The Hunchback of Notre-Dame: Novel Summary: Book IX Chapter 2

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Every town in Europe of the Middle Ages had places of sanctuary where the law could not pursue a criminal. These were most often palaces and churches and it was rare that temporal law violated the holy confines of the church. Notre Dame was one of these places and there was a special room above one of the side aisles for such persons. It was there that Quasimodo had deposited the half-conscious gypsy girl after saving her from the gibbet. When she returned to her senses she recalled all that had happened, most bitterly the knowledge that Phoebus did not love her anymore. She asked of her deformed savior why he had rescued her but he doesn't hear. He returns with some clothing, a white gown and veil and then brings her food, drink and a mattress and exhorts her to eat and sleep. She tries to look at him but his visage is so horrible that she cannot maintain her gaze. In a gentle voice he tells her not to look at him but only to listen. He tells her that she can walk about the church freely at night but never to leave it because they will kill her and, in a tender voice, explains that if she dies he will die as well. Quasimodo departs and the poor girl becomes morose upon considering her situation. She cheers a bit, however, when she sees that Djali is with her. Later that night she takes a walk around the high gallery that circles the cathedral.

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