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Dear Deceased Sir

Letter Challenge Day Eleven – A Deceased Person I Wish I Could Talk To

Dear Monsieur Leroux,

I have so much to ask, so much I’m longing to know about you: your world, your time, your vocation and inspiration. Please forgive the untoward approach of my letter. If my words trip over each other like excited children, it is only due to my great admiration for your work that cannot easily be constrained by the oft times emotionless fetters of precise language. I ask you to bear with my inordinate influx of questions. Were you to take these questions at face value, surely I would seem shockingly ignorant. However, I assure you that even those things I may be knowledgeable in will be greatly expounded–I hope–by your firsthand experience and unique genius.

Allow me to begin.

Did gentlemen find the lady’s bustle a thing of beauty and fascination, or was it merely a fashion to be enjoyed among the womenfolk?

What would you say was the greatest invention of your time?

Would you be so kind as to explain the Paris Commune and the effect it had on the theaters?

How great was the social divide between a victome and a ballet dancer? Similarly, what was the social divide between a victome and an opera singer?

What is the secret to writing a great mystery?

What exactly were the circumstances, and where was your person when you first discovered the Théâtre de l’Opéra was haunted by a tragic entity?

What on earth is so special about Christine that leads her to being the tip of this love triangle?

Were you in agreement with Messieurs Charles Garnier and Alexandre Dumas along with many other architectural and literary giants that the Eiffel Tower is an “odious column built up of riveted iron plates” a “black blot” an “eye-sore” and was a terrible thing to be constructed?

Your great-granddaughter said in an interview that you would be proud to know that your novel is still being adapted into film versions. How would you feel about fan fiction? Is the Phantom’s story diminished by being given a less tragic ending?

What sorts of disguises did you use in order to gain entrance to the prisons where you interviewed the inmates?

What was a courtship and marriage of that period really like?

Will you come back to mercilessly haunt Andrew Lloyd Webber for his distasteful Phantom sequel?

With fondest regard,

Miss W.


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