I look at his picture on a website, and I wonder: "Were you lying, Gaston Leroux? Or was there even a small piece of reality in your words?". Sure, there have been many stories after his about the Phantom.
"What could be the truth? There have been stories about you, one of them saying that when you were on your death bed, you said that the Phantom is real...whatshould I believe?"
That's all I know:
The Phantom wanted to disappear, and back in the 19th century, it was extremely easy. Only in our time it's hard to do. Christine wasn't Daae, but Dahe, she was a chorus girl/dancer, so completely anonymous, not a singer, not a famous renowned dancer...just a plain girl. No one would've mentioned her anywhere, unless she was famous and rich or extraordinary talented. She was probably french, too. Probably, the De Changy's weren't even involved with the story. Leroux wanted to make it interesting...so he put in drama. He made Christine from "Pauline Bellini" (as mentioned in the first drafts of his novel) to Christine Daae, probably wanting to make it closer to the real story. Erik was just a name, I guess. But we cannot be sure on that. Rouen (Erik's birthplace) was Leroux's mother's birthplace, and he had been visiting often. Also, the De Changy's had a permanent residence nearby! I just wish the story were completely and one hundred per cent true...but he was probably...faking it.
Excuse my use of "probably" so often in this text...
Thank you, Gaston Leroux, for giving us something to love :)
P.S. This post DOESN'T MEAN THAT I will stop posting stuff like before. This was just...more of a personal post. A recap.