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Little Lotte question?

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Little Lotte question? #1
Posted: 8/6/20 at 12:47am

Who is this Little Lotte who sits in the attic telling stories and eating chocolates? 

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Little Lotte question? #2
Posted: 8/6/20 at 1:19am

Some skank who could never love the Phantom the way I do

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Little Lotte question? #3
Posted: 8/6/20 at 1:25am
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Little Lotte question? #4
Posted: 8/6/20 at 4:57am

Globefan said: "Who is this Little Lotte who sits in the attic telling stories and eating chocolates?"

In the original book, Christine's father used to tell her and raoul fairy tale stories. One of them is about "little Lotte" who loved nothing more than to listen to the angel of music while falling asleep.

"Christine thought that Lotte was very lucky to hear the Angel of Music when she went to sleep. The Angel of Music played a part in all Daddy Daae's tales; and he maintained that every great musician, every great artist received a visit from the Angel at least once in his life. Sometimes the Angel leans over their cradle, as happened to Lotte, and that is how there are little prodigies who play the fiddle at six better than men at fifty, which, you must admit, is very wonderful. Sometimes, the Angel comes much later, because the children are naughty and won't learn their lessons or practise their scales. And, sometimes, he does not come at all, because the children have a bad heart or a bad conscience. No one ever sees the Angel; but he is heard by those who are meant to hear him. He often comes when they least expect him, when they are sad and disheartened."

When Raoul brings up this story and calls Christine "Little Lotte" after hearing her sing, he means that, apparently, the Angel of Music must have visited her since they last saw each other. Of course, he means this more in a metaphorical way, while Christine actually believes that the Phantom is the Angel from that story her father told her as a child (Yes, she is naive.)

By the way, the story of "Little Lotte" in Gaston Leroux's novel is inspired by the poem "The First Sorrow of the Child / Little Lotte" by norwegian writer Andreas Munch:

The First Sorrow of the Child / Little Lotte

Updated On: 8/6/20 at 04:57 AM