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MonkeyNotes-The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
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Chapters 19 and 20

Summary

At the time of the novel, Quasimodo is about twenty, and Claude Frollo has begun to grow old. The priest is the only person Quasimodo cares about; in fact, he probably loves Frollo more than he loves Notre-Dame.

Frollo has spent his adult life at Notre-Dame, caring for Quasimodo and continuing to immerse himself in his studies. He has a secret cell located on the top of a tower within Notre- Dame, close to the Place de Greve; he spends long hours in this cell, pouring over his books.

Spending their lives together, Quasimodo and Frollo are dependent open each other.

The people of Paris cannot understand their relationship. They regard the hunchback and the priest as the demon and his master and often make comments like, "There goes one (the priest) whose soul is like the other’s body!"


Notes

The bond between Claude Frollo and Quasimodo is incredibly strong. Frollo becomes the only person in Quasimodo’s life, and the hunchback is, therefore, quite dependent on him. They are drawn more closely together because both are hated by the general public.

Jehan Frollo continues to be a disappointing failure. In spite of his older brother’s efforts, Jehan amounts to nothing. Hugo mentions his destiny to fail, which suggests that no effort on the part of his brother could have kept him from becoming what he is.

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