Madame Giry like she was beneath them even though she is apparently a very dignified, truthful, hard-working woman. At least the Phantom appreciates her services at the box. Which brings me to the question, Who is the Phantom's lady? What are the manager's going to do about what they seem to think is a problem with Box 5?

I suppose an elaborate practical joke seems more likely than a ghost, although I do agree they acted like fools. There comes a point when you just have to believe something because of all the evidence, no matter how unlikely it seems.

I'm not sure what scene you're speaking of with Madame Giry and the "Phantom's lady." Perhaps our chapters are different, but Madame Giry wasn't mentioned in my Chapter four.

That's weird, because she's in mine. She's the keeper of Box Five, so the new managers call her in to talk to her about her experience with the Phantom. Madame Giry says that the Phantom sometimes brings a lady, and she once left a fan in the box. The managers then think Madame Giry is insane or lying, so they decide to take matters into their own hands.
Which copy do you have, Nicholle? I have a Harper Perennial version.

Bantam Doubleday Dell. noidea

What was your chapter four about, then? That's really weird. I'm gonna go look at the online version, too.

The online chapter four "Box Five" was just as mine is.

It hurts my eyes to read books online.

I'll just try to get your version, I guess. noidea

Oh, no! I wasn't suggesting you read the online; I was just trying to figure out which of our copies was off and why. Yours wouldn't happen to be the teen version, would it? I know that there are three versions of the book, but I assumed only the children's version would be changed at all. If you do have the teen version, that might be the difference.

You know, it might be. I didn't really check carefully to see if it was the original.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:26 am

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Chapters three and four.
Not much happened in chapter three, did it? Other than the new managers making fools of themselves with the notes. I mean, who actually thinks that someone would come up with such an elaborate plot as hiring out a "phantom" for the dinner, writing clauses in strange hand for a free box, and then continuing a correspondence over said box? That's just silly. I mean, I would just let the Phantom have the box. If it's already empty, what's the harm?
Chapter four kind of made me even angrier at the new managers. They treated Madame Giry like she was beneath them even though she is apparently a very dignified, truthful, hard-working woman. At least the Phantom appreciates her services at the box. Which brings me to the question, Who is the Phantom's lady? What are the manager's going to do about what they seem to think is a problem with Box 5?

I suppose an elaborate practical joke seems more likely than a ghost, although I do agree they acted like fools. There comes a point when you just have to believe something because of all the evidence, no matter how unlikely it seems.

I'm not sure what scene you're speaking of with Madame Giry and the "Phantom's lady." Perhaps our chapters are different, but Madame Giry wasn't mentioned in my Chapter four.

That's weird, because she's in mine. She's the keeper of Box Five, so the new managers call her in to talk to her about her experience with the Phantom. Madame Giry says that the Phantom sometimes brings a lady, and she once left a fan in the box. The managers then think Madame Giry is insane or lying, so they decide to take matters into their own hands.
Which copy do you have, Nicholle? I have a Harper Perennial version.

Bantam Doubleday Dell. noidea

What was your chapter four about, then? That's really weird. I'm gonna go look at the online version, too.

The online chapter four "Box Five" was just as mine is.

It hurts my eyes to read books online.

I'll just try to get your version, I guess. noidea

Oh, no! I wasn't suggesting you read the online; I was just trying to figure out which of our copies was off and why. Yours wouldn't happen to be the teen version, would it? I know that there are three versions of the book, but I assumed only the children's version would be changed at all. If you do have the teen version, that might be the difference.

You know, it might be. I didn't really check carefully to see if it was the original.

It should say on the cover somewhere, I think. Mine does.
You wouldn't think they'd change a teen version, though, even if that is what you have.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:51 pm

I think my chapters might be shorter than yours, somehow.

No big deal. I put your copy on hold at the library, and read ahead in the copy I have right now.

I see what you mean about Madame Giry: she's a respectable woman, and they were treating her like dirt. Again, I guess the thought that the whole Opera contains a bunch of pranksters/liars seems more likely than the idea of a ghost. If the new owners do take her up on the idea to sit in Box Five by themselves, however, they might finally understand that (duh) there is an Opera ghost.

Has anyone else reached the part where it talks more about Raoul's puppy love for Christine?
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:01 am

What're we up to now? Through chapter eight?

Well, I thought that Raoul and Christine's little childhood sweetness was cute. Chapter five was when I stopped preferring the movie.
I'm glad that the new managers now seem to believe in the Phantom, and that Carlotta is a toad.
I was a little surprised at how much this book is about Raoul. (I mean, the book should have been called Raoul the Sissy Follows Christine so far, but I don't think that title would have caught on.)
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:56 pm

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What're we up to now? Through chapter eight?

Well, I thought that Raoul and Christine's little childhood sweetness was cute. Chapter five was when I stopped preferring the movie.
I'm glad that the new managers now seem to believe in the Phantom, and that Carlotta is a toad.
I was a little surprised at how much this book is about Raoul. (I mean, the book should have been called Raoul the Sissy Follows Christine so far, but I don't think that title would have caught on.)

It becomes more about the Phantom later on. That's when I really started getting into the book. Erik kicks Raoul's sissy butt!
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:40 pm

How far should we all have read by now? i think I'm behind Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:32 am

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How far should we all have read by now? i think I'm behind Crying or Very sad

There's no way you can be behind. Just take it at your own pace. However, the set schedule is supposed to have been done with chapter ten by Friday night (whenever your Friday is).
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:33 am

I've been reading 2-3 chapters a day. That seems to be what everyone else is doing too, right?
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