The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
?Love is like a tree, it grows of its own accord, it puts down deep roots into our whole being.?
Set in medieval Paris, against the backdrop of the brooding Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Hugo?s take on the classic story of Beauty and the Beast tells of the hunchbacked, grotesque bellringer, Quasimodo. Rejected by Parisian society because of his appearance, Quasimodo resides in Notre-Dame, harbouring a love for the only woman that pities him, a gypsy named Esmerelda. However, a sinister archdeacon also covets Esmerelda, and when his advances are spurned, he seeks to destroy her.