The Phantom of the Opera (Paperback)
"It was the evening on which MM. Debienne and Poligny, the managers of the Opera, were giving a last gala performanceto mark their retirement. Suddenly the dressing-room of LaSorelli, one of the principal dancers, was invaded by half-adozenyoung ladies of the ballet, who had come up from thestage after "dancing" Polyeucte. They rushed in amid greatconfusion, some giving vent to forced and unnatural laughter, others to cries of terror. Sorelli, who wished to be alone for amoment to "run through" the speech which she was to make tothe resigning managers, looked around angrily at the mad andtumultuous crowd.