The Phantom's heart burned with love, his soul held captive by the beautiful Christine. So great was his passion for her that he ignored the prohibition placed upon him and began sneaking to where he could see her. Always keeping hidden from sight, he courted her only with words. Still, it was enough; Christine had begun to return his affection. And it was for the best that he had watched over her. As the demon reached out to steal away his love, the masked man's form appeared, for the first time, to save her.
The Phantom of the Opera (French: Le Fantôme de l'Opéra) is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was published in volume form in April 1910. The novel is partly inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century and an apocryphal tale concerning the use of a former ballet pupil's skeleton in Hector Berlioz's 1841 production of Der Freischütz. Nowadays, it is overshadowed by the success of its various stage and film adaptations.