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REVIEWS AND GENERAL OPINIONS ABOUT BEAUTY AND THE BEAST-GENRE MEDIA!

 

elf-in-mirror:

I don’t remember who it was that requested a modern chubby Christine (it might have been an Anon?), but here’s a doodle for you ^^

elf-in-mirror:

I don’t remember who it was that requested a modern chubby Christine (it might have been an Anon?), but here’s a doodle for you ^^

asklefantome:

I harbored a significant aversion to The Twitter prior to exploring its nuances, yet I find it an apt arena to flex one’s creative impulses. Take these verses, for example.

asklefantome:

I harbored a significant aversion to The Twitter prior to exploring its nuances, yet I find it an apt arena to flex one’s creative impulses. Take these verses, for example.

meggadoodle asked
AU where Christine is a magical girl, and Erik is the evil villain trying to steal her purity so he may rein supreme and rule the world (theatre) And Raoul is the side line love interest that has no clue what the heck is going on.

hopsjollyhigh:

THIS IS ACTUALLY AMAZING OH MY GOD
Christine would be the cutest magical girl ever and Raoul would be the cutest awkward sideline love interest ever oh my god

Sailor Moon AU again, anyone?

charlesdances:

The Phantom of The Opera (1990) | The Phantom/Erik (Charles Dance) unmasks for the first time for Christine Daae (Teri Polo).

"Christine, nooo… why?” 

hopsjollyhigh:

I like Teri Polo’s reaction to the unmasking a lot more than the stage reaction to the unmasking. Like, fainting is a completely unconscious action that she had no control over and idk that’s sadder to me

She really does try to look at him, but she can’t handle it after a point.  The stage reaction is just terrible.

rewrittengirl asked
Do you have any passages where Leroux describes Erik's house on the lake? Like, I think someone (maybe you) showed how it was probably built in the style of Victorian houses (because he wanted to be normal), and of course his mother's Louis-Philippe furniture, but was there anything else?

fdelopera:

elf-in-mirror:

operafantomet:

fdelopera:

fdelopera:

Hi there! Thanks for your question. Leroux actually gives relatively little information about the layout of Erik’s house, though he does describe several of the individual rooms in detail. I was able to reconstruct the possible layout of Erik’s house based on Christine’s descriptions of the rooms she visited, with some help from Victorian-era housing diagrams. See my conjectures here.

We know that there is a drawing room/living room into which one enters from the door off of the lake. This is the room into which Erik first brought Christine, and where he had arranged all of the excessive bouquets of flowers. This room also contains various furniture, wall hangings, vases, and torches (gas or electric) on the wall. David Coward suggests that Erik’s house was lit and powered by electricity, which would have been possible, since in the early 1880s when the story is set, there was limited use of electricity in the Palais Garnier. Erik could have secretly routed the electrical wiring into his house, which could also explain the sheer dazzling brightness and heat of the torture chamber.

Christine’s room, also called the Louis-Philippe Room, is off of the drawing room. It is a small, simply adorned room with an ensuite bathroom with hot and cold running water. It has a simple mahogany bed in the "lit-bateau" style hung with toile de Jouy fabric (like all of the furniture, it once belonged to Erik’s mother); a chaise longue (on which Erik places Christine after he sings her to sleep the first night); an old Louis-Philippe bureau with brass fittings; a pedestal table; a lamp; a clock; waxed mahogany chairs with lace antimacassars; shelves with various knickknacks from Erik’s mother, such as seashells, red pincushions, mother-of-pearl boats, and an enormous ostrich egg; and a mantelpiece on either end of which sit the little boxes containing the infamous scorpion and grasshopper figurines.

Behind the drawing room is a dining room/music room. In this room, there is a little pedestal table where Christine eats the crayfish and chicken wing, and drinks the Tokay wine, that are part of the lunch that Erik has prepared. This is also the room where Erik plays the harp and the piano, and is the room where the unmasking takes place.

Erik’s room is off of the dining room/music room. As Christine describes in “Apollo’s Lyre”:

"The walls were all hung in black, but in place of the ornamental white tears that normally complement this funereal decoration, I saw the repeated notes of the Dies Irae on an enormous music stave. In the center of the room, there was a canopy from which hung curtains of red brocatelle, and beneath this canopy, there was an open coffin. […] I received such a sinister feeling from that sight that I turned my head. My eyes then encountered the keyboard of an organ that took up an entire side of the wall. On the music stand there was a notation book, scrawled throughout with notes of red. I asked permission to look at it, and I read on the title page: Don Juan Triumphant.”

Off of Christine’s room/the Louis-Philippe room sits the torture chamber. The torture chamber is a small, hexagonal room, with its six walls entirely covered with mirrored panels. These mirrored panels fit into winding drums which can be turned in order to change the illusion reflecting in the mirrors. In the corner of the room sits the iron tree with the thin noose that serves as a gibbet.

Directly below the torture chamber lies the gunpowder room filled with barrels of explosives. Also beneath Erik’s apartment is his wine cellar.

The one room that is conspicuously absent from Leroux’s description is the kitchen. I surmise that this room is probably located behind the dining room, as would be consistent with contemporary housing construction.

Another piece of furniture in Christine’s room/the Louis-Philippe Room is a wardrobe with mirrored glass on the front of it. This has caused some confusion because of a common mistranslation in “Apollo’s Lyre.” There, Christine says:

"Je remarquai que nulle part, dans cet appartement, il n’y avait de glaces."

De Mattos translated this as:

"I noticed that there was no mirror in the whole apartment."

However, it actually means:

"I noticed that there were no mirrors in any part of that apartment/room."

Christine uses the word “appartement” to refer to her room and to Erik’s room, but not to Erik’s house as a whole. She is saying that she noticed that there were no mirrors anywhere in Erik’s room. However, there were mirrors in her room, and of course also mirrors in the torture chamber. So Erik does have mirrors in his house, just not in his room.

It’s interesting Christine describes different ‘apartments’ for her and Erik. Historically any well-to-do couple had exactly that - one apartment/suite for the husband, one for the wife. These rooms would have included a bedroom with bed, some sitting arrangement and a boudoir, a wardrobe, a bathroom, and if economy allowed it, a small drawing room. The husband usually had his study (office/library/hobby room) too.

Married couples did not sleep in the same bed unless invited, and they entertained different guests.

This system was breaking apart around the turn of the century, but both very much real Leroux and fictional Christine would be familiar with this - not to mention the readers at the time. It really feels like it underlines Erik’s desperate need to just live a normal life with a loving wife by his side. Modern readers will usually not get this, cause they see a marrird couple as someone sharing a bed and a bedroom.

At the time, many actually believed that sharing a bedroom could be the death of a marriage - at least romantically, as divorce wasn’t much of an option back then. Seeing your significant other drooling and snorring away (and in Erik’s case; unmasked) should be avoided, as far as possible. Some writers even postulated that a man who shared a bedroom with his wife would be much more likely to take a mistress, because really - how could he still be attracted to his wife after seeing her sleepy-face every morning?

Thank you
operafantomet
and
elf-in-mirror
for elaborating on this! This is great information! Again, for all you Leroux-inspired phanfic writers, Erik did have mirrors in his house by the lake, just not in his room/apartments. Once again, de Mattos’ has caused a century of Phantomy confusion. ;)
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