• Leroux begins the prologue by writing that the Opera Ghost was real, and not a figment of the imagination.
• He notes that through the story, we will learn about the kidnapping of Daae, the death of the Count de Chagny and the disappearance of the Viscount de Chagny.
• Leroux then gives evidence, including Moncharmin, the former manager’s, memoirs, in which he writes of the ‘magic envelope’ connected with the Ghost.
• In addition, he has spoken with a man known just as the Persian, who personally knew the ghost.
• Leroux has also received a letter from a General, urging him to publish the book.
• Finally, Leroux notes that the corpse of the Opera Ghost was finally found in the vaults of the Opera House.
• The managers of the Opera, Debienne and Poligny, are about to retire.
• Girls from the corps de ballet enter a principal ballerina...
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