About the Author
Date of Birth:February 26, 1802
Date of Death:May 22, 1885
Place of Birth:Besançon, France
Place of Death:Paris, France
Education:Pension Cordier, Paris, 1815-18
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In the city of Paris, a church bell was ringing. Then another bell was heard. And then, another. All the church bells in Paris were ringing. But the loudest bells came from one church. It was a big, old church in the heart of the City. It was Feast of Fools' Day. A great day of fun! It was a day when all of Paris had a great big party. It was the day to pick a new king. Not a real king. This was just for fun. The people of Paris walked to the old church - the Church of Notre Dame. They were waiting for the party to begin. It was to start at twelve o'clock. It would begin with a play. The people looked up at the church's big clock. The hands of the clock were not on the twelve. They would just have to wait a little longer. But they grew tired of waiting. "The play! The play! The play!" they shouted. "Let's start the party now.''' The people began pushing and fighting. At last it was twelve o'clock and the play began. But the people were shouting so much, they didn't know it had started.
Table of Contents
Festival of fools Attack! Cruelty and kindness Esmeralda on trial Rescue In the cathedral The bitter end.